Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is published by ICIS weekly in Asia and Europe. These reliable and trustworthy reports include price assessments for spot general purpose in Asia and contract for standard grade in Europe.
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Polymethyl methacrylate: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
So far, European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) Q4 contracts have settled at an increase. The global tightening in upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA), combined with sustained demand has contributed to upward pressure in the market. The squeeze on supply is largely expected to continue for the rest of the quarter. Some European producers said they are struggling to obtain enough MMA to meet the current level of demand. Demand is expected to soften in mid-December ahead of the holiday period.
In Asia Pacific, general-purpose grade PMMA spot prices are expected to hold stable to firm over Q4, tracking the upstream MMA markets in Asia. The possibility of raw material MMA prices spiralling higher into Q4, against a backdrop of supply availability being squeezed, could generate upward pressure on PMMA markets. This might come even though demand in Asia for general-purpose grade PMMA is stable, but not particularly robust. In general, expectations of increased demand ahead of the year-end holiday season may help to cushion market sentiment.
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About Polymethyl methacrylate
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is an acrylic polymer that has high ultraviolet (UV) resistance and is available as resin or sheet. About two-thirds of consumption is in sheets produced by extrusion or casting, while the remainder is moulded into various shapes.
PMMA's primary use is in car headlamps and taillights. The second-largest use is in construction (pool and sanitary ware, architectural fittings), and glazing/signage.
A growing sector for PMMA is in electronic applications, such as flat screen televisions and liquid crystal displays (LCD’s).
Other uses are household appliances, optical media (DVDs, lenses), electronics, mobile phone displays, cosmetics packaging, toys, pens and furniture.
PMMA is available as a white powder or clear plastic sheet, is stable and non-hazardous, but incompatible with strong oxidising agents. It is combustible and in powder form is harmful by ingestion or inhalation.
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