The key raw materials required for the production of bisphenol A (BPA) include acetones and phenols that are primarily used to produce polycarbonates and epoxy resins. The key end-user industries for BPA include automobile, construction, can manufacturing, electrical and electronics etc. BPA is commercially available as polycarbonate plastics, epoxy resins, flame retardants, polyacrylate and polysulfone resins. Based on physical and chemical properties, BPA can be used in different applications such as protective lining, automobile components, adhesives, PCB laminates and dental sealants and composites.
The revenue generated by the global BPA market was valued at USD 13.1 billion in 2012 which is expected to grow to USD 18.8 billion by 2019, growing at a CAGR of 5.4% from 2013 to 2019. Polycarbonates and epoxy resins accounted for the largest share of the BPA market in terms of both volume and revenue. Polyetherimide, flame retardants, polyacrylate and polysulfone resins are among the other key product types used in the market.
With over 70% shares in total volume consumption, polycarbonates accounted for the largest chunk of bisphenol A consumed in 2012. Polycarbonates are extensively used in water bottles, baby bottles, sports equipment, electrical and electronic equipment, and food and drink containers among others. Moreover, increasing demand from medical and dental equipment and dental sealants and composites is expected to exhibit strong demand for polycarbonates in the coming years. Automobiles and food and drink application dominates the global BPA consumption and the positive growth in this industry across the globe is driving the global BPA market. Electronic and sports equipment application segment is one of the fastest growing end-user industry in the BPA market.
Epoxy resins containing BPA are used for making paints, adhesives, variety of protective coatings, and electrical laminates for printed circuit boards (PCBs). Cured epoxy resin is used to provide protective liners on the inside of cans that are used for packing foods and beverages to maintain the quality of the food. Because of a combination of desirable properties such as toughness, chemical resistance and adhesion, BPA is also used to provide protective coatings.
Asia Pacific dominated the global bisphenol A market, accounting for over 50% share of the total volume consumed in 2012. Asia Pacific represents the largest and the most important market for the BPA industry. BPA market was mainly driven by emerging economies such as China, India and Brazil. The BPA market witnessed significant decline in demand due to the global economic downturn during 2008 and 2009. However, it has witnessed steady rise in demand since 2010 due to an uptrend in the enduser industries following the revival of the global economy.
Volatile crude oil prices have remained a major concern for the manufacturers of BPA. Automotive components made out of polycarbonate plastics have replaced many components made of glass and metal in automobiles. This has helped in bringing down the weight of the automotives. But there are certain factors that are holding back the use of polycarbonate which are its high cost as compared to glass and poor scratch resistance. Because of these factors it has still not been able to replace windshields, sun/moon roofs, and windows in automobiles which are still manufactured using glass.
Some of the major players operating in global bisphenol A include Bayer MaterialScience, SABIC Innovative Plastics, and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc., Dow Chemicals, Nan Ya Plastics and Mitsui Chemicals.
Bisphenol A is an organic, colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvent. It is usually employed in the manufacture of polycarbonate and epoxy resins. The demand for Bisphenol A is mainly triggered by growing demand from electrical and electronic and automotive industries. However, volatile petroleum prices and high cost with poor scratch resistance of the polycarbonate are expected to hamper the market. Asia Pacific dominates the global market for Bisphenol A.
The Bisphenol A report by Transparency Market Research analyses, estimates and forecasts Bisphenol A demand on a global and regional level for the six year period from 2013 to 2019, in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million). The study also provides information on restraints, drivers and opportunities along with the impact on the overall market for the forecast period. The report segments the market based on application and region and offers estimates and forecast of the Bisphenol A market for each segment.
The study analyses the product value chain beginning with feed stock material up to end-use. This analysis provides insights into the gross value added at each stage of the value chain. In addition, industry analysis section of the report analyses market dynamics and trends such as market drivers, restraints and opportunities with their impact over the forecast period. Furthermore, it also evaluates the market based on Porter’s five forces model that analyses the degree of competition in the market by considering other factors such as the bargaining power of buyers and suppliers, threat from substitute products and new entrants. The report includes a detailed competitive landscape of the Bisphenol A market including company market share analysis and the profile of key market participants. Company market share has been evaluated based on production capacities and business segment revenue of the key players. Moreover, the study consists of a market attractiveness analysis, where the applications are benchmarked based on their market size, growth rate and general attractiveness. This analysis provides the most lucrative application segment during the forecast period in the market.
In this study the Bisphenol A market is segmented based on its application and geography. The demand of each application for Bisphenol A in terms of volume and revenue for each region is forecasted in this report for the period from 2013 to 2019.
The Bisphenol A market is segmented based on applications such as polycarbonate, epoxy resins and others (flame retardants, unsaturated polyester resins, and polyacrylate, polyetherimide and polysulfone resins); and based on geographies into Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World. The demand of each application of Bisphenol A in terms of volume (kilo tons) and revenue (USD million) for each of these regions is forecasted in this report for the period 2013 to 2019.
Some of the leading manufacturers profiled in this report include Bayer Material Science, SABIC Innovative Plastics, and Momentive Specialty Chemicals Inc., Kumho P&B Chemicals, Teijin Ltd., Dow Chemicals, Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, Mitsubishi Chemical Holding Corporation and Mitsui Chemicals among others. These companies are profiled in detail covering features such as company overview, financial overview, business strategies, SWOT analysis, and recent developments.
To manage the scope of the research certain assumptions were made. All the market estimates and forecast have been calculated on the basis of sales and consumption. Inflation is not a part of pricing in this report and price has been kept constant throughout the year for calculating market size. Given that different end-users use different types of products, pricing for each application varies according to region while estimating and forecasting market revenue on the global basis. The global average bulk prices of chemicals have been used for computation of value of market.
The market has been segmented as below:
Bisphenol A Market: Application Segment Analysis
- Epoxy resins
- Others (Flame retardants, unsaturated polyester resin, polyacrylate, polyetherimide, polysulfone resins, etc)
Bisphenol A Market: Regional Analysis
- North America
- Asia pacific
- Rest of the world