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 Q1 2016
The European polyacetal (POM) market remains focussed on the first-quarter contract negotiations, which started at the end of December. Raw material costs for upstream methanol continue to be a key talking point in the market, along with the supply and demand dynamics. The combination of these factors are weighing on prices and because of this stable-to-soft price settlements are currently being discussed. The majority of talks are ongoing, with the December holiday period halting discussions. An uptick in demand is expected in January, as is traditional for the season. This is linked to buyers looking to replenish stocks after the December destocking.
First-quarter contract negotiations in the European polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) market have resumed as market players have returned after the holiday period. An initial settlement was heard at a rollover for filled and flame retardant grades; however, this was a six-monthly contract as opposed to quarterly. The reason for the stable settlement was said to be the current market dynamics, according to the buyer. It said demand is currently at a good level with no issues with supply. The majority of talks are expected to go on into the middle of the month, with stable to soft targets heard so far. Demand is expected to pick up in January, with buyers looking to replenish stocks after the December destocking process.
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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.