How come there’s a Teflon and PVDF extended delivery
Throughout the last year, the industry has experienced more shortages than I’ve come across in my thirty years experience. In the past I have seen sharp price increases, and I have experienced several shortages, and delivery delays because of plastic resin allocations by plastic resin suppliers. This is definitely the first instance I have seen all these issues at one time.
Both of these resins are in short supply. The PTFE Sheet suppliers product PTFE (TFE) as well as Kynar-PVDF manufacturing requires a mineral called Fluorspar which is mined in Mongolia and China. The worldwide interest in this mineral has risen significantly, and also the supply has tightened. PTFE materials have high temperature resistance, excellent chemical resistance and very low co-efficient of friction (slick) and is utilised in a bunch of purposes from non-stick fry griddles to ptfe tape for use at home. This mineral is actually the critical raw material within the manufacturing of fluoropolymers, fluorolubricants and several refrigerants.This rise in demand linked with general shortage of raw materials is responsible for a dramatic price increase (almost double within the past year), shortages, and we expect both these factors to stay in affect in the near future.