AFPM ’12: MMA demand from LCD TV sector up from Q4

03 April 2012 02:30  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Reduced purchasing for flat-screen TVs may be partly to blame for the demand destruction in methyl methacrylate (MMA) markets in Asia since fourth quarter, but markets will improve second half of 2012, an industry source said on Monday.

“There were huge inventories for liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs during fourth quarter 2011 and first quarter 2012 so very little production of the TVs and thus reduced consumption of MMA,” an MMA manufacturer said on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).

In 2011, global TV shipments fell by 0.3% to 247.7 m units, the first time for the shipments to slip since 2004, when North America research firm DisplaySearch began tracking global TV shipments.

“The low level of shipments were partially caused by excessive inventory levels early in 2011 for the US and European markets, as well as a sharp drop in demand in Japan following the end of the government sponsored Eco-Points program that caused a surge in replacement activity during 2009-2010,” said Paul Gagnon of DisplaySearch.

The MMA producer said that demand for the monomer has recently increased from the TV sector and that second half of the year was expected to more balanced.

Hosted by the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), the IPC continues through Tuesday.

Author: Heather Doyle

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