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Producers, traders and consumers agreed that the global MMA market was exceptionally tight, with buyers saying it has never been this difficult to obtain material.
While some of the downed plants are beginning to come back on line, buyers and sellers said the tightness will continue as no major MMA plants are scheduled for start-up in Asia until 2008 none at all are expected in the
Growth in the downstream polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) polymer was also fuelling fears of tight supply, a buyer said.
MMA prices were firm globally at the end of 2006, according to global chemical market intelligence service ICIS pricing.
US fourth-quarter contract prices settled up on average 5 cents from the third quarter.
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