Polycarbonate Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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

Polycarbonate Price Trend for the First Half of 2023


Polycarbonate price trends observed a wavering pattern in the first half of 2023. The spot prices averaged around 17400 RMB/MT in January and went to around 14766 RMB/MT in June’23 in the Chinese domestic market. Despite the bearish demands from the downstream sector, the feedstock Bisphenol A and Acetone prices remained stable. The positive feedstock prices supported the production costs, which helped maintain the market dynamics, yet the overall trend was declining. The feedstock prices provided the necessary support and did not let the market crash.


The European market witnessed a mixed price trend for Polycarbonate in H1 2023. Initially, the prices inclined but dropped going forward, given the dampened demands. As the inventory stocks overflowed and feedstock prices decreased, polycarbonate prices fell across Europe.

North America

The US domestic market witnessed a declining curve for polycarbonate prices. The over-saturated markets amid feverish demands could not sustain such high prices and subsided. Further, the hiked interest rates and failure of major banks negatively impacted consumer confidence in the market, causing baulking of potential buyers from the market.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, polycarbonate prices are expected to remain volatile in the upcoming quarter. The lowered market offtakes and overstocked inventors will continue to plague the price trends for Polycarbonate in the global markets.

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Polycarbonates, usually abbreviated as PC, belong to a group of thermoplastic polymers. They contain carbonate groups in their chemical structures. Polycarbonates are often utilised in engineering as they are strong and tough materials and some of its grades are optically transparent as well. They can also be easily moulded and thermoformed.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Polycarbonate
Industrial Uses Electronic Components, Construction Materials, Automotive, Aircraft and Security Components
Supplier Database Covestro AG, SABIC, Teijin Limited, Trinseo S.A., Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Mitsubishi Engineering-Plastics Corp.)   
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 Process

  • Production of Polycarbonate via Bisphenol A and Carbonyl Chloride via Condensation Polymerisation; and via Bisphenol A and Diphenyl Carbonate

While preparing Polycarbonate from bisphenol A and carbonyl chloride through the process of condensation polymerisation, a solution of bisphenol A in sodium hydroxide is produced, which is then combined with carbonyl chloride dissolved in an organic solvent. Further, the polymerisation reaction is carried out in the presence of a catalyst to obtain Polycarbonate as the final product.


The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).

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