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Bisphenol A
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Bisphenol A
Bisphenol A
BPA
C15H16O2

About Bisphenol A. BPA (a.k.a. Bisphenol A, Diphenylolpropane) is a synthetic organic compound. It was first synthesized in 1891 by Dianin from the acid catalysed condensation of phenol and acetone and has been produced industrially to be used as a starting material in the synthesis of epoxy resins since about 1920. Its commercial development has increased continually following the growth of the plastics industry.

Bisphenol A is colorless, flammable, solid at room temperature, with a mild phenolic odor, soluble in organic solvents and poorly soluble in water (0.344 wt% at 83 °C). As a high production volume chemical, Bisphenol A is used in a wide range of plastic materials.

Bisphenol A Handling. Bisphenol A is commonly stored and sold as a white solid in flaked or prilled form. The storage for unlimited time in stainless steel containers is not recommended. Bisphenol A dust can create explosive mixtures with air, so the chemical must kept in containers tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. It must also be stored in an area without drain or sewer access, separated from acid anhydrides, acid chlorides, strong oxidants, strong bases and food and feedstuffs. It should be transported away from heat sources and strong oxidizers and its pneumatic conveying must be under nitrogen because of the danger of dust explosions.

Bisphenol A Production. Commercial production of Bisphenol A is based on condensation of phenol and acetone. Alternative routes starting from phenol and methylacetylene and phenol and cumene have also been reported but have not become commercially available. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Bisphenol A are listed below.

  • Phenol + acetone (carbonyl condensation, catalyzed by hydrochloric acid)

Bisphenol A Uses. The uses and applications of BPA may vary according to its specification. The main forms of BPA are epoxy grade (95% minimum purity) and polycarbonate grade (99.8% minimum purity).

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Data Legend. The chart above shows BPA price assessments in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt) in 5 locations, as follows:

  • BPA, US (United States): Bisphenol A, import transaction price, cif, United States (netforward from fob South Korea)
  • BPA, EUR (Europe): Bisphenol A, import transaction price, cfr, Germany (netforward from fob South Korea)
  • BPA, SEA (Southeast Asia): Bisphenol A, import transaction price, cif, Thailand
  • BPA, CN (China): Bisphenol A, domestic spot price, exw, China
  • BPA, NEA (Northeast Asia): Bisphenol A, export transaction price, fob, South Korea

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Bisphenol A Price Outlook. The price of BPA (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 1,470 USD per metric ton, which represents a considerable decline of 8% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of BPA (United States) decreased significantly by 16%. Meanwhile, the average price of BPA (China) amounted to 1,410 USD per metric ton, from 1,610 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of BPA (China) is 1% higher than the price one month before.

The price of BPA (Southeast Asia) rose throughout April 2019, reaching 1,390 USD per metric ton.  The price is 6% higher than the average price in the previous month and 14% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of BPA (Europe) increased during April 2019, reaching 1,300 USD per metric ton, which means a rise of 6% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 17% from the previous year’s price. 

About Bisphenol A. BPA (a.k.a. Bisphenol A, Diphenylolpropane) is a synthetic organic compound. It was first synthesized in 1891 by Dianin from the acid catalysed condensation of phenol and acetone and has been produced industrially to be used as a starting material in the synthesis of epoxy resins since about 1920. Its commercial development has increased continually following the growth of the plastics industry.

Bisphenol A is colorless, flammable, solid at room temperature, with a mild phenolic odor, soluble in organic solvents and poorly soluble in water (0.344 wt% at 83 °C). As a high production volume chemical, Bisphenol A is used in a wide range of plastic materials.

Bisphenol A Handling. Bisphenol A is commonly stored and sold as a white solid in flaked or prilled form. The storage for unlimited time in stainless steel containers is not recommended. Bisphenol A dust can create explosive mixtures with air, so the chemical must kept in containers tightly closed in a dry and well-ventilated place. It must also be stored in an area without drain or sewer access, separated from acid anhydrides, acid chlorides, strong oxidants, strong bases and food and feedstuffs. It should be transported away from heat sources and strong oxidizers and its pneumatic conveying must be under nitrogen because of the danger of dust explosions.

Bisphenol A Production. Commercial production of Bisphenol A is based on condensation of phenol and acetone. Alternative routes starting from phenol and methylacetylene and phenol and cumene have also been reported but have not become commercially available. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Bisphenol A are listed below.

  • Phenol + acetone (carbonyl condensation, catalyzed by hydrochloric acid)

Bisphenol A Uses. The uses and applications of BPA may vary according to its specification. The main forms of BPA are epoxy grade (95% minimum purity) and polycarbonate grade (99.8% minimum purity).

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