Polyacetal Prices, markets & analysis
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The weekly ICIS engineering plastics report is an essential source of market intelligence in the polyacetal POM and the polybutylene terephthalate PBT industries.
We gather analyse and assess information to provide complete, detailed views on the POM and the PBT pricing environments. The report includes comprehensive coverage of the quarterly POM and PBT contracts.
Market commentary closely tracks supply and demand, production information and details on feedstock pricing of butane diol and dimethyl terephthalate.
The first quarterly contract price assesses natural-grade POM on a free delivered Northwest Europe basis. The quarterly PBT contract quotes are for filled, unfilled and flame retardant grades. All price assessments are POM on a free delivered Northwest Europe basis in Euros per kg with conversions to US cents per pound.
Quotes for both products reflect settlements between buyers and sellers. All quotes are based on truck loads of 20 to 25 tonnes.
Cargo sizes and specifications vary according to different customers and grades. We report on engineering plastic contract deals ranging from 1,000 to 200,000 tonnes per annum.
The report provides its readers with accurate and reliable market intelligence.
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Updated to Q1 2015
The European polyacetal (POM) first-quarter contract price was assessed at €2.15-2.25/kg FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe). The decrease on the Q4 contract was driven by length in the market, aggressive imports and pressure from upstream markets.
Asian imports continued to dominate the market in February, despite a fall in the euro versus US dollar exchange rate that resulted in Asian material being less competitively priced to the European market.
However, as the quarter continued, the falling euro saw European producers increasing their market share. The extent of this situation is expected to become clear later this year, with Asian producers unable to match the previous low prices because of the exchange rate.
Although the pressure on European producers from Chinese imports has eased, sources suggest high-quality Japanese and Korean-origin product is expected to put pressure on the European balance.
The market is balanced-to-long as Q2 negotiations continue, with participants split on price direction.
ICIS provides pricing information, news and analysis for all major petrochemical and chemical markets, including Polyacetal.
We offer unbiased and independent price reporting, with our price assessments being widely quoted as benchmarks in contracts.
Our information is collected from market participants by our global network of reporters, delivering unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets, including China and Asia.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments, giving you a robust reference for your negotiations.
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.