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 2017
There is uncertainty on how the Chinese government would amend the preliminary ADDs, and how the finalised ADDs would affect imported materials. The finalised ADDs are expected to be announced on 14 October at the earliest, and hence, most domestic Chinese and overseas producers and sellers did not adjust their sales volumes and prices for the moment.
End-user demand was expected to improve starting November as market participants felt that environmental inspections would start to wind down with the conclusion of the 19th National Communist Party Congress of China. Depending on the finalised ADDs, sellers were optimistic that improved demand would support further price increase, extending the price uptrend seen since May 2016.
The supply of polyacetal (POM) in Europe is most likely to remain balanced during the final quarter of 2017. However, volumes imported from Asia may be affected by antidumping duties (ADDs) put in place by the Chinese government, which are expected to be finalised early in the quarter. If the finalised terms of the ADDs discourage the export of POM to China, more material may be sent to Europe.
Demand for polyacetal (POM) is likely to remain stable and at good levels in the last quarter of 2017. However, a producer said that it expected demand to be relatively low during the quarter, as the Christmas holiday will result in limited demand for material in the second half of December.
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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.