Global Plastics Summit: Polycarbonate capacity surge may soften pricing

The global polycarbonate market is growing 3.2% this year and total demand is expected to reach 3.7 million metric tons, according to David Gee, senior principal analyst at IHS, who spoke at the first annual Global Plastic Summit jointly sponsored by IHS and SPI, the Plastics Industry Trade Organization. Capacity will be growing above 5% over the next five years, creating opportunities for buyers to negotiate price reductions.

It was clear from Gee's presentation that polycarbonate--which was discovered and largely developed at labs in Pittsfield, MA and Leverkusen, Germany--is now very much driven by developments in China. "All roads for polycarbonate are going to lead to China," Gee said.

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