PF (Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins) Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of PF (Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins) in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

For the First Half of 2022


The prices of PF (Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins) surged throughout the Asian market during the first half of the said year. The inflated crude oil prices, supply-side constraints, trade bottlenecks and port congestions caused the prices of petrochemicals to swell. The price of feedstock phenol and formaldehyde rose drastically. The phenol prices averaged 1280.95 USD/MT in India and 1430.93 in China.

The prices of phenol-formaldehyde resin averaged 14100 RMB/MT in the Chinese domestic market. However, the high-cost inflation and dwindling market sentiments caused the prices of feedstock to decline, thereby tipping the price trends of PF on the lower end of the scale. The prices of phenol-formaldehyde resin averaged 13200 RMB/MT during the end of June 2022.


The European region suffered the immediate and direct consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The absence of precious black sea cargo triggered double-digit inflation across Europe. The price of feedstock phenol and formaldehyde rose amid the robust demand from downstream industries.

The prices of phenol averaged 1695 USD/MT during the first quarter while that of PF resin averaged 3680 USD/MT FOB Hamburg. However, the price trends for PF stabilized during the second quarter as the upstream costs of production relaxed.

North America

The price trends for PF were in line with the global outlook. The prices surged during the first quarter owing to supply chain disruptions and labour shortages. The price of feedstock phenol averaged 1590 USD/MT and that of PF resin averaged 4320 USD/MT in the US domestic market. The prices stabilized during the second quarter as the market demand saturated.

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PF (Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins), or phenolic resins, are synthetic high polymers made via the reaction between phenol and formaldehyde. It is easily moulded and can retain its properties even in freezing temperatures. It appears to be transparent and colourless.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name PF (Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins)
Industrial Uses Used in the transit and architectural industries to make products like abrasive grinding wheels, refractory products, friction linings, kitchenware, household appliances and automotive commutators and electrical and electronic components.
Chemical Formula C8H6O2
CAS Number 9003-35-4
Synonyms Phenolic resin, PHENOL FORMALDEHYDE RESIN, Phenol formaldehyde foam, VIAM-B
HS Code 39094020
Molecular Weight 134.13 g/mol
Supplier Database Braskem S.A., Nova Chemicals Corporation, Chemson Group, Solvay S.A., China Array Plastics Llc, China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (SINOPEC), Dalian Shide Group, CIECH S.A., BASF SE, Hitachi Chemical Co. Ltd., and Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery

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Production Processes

PF resin marks its initiation by mixing phenol, formaldehyde, and caustic soda flakes in a closed container. Further, the mixture undergoes stirring and heating up to 60 °C, and the heating is ceased then. This is followed by performing reflux for 30 minutes in order to prevent evaporation of the constituents. Next, vacuum distillation takes place to explicate water per the batch size. On cooling for a while to 40 °C, methanol is added to dilute the solution, yielding PF resin.


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