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
The European polyacetal (POM) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) second-quarter outlook remains positive with producers and sellers maintaining steady growth. Tier 1 and Tier 2 buyers have noticed an uptick in demand from original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across most grades of POM and PBT.
Since September last year, data released from the European Automobile Association (ACEA) details a month-on-month rise in passenger vehicle sales, adding to the growing optimism shared within both POM and PBT markets respectively. However, the situation surrounding the construction industry paints a different outlook, with growth expected to remain flat amid a subdued housing market. The construction market is a large consumer of POM as it is used to make light switches along with other electrical fittings.
Second-quarter contract prices are expected to rollover for both POM and PBT due to stable feedstocks prices, global oversupply and steady demand for engineering plastics markets.
Updated to mid-April 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.