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 Q4 2018
PC plant capacity expansions confined in northeast Asia are anticipated to boost production and free up spot supply availability in the upcoming fourth quarter of the year amid overall demand set to be stable at best. There were limited bullish market factors envisioned in the short term, curbing any potential spike in sentiment.
Asia PC consumer demand is set be generally stable for most grades in China and Taiwan in the fourth quarter. To some extent, this hinged on a recovery in the persistently weak Chinese Yuan currency against the US dollar that has in recent months dampened import appetite.
Increased capacity in Asia has yet to be matched by demand, which could result in oversupply for the global market. The US-China trade war has fostered bearish sentiment and the situation appears unlikely to change in Q4. Because of this availability, prices in Europe may drop further.
As activity slows in the construction sector, demand for extrusion-grade polycarbonate (PC) will reduce. The automotive industry may slow in reaction to stricter emissions testing, although this may not extend to impact on PC demand. Prices could fall even further on the back of slower demand, which is typical for Q4.
Supply of PC was expected to remain steady in the fourth quarter. Planned maintenance began at the beginning of the quarter at one major US producer, although no impact was expected to supply levels. Asian imports were expected to remain steady into the US market, keeping pressure on prices.
Demand for PC is expected to remain steady. US producers’ market share is expected to continue to be affected during the quarter by more attractive pricing from Asia. Imports at significantly lower prices should keep downward pressure on pricing for US-made material. Made-in-China tariffs will continue to impact the US.
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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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