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Polyacetal overview Transcript
Polyacetal or POM and polybutylene terephthalate also known as PBT are covered under the engineering plastics umbrella.
POM is a crystalline plastic often used for technical applications due to its strength, ductility and good machineability. Its properties make it suitable for click connections, for example, with bicycle light holders. The material is known for its stiffness, strength and hardness up to 120 degrees Celsius, and is as elastic as many metals. It is wear-resistant and has a very low friction coefficient.
PBT is a semi-crystalline white or off-white polyester similar in composition and properties to polyethylene terephthalate, though it has slightly lower strength and stiffness. PBT is softer, but it has higher impact strength and very similar chemical resistance. It is usually preferred for industrial-scale moulding because it has quicker crystallisation. It is widely used in electronic, electrical communication fibre optic and automotive industry.
The cost of feedstock methanol influences the POM price. The PBT price is highly influenced by the raw material costs of dimethyl terephthalate and butane diol.
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Polyacetal: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
Second-quarter European polyacetal (POM) contract negotiations are expected to conclude in a rollover, with some producers aiming for slight increases. Demand is stable, with balanced-to-long supply. There is still price pressure from Asia, mainly South Korea and Japan, despite a weaker euro versus the dollar.
The polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) market is long, despite producers noting some increases in demand, most notably from the automotive sector. General demand is expected to remain steady going into the second quarter; with the increase in demand expected to have little impact on the Q2 contract price, in light of the oversupply in the market. There is pressure to decrease prices on non-specialised PBT, with the market expecting a decrease in the upstream butanediol (BDO) Q2 price, which sources said should be passed on the PBT market.
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Polyacetal or POM is a crystalline plastic often used for technical applications due to its strength, ductility (ability to be drawn into threads without breaking) and good machinability. Its properties make it suitable for click connections (e.g. bicycle lamp holders). The material is known for its stiffness, strength and hardness up to 120ºC, and is as elastic as many metals. It is wear resistant and has a very low friction coefficient. The colour is opaque white, and carbon black can be added to protect the product from UV-light.