Polyacetal Prices, markets & analysis
The Asian POM market is volatile and continues to grow quickly. ICIS can give you weekly updates on price movements, plus information on supply and demand that is driven by China and other key POM players in Asia, making sure you have the data you need to make confident commercial decisions.
As well as pricing information, ICIS’ weekly coverage of POM in Asia provides analysis of the different price drivers, feedstock movements and production news to help you plan and formulate strategies and stay ahead of your competition.
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- Follow fluctuations and understand factors driving them
- Input into your own internal analytical models
- Clarify settlements and contracts
- Inform negotiations
Engineering Plastics 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 due to q 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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Asia’s spot polyacetal (POM) prices largely increased in the quarter ended mid-November, because of a push from higher raw material costs.
There had been little pick-up in POM demand, with traded volumes at a low level, market sources said. China’s buying interest for imports was persistently weak in the three months ending mid-November, because there was ample availability of lower-priced domestic material. As a result, northeast Asian producers were facing intense price competition from the key market of China.
However, as several downstream blow moulders had already customised their manufacturing technology to overseas-origin material, it was difficult for them to switch to using cheaper Chinese product. Consequently, overseas suppliers had been successful in hiking their prices, traders said.
Looking forward, market players expect POM to continue trading at the ICIS assessed price range for November amid a lack of an improvement in demand. The main applications for POM are in the automotive and electrical sectors, which have been experiencing weakening demand compared with the previous years, as consumer confidence and spending continue falling in the slowing Asian economies.
According to traders, several Chinese POM plants that are currently under construction are expected to come on line in the following 2-3 years, which will likely lead to overcapacity in the long term.
Updated to mid-November 2013
ICIS produces weekly reports covering the Asian POM market that enable industry players to monitor price movements and trading activities for key markets in Asia, including China and other NE Asian countries, which can potentially influence the overall global market.
Recognising that China is a key area of demand, the report features expert analysis on the trade dynamics of China and its global impact on price and market movements. As a result, the information in the report is useful not just to industry participants in Asia, but also to businesses outside of Asia that are interested in the supply and demand dynamics of the POM market. Production news, capacities and feedstock market updates are also covered to ensure that you get a holistic view of the overall POM supply-and-demand situation in Asia.
What the report covers
- - Weekly POM price quotes – CIF China, FOB northeast Asia
- - Weekly overview and outlook of the overall Asian POM market
- - Analysis of the various POM price and market drivers in Asia, including its downstream derivatives
- - Market news, updates and commentary on the key Asian markets
- - Analysis of trade dynamics in China and their overall impact on Asia
- - Feedstock (methanol) price and market updates in Asia
- - Production news in Asia, including plant capacity, shutdowns and maintenance plans
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polyacetal. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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.