World Analysis – Polycarbonate

  • Market Overview
  • Key Benefits
  • Service Features
  • Annual Table of Contents

Market Overview

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

Polycarbonate (PC) is a high-performance thermoplastic that is most often found in applications that require high-impact resistance and superior aesthetic qualities, such as transparency or precisely controlled coloring. PC is capable of withstanding higher-temperature operating conditions than most transparent or aesthetic thermoplastics. These characteristics make PC the first choice for aesthetically pleasing, tough, and durable applications, including automotive headlamp lenses, abuse-resistant signage, damage-resistant window glazing and atrium roofing, transparent shields on industrial equipment, enclosures for consumer electronics (especially when blended with acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene [ABS]), tough films decorated with stylish graphics for membrane switches, snowboards and other sporting goods, and countless other applications. Electronics/electrical is the largest demand segment for PC worldwide, followed by the sheet and film segment.

PC resins are generally produced from bisphenol A (BPA) and phosgene, although some nonphosgene routes are also used. The two distinct methods to produce polycarbonate are the solvent multiphase reaction (interfacial) process and melt phase via DPC intermediate process. The solvent multiphase reaction (interfacial) process is the traditional method of production and utilizes an amine catalyzed reaction known as the “interfacial” route; this method uses phosgene. The melt phase via DPC intermediate process reacts diphenyl carbonate (DPC) with BPA. DPC can either be made with phosgene or via phosgene-free processes. The nonphosgene methods are claimed to be environmentally friendly and economical; therefore, the share of nonphosgene routes is increasing during the forecast period.

Key Benefits

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

The World Analysis – Polycarbonate provides a comprehensive analysis and key insights of critical market developments as they shape the future outlook for the global Polycarbonate market.

The following reports, data files, analytical tools and visualization modules are available online and can be downloaded from our website:

  • Direct Access to the Subject Matter Experts
  • In-depth exploration of present market strategic insights, recognition of key challenges, and presentation of our experts’ forecasts and analysis
  • Explanatory Notes detailing data sources, methodologies, unit and conversion factors, and World Analysis deliverables.
  • Energy and Economy assumptions
  • Price, cost and margin base assumptions forecast and sensitivities analysis, including price assessment methodology, including price definitions across all regions.
  • Excel data files with standard supply/demand graphics and price forecasts extended to 2050, trade grids with country and regional trade flows Data appendix (Excel) with supply/demand, capacity and trade tables.
  • An online dashboard visualization of capacity, supply/demand, trade grids, and price, cost and margin forecasts
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser
  • Data Appendix (Excel) with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Capacity by company/shareholder, capacity integration, top producer/consumer and surplus/deficit capacity ranking, and ownership/subsidiary information

This World Analysis contains detailed information on capacities, production, demand, and trade for all significant producing and consuming countries and regions. Although data gathering is essential for understanding history and potential future trends, we believe that the interpretation and analysis of the data is the most valuable information to our clients.

In addition to the main product, capacity is provided for the following products:

  • Bisphenol A

Service Features

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: By country/region; include “hypothetical” capacity changes in the forecast period
Chemical Coverage: Polycarbonate (PC) Resins


Frequency: Updated daily
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050

  • Nameplate capacity on individual plant location by producer and by the shareholder for main study products + essential derivatives
  • Integration table and top producer and consumer ranking tables (includes net surplus/deficit)
Chemical Coverage:Polycarbonate Resins, Bisphenol A


Frequency: Quarterly
Format: Excel
Timeframe: up to 2050
Area Coverage: For the key regions - North America (US), Europe & Asia
Chemical Coverage:Polycarbonate Resins


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 1 year of history, up to 10 years of forecast
Area Coverage: Between partner countries and by region
Chemical Coverage: Nylon 6 and Nylon 6,6 Chip/Resin


Frequency: Annual
Format: PDF/HTML
Timeframe: 5-year history, forecast to 2050
Coverage: Regional market summaries

  • Production economics/snapshots for selected regions/processes
  • Production process/technology overview
Chemical Coverage: Polycarbonate Resins, Bisphenol A


  • Access to our global team of subject matter experts
  • Interactive data visualization module (dashboard)
  • Standard supply/demand graphs
  • Data appendix with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser

Annual Table of Contents

  • Introduction 4
  • Executive overview - nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 5
  • Strategic Insights 10
  • Adiponitrile technology breakthrough 10
  • Automotive transition from ICE to EV 10
  • Capacity in mainland China 11
  • Nylon resin material competitiveness 11
  • Recycling 12
  • Effects of Chinese anti-dumping duties 12
  • Production Process Overview 14
  • Introduction 14
  • Nylon 6 14
  • Introduction 14
  • Water - Catalyzed Melt Polymerization 15
  • Introduction 15
  • Polymerization Mechanism 15
  • Final Chip Production Steps 15
  • Nylon 6,6 16
  • Nylon Compounding 17
  • Production Process Economics 18
  • Explanatory Notes 18
  • Production Process Economics 19
  • Price Forecast 25
  • Methodology 25
  • Nylon 6 25
  • Introduction 25
  • North America 26
  • Europe 26
  • Northeast Asia 27
  • Nylon 6,6 27
  • North America 27
  • Europe 27
  • Northeast Asia 28
  • Price Forecast Tables 30
  • Supply/Demand Forecast Methodology 32

Market Coverage




Film & Sheet

Brendan Dooley

Brendan Dooley Executive Director, Global Engineering Plastics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Brendan Dooley is the Executive Director of the Engineering Plastics service at Chemical Market Analytics. Brendan serves as the Global Executive Director of Engineering Plastics and leads the publication of the monthly Global Engineering Resins Report and the annual World Analysis reports covering polycarbonate, ABS, nylon 6, nylon 66, PBT and POM. He speaks about the costs, prices, capacities, and trade of engineering polymers and contributes to single- and multi-client consulting projects on engineering polymers. Brendan is a chemical engineer and MBA with 30 years of experience in the engineering plastics industry as a North American Sales Director, Managing Director in the United Kingdom, Business Manager in Mexico, Global Automotive Account Director, North American and Europe Product Manager and many other commercial and business management roles across North America and Europe with leading global engineering plastics producers before joining the company in 2015.
Stefano Caporusso

Stefano Caporusso Director EMEA, Engineering Plastics

Stefano Caporusso is the Director for EMEA Engineering Plastics at Chemical Market Analytics. Stefano Caporusso is Director of EMEA Engineering Plastics for Chemical Market Analytics, based in Zurich. Stefano is responsible for providing market analysis and expert insight into costs, prices, capacities, technology, trade, supply/demand and long-term trends to our clients, including authoring of reports. His direct focus covers ABS, polycarbonate (PC) and nylons (PA6, PA66), polybutylene terephtalate (PBT), and polyacetal (POM). Stefano is a Chemical Engineer from the Polytechnic of Milan with 30 years of experience in the chemical and plastics industry. His international experience spans from technical to commercial positions in plastics and synthetic rubber businesses, and he has functional expertise as a global market intelligence leader in prominent global organizations in the chemical and plastic industries. Since January 2022, he has been part of OPIS Chemical Market Analytics, Engineering Plastics division.

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