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The Development Of Unsaturated Polyester Resin Industry Presents Three Major Characteristics

Jun 17, 2020

Unsaturated polyester resin is one of the three major types of thermosetting resins (epoxy resin, phenolic resin, unsaturated resin) in China, which has the fastest development, the most extensive application and the largest output.

According to experts, based on its own manufacturability, low cost, easy to form, and the advantages of composite reinforcement and design matching with inorganic materials such as glass fiber, it is widely used in various fields of industrial textiles. Nowadays, with the acceleration of domestic energy reform and the acceleration of low-carbon economy, industrial unsaturated polyester resin composite materials have been widely adopted in the fields of rail transit, high-speed railway, urban construction, green building, wind power development and other fields in emerging industries.

At present, the development of my country's unsaturated polyester resin industry mainly shows three characteristics:

1. The application of foreign enterprise products is concentrated in the mid-to-high-end market

According to experts, in 2013, the domestic industrial unsaturated polyester resin output was concentrated in Jiangsu, Guangdong, Fujian, Shandong, Zhejiang, Hebei and other places. Jiangsu continues to lead the country with an output of 1.02 million tons; followed by Guangdong with an output of over 300,000 tons; Fujian with an output of over 250,000 tons; Zhejiang’s enterprises are small in scale, with more environmental impacts suspended, and output decreased in recent years. The production of unsaturated polyester resin foreign-funded enterprises in China reached 190,000 tons, and their applications are concentrated in the mid- to high-end market. The largest domestic production company is still Yabang Paint Company, which achieved 240,000 tons throughout the year, followed by Tianhe, Futian, Hua Xun, Zeyuan, Fang Xin, etc., with a total output exceeding 650,000 tons.

From the analysis of the overall technical level of industrial unsaturated polyester resins, Jiangsu and Shanghai are still the country's largest R&D and manufacturing OEM bases. SMC/BMC resins, wind power resins, desulfurization resins, shipbuilding resins, and structural resins of foreign-funded enterprises in Jiangsu are still leading the country, and have driven the technological improvement of Jiangsu's entire industry. As the national OEM base, Jiangsu Province mainly produces low-cost p-benzene resin and air-drying DCPD resin. The two types of OEM resin can reach more than 100,000 tons. In recent years, the country has attached great importance to environmental protection. The growth of vinyl ester resin has accelerated. Jiangsu and Shanghai have reached more than 20 large and small enterprises. The preliminary national output statistics are 43,000 tons. It is worth noting that in order to reduce costs, a number of modified vinyl ester resins have appeared on the market, which have poor corrosion resistance, short service cycles and cracking phenomena that have damaged customers and the market.

2. "Diversified composite" replaces "binary composite"

According to experts, in recent years, the innovation of glass fiber manufacturing technology and the continuous development of new varieties of high-strength and high-modulus glass fibers have driven the development of new varieties of unsaturated polyester resins. The glass fiber composite material not only faces the structural "slimming" design and lightweight sandwich structure design, but also faces the functional additives and powder compound, thus promoting the glass fiber products from the traditional binary compound into the diversified Compounding, the resin dosage is reduced, the fiber dosage is increased, and the performance of the product is greatly improved. For example, the MW-class wind power blades, the Danish LM China company uses high-performance glass fiber and unsaturated polyester resin on the 73-meter blade; the luxury-class yachts above 25 meters are designed with an unsaturated polyester resin core, which is more reflected Lightweight, fast, low energy consumption, high impact advantages.

Domestic high-performance unsaturated polyester resins are in the state of high-speed development to meet the high-end market application requirements of high-performance fiberglass composite materials. Lightweight subway, high-speed railway, boat vehicles, wind turbine blades and other structural lightweight requirements have promoted the performance of unsaturated polyester resins to low viscosity, low exothermic peak, high strength, high fatigue resistance, high flame retardant performance, etc. Development; Lightweight structure also drives the development of low-density, injection-grade SMC/BMC resins. In addition, trenchless tank repair, double-wall underground oil storage tanks, ground gas storage stations, offshore engineering oil production drilling platform derricks, container plates, high-speed law enforcement boats, patrol boats, fishing boats, offshore wind power, seawater desalination, etc. will all select high Performance unsaturated polyester resin. For the purpose of environmental protection, the application of water-soluble unsaturated polyester resin is slowly heating up. In terms of curing technology, the light curing technology of thin-layer unsaturated polyester resin coating is also shifting to the light curing technology of thin-walled glass fiber composite materials.

3. Problems such as serious environmental pollution need to be resolved

China's unsaturated polyester resin industry is facing new opportunities in the next 10 years. This opportunity comes from two aspects: First, as the world's largest developing country, China has to catch up with developed countries such as Europe, the United States, and Japan. The fiber composite industry needs a low-level to high-level transfer process. Starting from the two aspects of energy and low carbon, the market needs a large amount of glass fiber materials and products; the second is the continuous innovation of glass fiber and high-performance synthetic fiber in the world and China, which affects the urgency of upgrading the unsaturated polyester resin technology in China; The development of high-performance glass fiber has caused developed countries to abandon the production of carbon fiber T300, and therefore promoted the high-performance unsaturated polyester resin varieties to enter emerging markets.

However, at present, there are only more than 160 industrial polyester resin manufacturing enterprises in China, with less than 20% of scale, less than 15% of enterprises with independent innovation ability, and 2/3 of them are private enterprises and private enterprises. Many small and medium-sized resin enterprises waste water and waste gas at random, polluting the environment; enterprises are seriously lacking in R&D talents and testing equipment, and the formulas are "plagiarism" and "stealing peach for plum" to reduce the performance of the resin to "meet" the "low cost" of the market The production process of these enterprises lacks refinement and safety management, accidents continue to occur, raw materials and product testing lack the necessary means and standards, and the quality of the resin is unstable.

The unsaturated polyester resin industry and the glass fiber industry are an inseparable whole. Nowadays, China's industrial composite material industry is facing a new period of transformation and upgrading. China's unsaturated polyester resin industry must accelerate its follow-up. Qualified enterprises should follow the example of foreign-funded enterprises and domestic advanced enterprises to establish and improve technology development systems. And technology testing system, facing the market economy, help downstream enterprises to make good use of materials, make good products, formulate standards, and participate in competition.