Polymethyl methacrylate Prices, markets & analysis
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Polymethyl methacrylate: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
Spot prices for Asian polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) are expected to increase on expectations of strengthened feedstock methyl methacrylate (MMA) prices, which subsequently will place greater cost pressure on major PMMA producers.
Spot prices saw an increase in the third quarter as producers looked to recoup margins by hiking prices and lowering production output. A similar scenario can be expected for the fourth quarter, according to market sources.
Nonetheless, with demand set to decline in November and December as the manufacturing and electronics sectors go into a traditional year-end lull, many industry players are expecting strong resistance towards prices hikes and price gains to be limited.
Higher PMMA prices in Asia could translate to increased market share for European producers, as this trend is likely to result in fewer - and higher-priced - imports from the region.
Import prices are around 6% higher than they were six months ago, exacerbated by the weakening euro against the US dollar. Sources expect an equilibrium of European supply against Asian supply in the following months. Demand is expected to be stable-to-soft in the fourth quarter.
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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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