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Methyl methacrylate overview Transcript
Methyl methacrylate also known as MMA is a versatile chemical with applications in many industries from autoelectronics to the automotive sector. MMA can be used to produce polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA, and acrylate resins for coatings and emulsions. Asia currently dominates the world’s MMA production, this region also represents the fastest growing market for MMA.
Use in new electronic applications such as liquid crystal display televisions backlit by light emitting diodes (LED) has significantly expanded and is expected to be a major growth driver for the MMA market in the next couple of years.
Since global supplies are short several producers are expanding capacities and adding new plants. The Asian market largely trades on a spot basis but some bulk cargoes are sold on a spot-related contract formula. MMA prices are driven by supply and demand and feedstock prices like butane, methanol, acrylonitrile and acetone.
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Methyl methacrylate: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
US methyl methacrylate (MMA) supply is expected to remain generally balanced for the fourth quarter, although the typical seasonal downward drift in downstream coatings demand could lengthen supply ahead of year-end inventory-reduction efforts. However, pricing typically tracks acetone, which is being pressured upward by some refinery-grade propylene supply constraints stemming from upstream refinery and cracker outages.
European MMA supply will remain tight for at least most of the fourth quarter, following a spate of global plant turnarounds and ahead of Lucite International’s turnaround in October. Steady demand should continue into early November, after which a gradual seasonal tapering off is likely. Fourth-quarter contract prices will face upward pressure on the back of limited MMA availability.
In Asia, a slew of turnarounds in the region would limit the availability of cargoes, lending strength to prices. Continued increases in Chinese domestic prices because of possible antidumping duties would also drive prices upwards for other Asian countries. On the other hand, demand is expected to remain stable in October, before tapering off towards November and December because the two months are a typical lull period for the manufacturing, construction and coating sectors.
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About Methyl methacrylate
Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is a colourless, volatile, flammable liquid with an ester-like odour. It is slightly soluble in water but soluble in most organic solvents. It is readily polymerised by light, heat, ionising radiation and catalysts. Commercial products may contain hydroquinone methyl ether or similar polymerisation inhibitors.
Nearly all MMA is polymerised to make homopolymers and copolymers, the largest application being the casting, moulding or extrusion of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) or modified polymers.
A major application of MMA polymers and copolymers is in surface coatings and impregnation resins to give colour fastness and weather-resistance properties to latex paints, lacquer resins and stoving enamels. For example, exterior latex paint is based on emulsions containing MMA while other uses include industrial finishes, and metal and foil coatings.