The ICIS Polycarbonate report is published weekly in Asia, Europe and the US and monthly in CIS. These reliable and trustworthy reports can help industry players to keep abreast of the latest news and make informed business decisions.
The price assessments largely focus on general purpose (GP) moulding and GP extrusion grades and cover spot or contract, depending on the region. Market intelligence comprises of regional overviews, upstream news, graphs and production updates.
Updated to Q3 2019
Polycarbonate (PC) markets in northeast Asia outlets were undermined by ample supply availability, amid expanded plant capacities. Gains in upstream raw material bisphenol A prices in China towards the end of the third quarter served to lift market sentiment, particularly the general-purpose (GP) moulding grades, on higher offers for October shipments. Chinese domestic markets gathered momentum just before China’s National Day holiday week from 1 October.
Import demand for most grades of polycarbonate (PC) in northeast Asia outlets was downbeat during the early part of the third quarter, weighing on spot prices. Firmer upstream bisphenol A costs led to a narrowing of the spread between both products. Demand picked up towards the end of the quarter, prior to China’s National Day holidays in October, while producers initiated price hikes for the GP moulding grade to mitigate squeezed margins.
Supply in the European PC market during the third quarter has been long. Persistently weak demand, high stocks and competitively priced imports from other regions all added to the supply length. There was talk of a planned turnaround during August, but it was thought to have had little impact on availability amid the bearish fundamentals.
Demand was persistently weak year on year. A fall in sales in the downstream automotive market in the EU, China and India led to vehicle production falling in key markets and less PC being consumed. This trend began earlier in the year and has failed to recover during the third quarter. Competitively priced imports from Asia and elsewhere also ate into European sellers’ market share.
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Polycarbonate (PC) is a type of high specification engineering plastic, suitable for moulding and with a high impact resistance.
Polycarbonate resins are tough thermoplastics with major markets in the electrical/electronic sectors such as computer and business equipment, optical discs, glazing and sheet products and in the automotive construction industries.
Other uses include safety helmets and shields, housing components, household appliances, water cooler bottles, lighting fixtures, sporting goods, and aircraft and missile components.
Polycarbonates are long-chain linear polyesters of carbonic acid and dihydric phenols, such as bisphenol-A (BPA). It is hydroscopic, has only fair chemical resistance and is attacked by many organic solvents.
Polycarbonate is naturally transparent, with the ability to transmit light nearly that of glass. It has high strength, heat resistance, and excellent dimensional and colour stability.
Different grades of the polymer are available and the grades vary by strength, clarity, moulding temperatures, service temperatures and other parameters.
Polycarbonate is also used in compounds or blended with other resins such as acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene (ABS) or polybutylene terephthalate (PBT).
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