Polyacetal Prices, markets & analysis
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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
Asia’s spot polyoxymethylene (POM) prices are likely to remain range-bound in the near term amid subdued demand, market sources said. Buying interest has been persistently low, with northeast Asian producers saying they are facing competition in the key China market from lower-priced domestically produced material. Meanwhile, sellers said they are unwilling to reduce their prices because of high production costs. Asia is saddled with high POM inventory, which has prompted some regional producers to cut their plant operating rates in consideration of their squeezed margins.
According to market participants, the likelihood of an upside for POM prices in the near term is limited given that the market remains oversupplied amid lingering concerns about the global economy.
European POM buyers are pushing for rollovers because they expect an oversupply of material. Buyers also expect flat-to-softer demand in the first quarter of 2014 to offset the upward pressure from firmer raw material methanol prices. However, producers remain confident that demand will increase in Q1.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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.