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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 Q2 2015
Second-quarter (Q2) European polyacetal (POM) contract prices settled at a rollover to slight decrease, amid stable demand. Although imports have decreased, the market remained long, which provided some price pressure.
POM quarterly contract prices were assessed at €2.15-2.23/kg FD (free delivered) NWE (northwest Europe), a €0.02/kg decrease on the high end of the range.
The decrease in imports from Asia following the fall in the euro against the dollar exchange rate had a slight balancing effect on the market.
Despite the fall in imports, the general oversupply prevented prices increasing.
Sources said that they had noticed a decrease in the amount of Chinese material in the market. However, with Japanese and South Korean supplies still being an alternative to European material, there was little room for price hikes.
Throughout the second quarter, demand remained stable, with many market participants not noticing the seasonal uptick in demand expected in June.
However, this uptick was felt by some suppliers. Given the current supply and demand balance, combined with stable raw material prices, many market participants are expecting prices to remain stable in the third quarter.
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.