Methyl methacrylate Prices, markets & analysis
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Methyl methacrylate US Transcript
The weekly ICIS report on the US Gulf (USG) market for methyl methacrylate (MMA) includes monthly contract prices reported delivered by rail-car and reported delivered tank-truck.
Contract prices for rail-car and tank-truck are assessed based upon delivered prices to medium sized accounts purchasing around 5-30M lbs MMA per year.
To determine what the monthly ranges are, we contact buyers, sellers and traders to get their input on pricing, but also take into account a broad look at other factors influencing the market.
This means the report includes news on things like developments in the upstream markets and the big picture of what is going on in the end use sectors.
We also include feedstock prices for acetone and methanol regularly and sometimes add natural gas, ammonia and propylene information, because these costs can greatly influence pricing.
Supply and demand issues have become more important than ever before to a very tight US MMA market, so we track plant outages and international trade flows also.
MMA is an opaque market; the ICIS report exists to shed light on the market and has quickly become a benchmark in the US.
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Updated to Q3 2015
US methyl methacrylate (MMA) contract pricing was pressured by upstream declines and lengthening supply during the third quarter.
Primary feedstock acetone fell due to weakness in upstream propylene, and feedstocks methanol and ammonia also saw price losses.
In addition to feedstocks, MMA supply/demand fundamentals were a factor behind the downward pressure. The paint and coatings season was generally seen as having failed to meet expectations with sales below forecasted levels.
Adverse weather was cited as hampering construction activity in late spring and early summer, with the coatings season having failed to fully recover thereafter. Market participants also pointed to ongoing concerns about weak spots in the US economy.
The relatively weak demand and a lack of production issues led to long supply with the domestic MMA utilization rate said to be near 70%.
Some MMA producers disagreed describing supply as balanced but agreeing with sentiment that the coatings season was somewhat weak relative to past years.
With raw materials prices down throughout much of the petrochemical industry, some MMA buyers were said to be purchasing at minimum volumes in anticipation of lower costs in the months ahead potentially adding to the supply length.
The weekly ICIS report on the US Gulf (USG) market for methyl methacrylate (MMA) includes monthly contract prices assessed for delivered rail-car and delivered tank-truck.
To determine what the monthly ranges are, we contact buyers, sellers and traders to get their input on pricing, but also take into account broader factors that influence the market.
The report includes key developments in upstream markets and a bigger picture of developments in end-user sectors.
We also include feedstock prices for acetone and methanol and sometimes add natural gas, ammonia and propylene information, because these costs can greatly influence pricing.
Supply and demand issues have become more important than ever before in what is a tight US MMA market, so we also track plant outages and international trade flows.
Our report seeks to shed light on an opaque market and we have quickly become a benchmark in the US, helping our customers to reach well-informed decisions.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Methyl methacrylate. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
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