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Updated to Q1 2019
Upcoming scheduled bisphenol (BPA) plant turnarounds in parts of northeast and southeast Asia in the later part of the first quarter of 2019 is expected to limit production and keep supply availability in check.
Downstream polycarbonate plant expansions in China is expected to encourage raw material BPA demand in the near term. China’s Luxi recently added a third 65,000 tonne/year line to its PC plant which could help sustain raw material BPA demand in the near term.
Supply continues to look long at the start of the year, with competitively priced BPA cargoes expected to arrive in mid-January. Production in China will tail off in early February due to the Lunar New Year holidays, which could further lengthen supply. If appetite for material returns in China following the festivities, supply could be quickly redirected.
There is little support from downstream markets for a sudden uptick in BPA prices. If consumers are running low on material, they may need to re-fill inventories, which could increase demand. Buyers may have bought sufficiently when prices began to decline, and competitive offers from Asian producers could curtail demand for domestic material.
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Bis-phenol A is produced by the condensation of phenol and acetone in the presence of an acid catalyst (hydrogen chloride) and usually a promoter such as methyl mercaptan.
Bisphenol-A (BPA) occurs as white crystals or flakes with a slightly phenolic odour. It is soluble in ether, ethyl alcohol, acetone and slightly soluble in water.
The main outlet for BPA is in the manufacture of polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is used in a variety of applications such as optical media industry, electrical and electronic, construction, automotive and packaging.
BPA is driven primarily by increasingly strong demand for polycarbonate resins.
The second largest end use of BPA is epoxy resins. There are several types of epoxy resins but those based on BPA and epichlorohydrin account for the majority. High performance coatings are one of the primary applications followed by electrical/electronic laminates, adhesives, flooring and paving applications, mainly in the automotive, construction and aerospace industries.
Other key uses of BPA include flame retardants (mainly tetrabromobisphenol A), unsaturated polyester resins and polyacrylate, polyetherimide and polysulphone resins.
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