In the last year, the business has had more allocations than I have come across in my thirty years experience. In the past I have seen sharp price increases, and I have witnessed several shortages, and delivery problems resulting from material allocations coming from plastic resin vendors. This is the very first occasion I have seen all these issues at the same time.
PTFE (TFE) and Kynar – PVDF both are on allocation.
This pair of resins are in short supply. The PTFE – Polytetrafluoroethylene product PTFE (TFE) as well as Kynar-PVDF manufacturing requires a mineral called Fluorspar which is mined in Mongolia and China. The world interest in this mineral has increased significantly, and the supply has tightened. PTFE materials have high temperature resistance, excellent chemical resistance and incredibly low co-efficient of friction (slick) and is used within a great deal of purposes from non-stick fry pots and pans to ptfe tape for use at home. This particular mineral is actually the critical raw materials in the production of fluoropolymers, fluorolubricants and several refrigerants.This increasing amount of demand combined with shortage of raw materials has caused a dramatic price increase (almost double during the last year), shortages, and we expect these two factors to stay in affect in the near future.
When you are shopping around for a plastic sheet vendor you will certainly likewise wish to research the firm that you are managing to see to it that they are going to be around for a long time. If you are going to be having a lot of issues with your plastic sheet supply you are most likely to wish to make certain that you are most likely to be able to rely on them to continue to supply you with the premium item that you have pertained to expect, for many years.