The ICIS Polyacetal (POM) report is published weekly in Asia. In Europe POM falls under the Engineering Plastics report and includes Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) prices.
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Polyacetal: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
European polyoxymethylene (POM) contract negotiations for the quarter are ongoing. Upstream Q4 methanol contract prices settled at an increase, adding some upward pressure to discussions. Overall, demand remains stable and is expected to do so for much of Q4. Traditionally, demand starts to soften towards the end of the year, with some seasonal destocking taking place. Players closely manage inventories to avoid starting the New Year with unnecessary stocks. Some businesses close for a number of weeks during the holiday period. Supply remains balanced-to-long with import levels stable year on year.
European polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) Q4 contract talks are ongoing, with upstream firmness delaying some settlements. The upstream butanediol (BDO) market has tightened due to solid demand and various hiccups in global production. As it is unclear how much players will be paying for BDO, some are unable to settle their downstream PBT contracts. Demand remains stable-to-firm, with some derivative sectors such as automotives continuing to provide an overall boost. Demand is expected to remain at this level until the end of year, when it is expected to tail off as the holiday season begins. Supply remains balanced-to-long, although the impact of any upstream squeeze remains unclear.
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Polyacetal or POM is a crystalline plastic often used for technical applications due to its strength, ductility (ability to be drawn into threads without breaking) and good machinability. Its properties make it suitable for click connections (e.g. bicycle lamp holders). The material is known for its stiffness, strength and hardness up to 120ºC, and is as elastic as many metals. It is wear resistant and has a very low friction coefficient. The colour is opaque white, and carbon black can be added to protect the product from UV-light.