FAQs: Potential PTFE Shortage

Is there a PTFE shortage?

Concerns about a polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) shortage have been in the news recently. While some suppliers may be experiencing a supply issue with PTFE, Zeus is prepared to service our customers.

How long will the supply of PTFE be constrained?

There is no way to predict how long the PTFE supply will be constrained. At this time, however, there is no supply constraint affecting Zeus. We are in close contact with our suppliers and are carefully monitoring the situation.

Will the price of PTFE increase due to the shortage?

It is not yet known if there will be any short-term or long-term impact to PTFE pricing. Based on available information and the nature of this situation, PTFE price predictions are impossible to make at this time.

How will the shortage impact the price of PTFE extruded tubing?

Zeus cannot speak to our competitors’ reactions, but in the recent past, we have successfully dealt with considerable volatility in our supply chain. Situations encompassed catastrophic natural disasters, availability of natural resources, downturns in economies, and general laws of supply and demand. In each instance, Zeus acted with extreme sensitivity to our customers’ business continuity and budgetary concerns.

Should I order backup inventory to ensure I do not experience a disruption?

There is no need for Zeus’ customers to order excess inventory. That being said, providing us with as much demand visibility as possible is helpful. Extended forecasts and blanket orders allow us to plan from a raw material and production capacity perspective.

When do you predict that the PTFE market will stabilize?

As with pricing, it is impossible to predict exactly when the PTFE market will stabilize.

What is the status of the antidumping litigation filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC)?

According to commerce.gov, “Final determinations by the Commerce Department in these cases are scheduled for March 7, 2018, for the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation, and May 21, 2018, for the antidumping duty (AD) investigations, but those dates may be extended. If the Commerce Department finds that products are not being dumped or unfairly subsidized, or the ITC finds in its final determinations there is no harm to the U.S. industry, then the investigations will be terminated and no duties will be applied.”

Publically available reports detailing new developments are surfacing regularly and are your best source for the most up-to-date information about the litigation.

What can I expect from Zeus?

As a trusted supplier for over 50 years, Zeus has safeguards in place to reduce the impact of situations such as this. We always act in our customers’ best interest and utilize all of our resources to manage through situations as they arise. There is no need to order excess inventory. However, extended forecasts and blanket orders help us plan from a raw material and production capacity perspective.

Please contact us if we can be of further help to you. We will update* our website if any new, relevant information surfaces. Thank you for your continued trust in Zeus.

*Last update: February 6, 2018