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Pricing Overview

Petrochemicals | Bisphenol A Pricing Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Bisphenol A Market
 
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
 
Asia
 
The Asian Bisphenol A (BPA) markets registered strong demand growth in Q3 FY20, with growing demand from the downstream Polycarbonate resins sector, driven by sharp uptick in the automotive and transportation sector which had been contributing to improved margins. Tight regional supply due to maintenance turnarounds in China further pushed the export prices of product during the quarter. It is being anticipated that Asian BPA supplies could stay tight for quite a while during Q4FY20 on production constraints, with consumers fearing that prices may not relax soon. Korea’s Kumho P&B Chemicals is slated to remain shut during the October month, further heightening the consumer worries.
 
Europe
 
European BPA producers reported muted third quarter as surging coronavirus cases knocked down the possibility of quick revival in the PC industry. Contrary to the Asian market, the European BPA industry remained well supplied with players continuously striving to improve margins by announcing small price increases in early September and Q4 negotiations. Resilient polycarbonate demand from the global medical equipment remained a positive highlight while sectors like automotive and transportation reported dull quarterly results.
 
North America

Bisphenol A demand in North America regained momentum after a strong uptick in demand was observed from the major end-markets automotive, construction and home-appliances sector following a weak second quarter due to the pandemic. With trading picking up speed prior to the new-year holidays and festive season, buyers and importers are busy in restocking inventories at this time. Lengthy supply however remained pressuring the US BPA producers who reported prices turning flat August onwards despite gradually improving demand. 

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Market Analysis
 
Company-wise installed capacity, production volume and plant operating efficiency is captured directly from manufacturers. Import and Export volume is captured from government sources and demand for Bisphenol A is calculated considering the production, import, export and inventory-levels on the country and regional level markets.
 
Pricing Analysis
 
Global Bisphenol A price is correlated with the price trend of crude oil, Benzene, Acetone, downstream derivatives such as Polycarbonate, epoxy resins etc. and the demand-supply fundamentals.
 
Company Profile
 
Basic details and information on financial performance of leading global players in the Bisphenol A market is presented in a visually captivating manner. Expansion plans and the company’s strategy is also captured to understand the vision and mission of the company to help understand the areas where companies need to focus more.
 
News & Deals

Daily updates on industry-specific and product-specific news, exclusive primary-based news capturing plant shutdowns/outages/closures, capacity expansions, operating rates, insights on demand-supply situation, awarding of technology licenses, new product launch and deals specifying mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and disinvestments, to help players capitalize on market opportunity.

Methodology

ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Bisphenol A manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international markets, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of the company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
 
Our dedicated team of industry experts comprehensively monitors and analyzes various aspects of the Global Bisphenol A market. The team analyzes various industrial segments, strategic viewpoints and provides an analysis of the industry’s performance in the long run. This would enable our clients in efficiently plan their future investments, mitigate risk, understand the cost dynamics and strike out a balance amidst market volatility.
 
Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
 
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence the Global Bisphenol A market.
 
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on monthly and yearly basis.

Finally, region-specific markets for Bisphenol A are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.

About

Bisphenol A (BPA) is s a white to tan flake or powder produced via acid-catalyzed condensation of Phenol and Acetone under mild temperature and pressure conditions. BPA production is usually done in the presence of an acid catalyst (usually hydrogen chloride) or a cation-exchange resin and a promoter such as methyl mercaptan. BPA is a widely used industrial chemical, commonly used as a raw material to manufacture epoxy and polycarbonate resins. Epoxy resins are used across several industries such as industrial floorings, adhesives, sealants, powder coatings, automotive primers, and many others while polycarbonate resins are light-weight, high-performance plastics used in several consumer products ranging from eyeglass lenses and electronics appliances to safety equipment and food packaging containers. About 60% of the global BPA produced is utilized for the production of polycarbonate resins while epoxy resin is the second largest BPA consumer, as of 2019. However, due to side-effects on human health, many jurisdictions across the globe have now regulated the use of BPA, and have set certain standards which are important for manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers to understand and comply with to reach their target markets.