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First quarter resin statistics for the year 2003 indicate very little improvement in unsaturated polyester resin sales from the same period in 2002., according to the US Composites Fabricators Association. The sales thus far are up 1.8 per cent to over 424 million pounds.
Sales of most resin types did not show much change from the previous year’s quarter with a couple of exceptions. General purpose thixotropic resins showed an 8.2 percent increase and panel resins saw a 17.5 per cent decrease in sales.
There are two sets of data in this report, resin sales by resin type and resin sales by application. The two breakdowns give better insight into how the different market segments are performing. The resin type sales report shows a large gain for the thixotropic general purpose resins. One of the major applications for these resins is in the construction segment and more specifically in tub/shower manufacturing. The application report shows that sales into bathroom component and fixture manufacturing are up 9.9 per cent. The 17.5 percent decline in the panel resin sales is seen also in the applications report with a 21.7 percent decline in construction panel resin sales. Products included in this segment include reinforced panel for skylight, greenhouse and other applications, including transportation. The definitions for the various segments may be found on the CFA web site.
These resin sales reports are made available through a program funded by the resin supplier members of the CFA: AOC, Ashland, CCP, Dow, Eastman, Interplastic and Reichhold.
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