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.
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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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The export and import prices of polyacetal (POM) in the Asia Pacific spot markets generally faced a downward pressure in the first quarter of the year due to oversupply.
The Asian oversupply situation seen since January persisted until March due to soft demand in the major downstream automobile and electrical sectors amidst a backdrop of global economic slowdown.
Further, there was also an increase in production capacity last year as Thai Polyacetal added a capacity of 45,000 tonnes/year to an existing 55,000 tonnes/year and as Malaysia Polyplastics expanded capacity by 90,000 tonnes/ year in end-2013 from 33,000 tonnes/year previously.
The expansions were amid expectations of demand growth for engineering plastics, particularly from China. However, the Chinese domestic market supply was also ample with stocks from local producers who were offering very competitive prices during the first quarter at around $1,100+/tonne cost, insurance and freight (CIF) China against around $1,300+/tonne freight on board (FOB) northeast Asia prices.
Asian producers meanwhile have expressed plans to raise their offer prices to recoup losses incurred when the feedstock methanol prices were higher. Some producers targeted price hikes up to $200/tonne for March deliveries.
However, only a few producers implemented price increases of around $50-100/tonne during the quarter. The said producers acknowledged a strong resistance from buyers who believed prices should be lower due to the oversupply.
Updated to Q1 2014
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.