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 2019
Spot supply availability of most grades of polycarbonate (PC) in parts of northeast Asia is expected to increase, against a backdrop of growing plant capacity expansions moving into the first quarter of 2020. The upcoming Lunar New Year holidays in the early part of the first quarter could limit any potential bullish upside in sentiment amid ample supply to outpace demand.
Asia polycarbonate (PC) import demand is expected to taper off ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays, which takes place in late-January 2020. The market could see a pick-up in buying sentiment in the later half of the first quarter of 2020 although import demand is expected to lean towards an optimistically cautious stance, depending on a resolution of the US-China trade war.
European polycarbonate (PC) supply was long during the fourth quarter amid lower automotive demand and the slower year end. Limited export options, due to rising Asian capacity, also contributed to the length.
Europe PC activity was low during the fourth quarter, dragged down by the fragile European economy and the quiet year-end holiday period.
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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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