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Polycarbonate
(C16H16O3)n
general purpose grade; flame retardant; anti-static; film grade (food packing); stress crack resistance; and bullet resistant.
Polycarbonate is used mainly in 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).
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  • Bisphenol A + phosgene + sodium hydroxide (interfacial process/polymerization)
  • Bisphenol A + diphenyl carbonate (melt process)
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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.
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  • United States Flag United States: export price, FOB, encompassing all commercial grades (1)
  • Netherlands Flag Netherlands: export price, FOB, encompassing all commercial grades (1)
  • China Flag China: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (1)
  • Singapore Flag Singapore: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (1)
  • Saudi Arabia Flag Saudi Arabia: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (1)
  • Brazil Flag Brazil: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades (1)
  • South Africa Flag South Africa: import price, CIF, encompassing all commercial grades

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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.

Commercial Grades. general purpose grade; flame retardant; anti-static; film grade (food packing); stress crack resistance; and bullet resistant.

Uses. Polycarbonate is used mainly in 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).

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Raw Materials & Production Processes.

  • Bisphenol A + phosgene + sodium hydroxide (interfacial process/polymerization)
  • Bisphenol A + diphenyl carbonate (melt process)

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Chemical Formula. (C16H16O3)n

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