Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
Introduction. Intratec provides Polycarbonate prices in several countries, as follows:
About Polycarbonate. Polycarbonate (a.k.a. PC) is a thermoplastic polymer/resin, derived from diphenyl carbonate, phosgene and bisphenol A. The polymer is easily molded and thermoformed, and for that, along with its properties, polycarbonates are among the most used plastics in industry. Polycarbonate has a high impact and dielectric strength, heat resistance, it is noncorrosive and extremely dimensionally stable. Depending on the grade, the resulting material is translucent, so PC has been used as a substitute to glass, although it is not its primary use, due to PC being more expensive than polymethyl methacrylate (acrylic). The main uses of PC are in the construction industry and as engineering materials. Because of their unusual properties (e.g. toughness, clarity), Polycarbonates figure among the top engineering thermoplastics.
Chemical Formula. (C16H16O3)n
Commercial Grades. General purpose grade; flame retardant; anti-static; film grade (food packing); stress crack resistance; bullet resistant
Uses. Combining an unusual set of properties like transparency, toughness, thermal stability and dimensional stability, Polycarbonate is one of the main engineering thermoplastics, used in a broad range of applications. It is presented next some sectors in which PC is consumed, and respective uses: electrical/electronics (optical information storage media: lamp sockets, multiple contact strips, relay parts, power plugs, safety switches, housings, digital disks); building and construction (roofings, fences, windows, paints); automobiles (headlight and taillight covers,bullet-proof glass, reflectors, fan and radiator grills); office equipment (covers, keyboards, casings); plastic products (bottles, cups, furniture); food packaging (cellophane) and other applications (eye lenses, industrial fibers, recycled polymer alloys).
- Bisphenol A + phosgene + sodium hydroxide (interfacial process/polymerization)
- Bisphenol A + diphenyl carbonate (melt process)
To know more about Polycarbonate production processes, click here.
Methodology. The chemicals pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Chemicals Pricing Data Methodology.
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