Of the currently available non-specialized polymers on the market, polycarbonate has more or less similar physical and chemical properties, including transparency.
In Russia before 2008, the polycarbonate production used raw materials imported exclusively from Japan, China, Germany, and Israel. The startup of Kazanorgsintez plant with the annual production capacity of 65 tons has partially close the gap in the granulate production, giving a development impetus to the home market.
The story with polycarbonate is somewhat like the story with the rise of the gasoline price. The Kazan plant, as well as oil industry, care less to whom they sell their production. If the world price dynamics and forex trends prompt them that it is more profitable to export — so they export.
It is called maintaining the CIF parity. While the government is trying to call the oil producers for the sense of shame, polycarbonate granulate is not considered a strategic product. As a result, the profit margin of the high value-added products goes down, and the market is being taken up by more surrogate products containing large amounts of secondary additions. This can completely compromise the polycarbonate products.
The situation is very much the same with the polymethyl acrylate production in Russia. It was formerly produced by OAO Dzerzhinskoye Orgsteklo. In 2014, the company was adjudged
bankrupt. Now its territory is good perhaps only for shooting post-apocalypse movies or playing paintball.
As far as the technological production parameters are concerned, the new polymer surpasses polycarbonate, polyvinylchloride and other synthetic plastics. It requires less time to be synthesized, and the product output is higher.
All the raw materials required for the production are of the Russian origin, thus, the production cost of the final product is significantly less than that of the existing analogs.
The synthesis process is simpler and more environment-friendly. While the polycarbonate products require addition of antipyrenes, the new polymer is not flammable by itself.
Synthetic polymers usually have a low QUV resistance. So in order to achieve high operational characteristics, it is necessary to add UV-stabilizers. For the polymer invented by Tomsk scientists, it is not required.