The ICIS Epoxy Resin reports are published in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis. In Asia and the US, the price assessments focus on liquid spot.
In Europe and the US, contract prices are for liquid and solid grades. These reliable and unbiased prices are collated by our locally based reporters and the news and analysis about production issues, upstream and downstream movements, plus supporting graphs all go towards making this an essential resource if you are buying or selling in the market.
Updated to Q1 2019
Supply is expected to be unchanged as there is no upcoming plant maintenance scheduled during the quarter. There is also no sign that the Chinese government will ease its environmental regulations. As a result, many epoxy resins plants in China have been shut since early 2017.
Demand for epoxy resins is expected to pick-up in the quarter amid year-end restocking activities. In particular, Japan is seeing strong demand for epoxy resins amid tight domestic supply. Demand in Europe and US is expected to remain subdued as buyers have the option to source competitively-priced domestic material.
Many market participants are reticent to make assertions about how Q1 2019 will pan out, but availability remains healthy at the beginning of the year. An uptick in demand from China could direct volumes away from the European market, or upstream tightening could constrict supply towards the end of the quarter.
2019 has started on a more volatile footing than last year, and demand is weaker. Initial feedback suggests January prices could decline. Sentiment could remain unchanged until after Lunar New Year. Demand from the coatings industry appears stable, and consumption from the construction sector will pick up when the weather improves.
Supply should continue to remain healthy as the pace of imports coming into the US remains steady, giving buyers flexibility with their sourcing. But some buyers could become cautious amid increasing concerns of waning downstream demand, although they will likely take a wait-and-see approach.
Seasonal demand is expected to remain slow, keeping prices steady-to-soft. Sentiment regarding the long-term picture is mixed. Some sources feel demand could soften amid a weaker energy and economic outlook. But other sources feel demand will rebound or that concerns about a decline in consumption are premature.
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Epoxy resins are versatile polymers used in the manufacture of adhesives, coatings (such as industrial and maintenance coatings in oil and gas pipelines), paints and structural parts needed by the automotive, aerospace and aircraft industries.
Epoxy resins are high-performance thermosetting resins that are most commonly produced by reaction of epichlorohydrin and bisphenol-A (BPA). They have excellent adhesion, chemical and heat resistance, and very good electrical insulating properties.
The main applications for epoxy resins are high-performance coatings, electrical/electronic laminates and adhesives, flooring and paving applications with uses in the automotive, construction and aerospace industries.
Coating applications include powder coatings, marine and protective coatings, can and coil coatings, ultra violet (UV) curable coatings and automotive coatings. The construction industry uses epoxy resins because of their excellent adhesion to steel and concrete. In the electronics sector, they can be used to encapsulate electronic components. A growth area is high-performance composites in the aerospace industry.