Unplanned shutdown so far has little impact on Europe MMA market

24 May 2013 18:05  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--The European methyl methacrylate (MMA) industry has so far seen little impact from the unplanned shutdown at a European MMA producer that began last week, sources said on Friday.

It is not clear whether the turnaround is now complete, as this has not been confirmed by the supplier. The shutdown was expected to last until this week.

One buyer said: “There is plenty of material, although there are some hiccups in supply, it doesn’t seem to be affecting the market.”

“We don’t see any shortage,” a seller said.

Nearly all MMA is polymerised to make homopolymers and copolymers, with the largest application being the casting, moulding or extrusion of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or modified polymers. PMMA is a transparent thermoplastic, often used as a lighter, shatter-resistant alternative to glass.

By: Helena Strathearn
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