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About PTFE. PTFE (a.k.a. Polytetrafluoroethylene, Teflon) is a fluorinated thermoplastic. It has a linear molecular structure which brings a high degree of cristalinity. The polymer is characterized by its excellent thermal and chemical resistance, low coefficient of friction and hydrophobic surface. Polytetrafluoroethylene was discovered by accident in 1938, and it is now widely used as a non-stick coating, for example on pans and other utensils.

As a protective coating material, PTFE boast a broad chemical resistance to most chemicals, while being insoluble in all solvents. These characteristics result in low friction coefficients and antistick properties making PTFE a highly valuable compound, but also make it more difficult to process when compared to other thermoplastics.

PTFE Handling. PTFE is considered relatively nontoxic; it is also not flammable and not highly reactive. It should be stored in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place. Its storage and transportation should be away from strong oxidizing agents and away from sunlight, rain and high temperature. Complete packing is required when transporting and loading need to be stable. Container shall be protected from felling down or damage during transportation. Besides that, no other special measures must be taken in transportation or storage, besides common-sense for good housekeeping, as PTFE is not restricted.

PTFE Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of PTFE are listed below.

  • Tetrafluorethylene (emulsion polymerization)

PTFE Uses.The uses and applications of PTFE may vary according to its specification. The main forms of PTFE are: granular resins, fine powder resins, aqueous dispersions, and filled resins. Filled resins are the result of combining other materials with the three aforementioned forms of the polymer to form composites. Examples of common fillers are: fiberglass, graphite, powdered metals, and abestos.

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Data Legend. The chart above shows PTFE price assessments in USA Dollar per metric ton (USD/mt) in 4 locations, as follows:

  • PTFE, US (United States): PTFE, import transaction price, cif, United States
  • PTFE, EUR (Europe): PTFE, import transaction price, cif, Germany
  • PTFE, SEA (Southeast Asia): PTFE, export transaction price, fob, India
  • PTFE, CN (China): PTFE, export transaction price, fob, China

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PTFE Price Outlook. The price of PTFE (United States) decreased during April 2019 to 11,300 USD per metric ton, which represents a slight decline of 3% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of PTFE (United States) decreased significantly by 7%. Meanwhile, the average price of PTFE (China) amounted to 9,100 USD per metric ton, from 10,500 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of PTFE (China) is 2% higher than the price one month before.

The price of PTFE (Southeast Asia) rose slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 10,300 USD per metric ton.  The price is 1% higher than the average price in the previous month and 3% higher than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of PTFE (Europe) increased during April 2019, reaching 13,900 USD per metric ton, which means a rise of 5% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 1% from the previous year’s price. 

About PTFE. PTFE (a.k.a. Polytetrafluoroethylene, Teflon) is a fluorinated thermoplastic. It has a linear molecular structure which brings a high degree of cristalinity. The polymer is characterized by its excellent thermal and chemical resistance, low coefficient of friction and hydrophobic surface. Polytetrafluoroethylene was discovered by accident in 1938, and it is now widely used as a non-stick coating, for example on pans and other utensils.

As a protective coating material, PTFE boast a broad chemical resistance to most chemicals, while being insoluble in all solvents. These characteristics result in low friction coefficients and antistick properties making PTFE a highly valuable compound, but also make it more difficult to process when compared to other thermoplastics.

PTFE Handling. PTFE is considered relatively nontoxic; it is also not flammable and not highly reactive. It should be stored in a dry, cool and well-ventilated place. Its storage and transportation should be away from strong oxidizing agents and away from sunlight, rain and high temperature. Complete packing is required when transporting and loading need to be stable. Container shall be protected from felling down or damage during transportation. Besides that, no other special measures must be taken in transportation or storage, besides common-sense for good housekeeping, as PTFE is not restricted.

PTFE Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of PTFE are listed below.

  • Tetrafluorethylene (emulsion polymerization)

PTFE Uses.The uses and applications of PTFE may vary according to its specification. The main forms of PTFE are: granular resins, fine powder resins, aqueous dispersions, and filled resins. Filled resins are the result of combining other materials with the three aforementioned forms of the polymer to form composites. Examples of common fillers are: fiberglass, graphite, powdered metals, and abestos.

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