In the last year, the industry has experienced more challenges than I have come across inside my three decades experience. In the past I have seen sharp price increases, and I have observed several shortages, and delivery issues resulting from material allocations by resin manufacturers. This is the very first time I have seen all these issues at the same time.
PTFE (TFE) and Kynar are both on allocation.
These two resins are in short supply. The PTFE – Polytetrafluoroethylene product PTFE (TFE) and also PVDF manufacturing requires a mineral called Fluorspar that is mined in Mongolia and China. The worldwide need for this mineral has increased significantly, and the supply has tightened. PTFE materials have high heat resistance, excellent chemical resistance and extremely low co-efficient of friction (slippery) and is used within a bunch of applications from non-stick fry cookware to ptfe tape for use at home. This particular mineral is actually the essential raw materials within the production of fluoropolymers, fluorolubricants and lots of refrigerants.This increasing amount of demand coupled with shortage of raw materials is responsible for a dramatic price increase (almost double throughout the last year), shortages, and we expect both these factors to continue in the near future.
When you are shopping around for a plastic sheet distributor you will additionally want to investigate the business that you are taking care of to ensure that they are going to be around for a long time. If you are most likely to be having a lot 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 provide you with the high-quality product that you have concerned anticipate, throughout the years.