The ICIS Polyacetal (POM) report is published weekly in Asia. In Europe POM falls under the Engineering Plastics report and includes Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) prices.
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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 Q3 2016
Third-quarter European polyacetal (POM) contracts have largely settled at a stable level, amid unchanged market fundamentals. Although pricing has remained stable for some contracts, the impact of the UK vote to leave the EU is having an impact on margins for some UK businesses. With some UK-based distributors buying material in euros this has resulted, because of the current exchange rate of the euro against the pound sterling, in product being more expensive to buy from Europe. However, part of this loss can be recouped if UK sellers are selling to Europe, based on the exchange rate. Demand remains steady at a flat level, with the potential for it to deflate in the middle of the third quarter.
Third-quarter European polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) contracts are expected to remain unchanged, with no major price change expected from the market. Demand is expected to remain steady, although could take a seasonal dip in August when a number of players step away from the market for the holiday period. Automotive demand remains robust and continues to be the shining star of the industry.
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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.