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Updated to Q3 2014
Initial settlements for European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) third-quarter contracts were being agreed on at the beginning of July.
Negotiations began in early June and were ongoing. Some of the contracts that have settled have been agreed at an increase from the second quarter.
One producer said that prices could face further increases this year because of the tightness in the feedstock methyl methacrylate (MMA) market. MMA supply could stay tight for another few months, monomer producers said, with one supplier indicating that it would take until the end of the year before supply pressures ease.
Sales control on PMMA is still in place at Lucite International. The producer put its customers on sales control, following the force majeure that was declared on MMA at the company in April. The force majeure was lifted in the middle of May, and Lucite International imposed sales control on MMA thereafter.
In Asia, spot prices are likely to be stable-to-firm in the third quarter in view of the raise in MMA prices over last couple of months, most industry sources said. In July, the majority of the producers have raised offers as they sought to relieve cost pressure and recoup margins. However, resistance by buyers are expected to be high given the general lackluster demand in southeast Asia and China, the producers acknowledged. As a result, most market participants are expecting any price gains to be capped.
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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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