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Bisphenol A price index

This post is a summary of the Bisphenol A price developments. The price developments of Bisphenol A are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Bisphenol A price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for Bisphenol A, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Bisphenol A prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of Bisphenol A
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of Bisphenol A prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Bisphenol A market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Bisphenol A price index

 

What is Bisphenol A

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic chemical compound that is used to make a variety of products, including plastics and resins. It is a high-production-volume chemical, which means that it is produced in large quantities and is used in a wide range of applications. BPA is a monomer, which means that it is a small molecule that can be polymerized, or linked together, to form larger molecules. When BPA is polymerized, it is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.

Polycarbonate plastics are used to make a variety of products, including food and drink containers, such as water bottles and baby bottles, as well as electronics, automotive parts, and medical devices. Epoxy resins are used to make coatings, adhesives, and other products.

There has been some concern about the potential health effects of BPA. Some studies have suggested that BPA can leach out of products made with it and that exposure to BPA may be linked to a variety of health problems, including cancer, fertility problems, and developmental issues. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that BPA is safe at the current levels of exposure and that it is not a significant health risk. The European Union has also determined that BPA is safe for use in food contact materials.

 

What is Bisphenol A used for

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic chemical compound that is used to make a variety of products, including plastics and resins. It is a monomer, which means that it is a small molecule that can be polymerized, or linked together, to form larger molecules. When BPA is polymerized, it is used to make polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.

Polycarbonate plastics are used to make a variety of products, including food and drink containers, such as water bottles and baby bottles, as well as electronics, automotive parts, and medical devices. Epoxy resins are used to make coatings, adhesives, and other products.

Some examples of products that may contain BPA include:

  • Water bottles
  • Baby bottles
  • Sports water bottles
  • Food storage containers
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Compact discs
  • Eyeglass lenses
  • Dental sealants
  • Medical devices

 

How is Bisphenol A produced

Bisphenol A (BPA) is produced by the reaction of phenol with acetone in the presence of an acid catalyst. The reaction takes place in a continuous process, and the resulting product is purified and dried to produce a white, crystalline solid.

The production of BPA begins with the preparation of phenol, which is typically produced from the catalytic reduction of cumene. Cumene is produced by the reaction of benzene with propylene, and it is also used as a starting material for the production of other chemicals, such as acetone.

Once the phenol has been prepared, it is mixed with acetone and an acid catalyst, such as sulfuric acid or hydrochloric acid. The mixture is heated and stirred to promote the reaction, which produces BPA and water as byproducts. The BPA is then purified and dried to produce a white, crystalline solid.

The production of BPA is a large-scale industrial process that is typically carried out in specialized chemical plants. It is important to follow proper safety guidelines and to use caution when handling BPA and the chemicals used to produce it.

 

How big is the Bisphenol A market

It is difficult to estimate the size of the global market for Bisphenol A (BPA), as it is a component of many products and is used in a wide variety of industries. However, BPA is an important chemical that is in high demand, and it is typically produced in large quantities. According to some estimates, the global market for BPA was valued at around $13.5 billion in 2019 and is expected to reach $18.5 billion by 2025, at a compound annual growth rate of 5.1%. The Asia-Pacific region is the largest market for BPA, accounting for more than half of global demand.

The demand for BPA is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, driven by increasing demand for plastics and other chemicals. BPA is used to make a wide range of products, including food and drink containers, automotive parts, and medical devices, and it is an important starting material for the production of a number of chemicals and products.

According to: https://oec.world/en/profile/hs/bisphenol-a-diphenylolpropane-salts

Bisphenol A, diphenylolpropane, salts are the world’s 1520th most traded product.

In 2020, the top exporters of Bisphenol A, diphenylolpropane, salts were South Korea ($381M), Chinese Taipei ($330M), Japan ($215M), Singapore ($179M), and Thailand ($163M).

In 2020, the top importers of Bisphenol A, diphenylolpropane, salts were China ($756M), South Korea ($163M), Thailand ($123M), India ($73.4M), and Japan ($46M).

 

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