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Polycarbonate (PC) Market Prices, Forecasts, and Analysis

Market Update

February 2023

In February, the downward trend in polycarbonate prices continued following the highs seen in April 2022 after the war started. Prices are under pressure from several fronts, with buyers leveraging lower gas prices to negotiate better deals.

Additionally, lower demand, particularly in the construction and electrical and electronics sectors, is contributing to the decline. While some markets, such as automotive, have shown modest improvement, it is not enough to offset the overall weakness.

Prices continue to fall due to ongoing low demand and oversupply.

Prices for PC/ABS fell by €20/mt, while general purpose polycarbonate dropped by €150/mt. Optical media prices remained stable, and extrusion polycarbonate decreased by €80/mt.

Suppliers are likely reducing prices to attract more business in the face of persistent oversupply, while Asian imports are offering competitive pricing, continuing to undercut local offers.

Overall, these factors suggest that the polycarbonate market is still facing significant challenges, and the extent of its recovery is uncertain.

The market update is an exerpt fromt the monthly report.

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  • PC/ABS Blend
  • General Purpose
  • Optical Media
  • Extrusion