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 Q2 2016
The European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) market second-quarter contract negotiations are ongoing, with stable prices expected. Given current market fundamentals, players on both sides of the market have said rollovers seem likely at this stage. Although upstream costs do have some influence on PMMA pricing, supply and demand remain the main drivers. As PMMA prices are already low, the steep drops in the upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) quarterly contract price in the fourth quarter were not mirrored in PMMA pricing. The reasons behind the expected rollovers are steady to strong demand being met with balanced-to-long supply. Demand going into the second quarter is expected to pick up further, as Q2 is the peak season for the derivative construction industry.
On the Asia front, general-purpose grade PMMA spot prices are expected to take a stable-to-soft trend moving into the second quarter of 2016. Limited bullish market fundamentals against a backdrop of slowing demand, particularly in China, are likely to cap any potential upward price momentum. Adequate spot cargo availability may also moderate any significant near-term upswing in prices. The outlook remians uncertain as market players monitor any potential influence from upstream methyl methacrylate markets for a clearer price direction.
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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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