Polymethyl methacrylate Prices, markets & analysis
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Polymethyl methacrylate: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2015
Fourth-quarter European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) contract price discussions are ongoing, with discussions expected to continue for another few weeks. Prices are being talked at decreases and rollovers from the third quarter, because of good availability, steady-to-soft demand and lower raw material costs, but it is too early for any clear indication on the absolute direction. Asian imports are also expected to be arriving into Europe in the coming months, which is likely to increase domestic competitiveness, as suppliers will be vying for market share.
In Asia, PMMA spot prices for the general-purpose grade are likely to remain on a downwards spiral in the fourth quarter, under pressure from poor import demand in China combined with recent price falls in upstream methyl methacrylate prices. The bearish market sentiment was exacerbated by a lingering supply glut, particularly in China, derailing any potential hopes of a bullish upswing in spot prices in coming quarter. In a similar vein and somewhat how the spot market was in the previous quarter, downbeat PMMA demand in southeast Asia markets also capped prices in that region.
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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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