Over the last year, the industry has had more challenges than I have come across during my 30 years experience. In the past I have seen sharp price increases, and I have seen several shortages, and delivery issues as a consequence of plastic resin allocations from plastic resin vendors. This is the first instance I have seen all these issues at the same time.
PTFE Sheet (TFE) and Kynar are both on allocation.
This pair of resins are in short supply. The PTFE Sheet product PTFE (TFE) as well as Kynar-PVDF manufacturing requires a mineral called Fluorspar which is mined in Mongolia and China. The world demand for this mineral has increased significantly, additionally, the supply has tightened. PTFE materials have high temperature resistance, excellent chemical resistance and extremely low co-efficient of friction (slippery) and is utilized within a good deal of applications from non-stick fry cookware to ptfe tape for home use. This mineral is actually the essential raw material in the production of fluoropolymers, fluorolubricants and lots of refrigerants.This increasing amount of demand paired with shortage of raw materials is responsible for a dramatic price increase (almost double over the last year), shortages, and we expect both these factors to keep at it in the near future.
When you are searching for a plastic sheet vendor you will also wish to investigate the firm that you are taking care of to make certain 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 going to wish to ensure that you are most likely to have the ability to count on them to remain to give you with the high-grade item that you have actually involved anticipate, throughout the years.