Within the last year, the industry has had more allocations than I have come across inside my thirty years experience. In the past I have seen sharp price increases, and I have seen several shortages, and delivery delays as a result of material allocations coming from plastic resin suppliers. This is definitely the very first time I have seen all these issues at one time.
PTFE Sheet (TFE) and Kynar – PVDF are both on allocation.
Both of these resins are in short supply. The PTFE – Polytetrafluoroethylene product PTFE (TFE) and Kynar manufacturing requires a mineral called Fluorspar that is mined in Mongolia and China. The worldwide interest in this mineral has grown significantly, along with the supply has tightened. PTFE materials have high temperature resistance, excellent chemical resistance and very low co-efficient of friction (slick) and is utilised throughout dozens of applications from non-stick fry pots and pans to ptfe tape for personal use. This mineral is actually a crucial raw material within the production of fluoropolymers, fluorolubricants and several refrigerants.This surge in demand paired with general shortage of raw materials has caused a dramatic price increase (almost double throughout the last year), shortages, and we expect these two factors to continue in the near future.
When you are looking around for a plastic sheet provider you will also want to research the business that you are managing to make certain that they are most likely to be around for a long time. If you are going to be having a great deal of troubles with your plastic sheet supply you are most likely to intend to see to it that you are going to have the ability to rely on them to continue to supply you with the high-quality product that you have actually involved anticipate, for many years.