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 Q4 2018
Supply is expected to be unchanged in the quarter 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 China is also expected to improve as downstream plants are looking to resume operations following unplanned maintenance in the third quarter due to environmental checks.
As Q4 is traditionally a slower period for epoxy resins, supply could remain consistent until the end of the year. There are no scheduled shutdowns as European producers hope to counter previously lower prices against higher production costs. Q4 import availability remains unclear, but if volumes remain at the same sort of levels, the market could continue to feel long.
Uncertainty clouds expectations for Q4. Although activity traditionally slows towards the end of the year, enquiries increased in the final weeks of 2017. Demand is tipped to be stable throughout October and November. The situation may change before Christmas, buyers hoping to evade a shortage may support increased productivity.
Supply should continue to remain adequate in the fourth quarter as the pace of imports coming into the US remains steady, giving buyers flexibility with their sourcing. But Asia will remain a wild card as higher feedstock costs and a pickup in seasonal demand could yield upward pressure there, making less imported material readily available.
US peak demand will wind down during the fourth quarter in line with seasonality. Market players expect prices to remain steady, with nothing on the horizon that could significantly move prices in either direction. Supply and demand are largely expected to remain balanced for the rest of the year barring any unusual developments.
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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.