The Asian POM market is volatile and continues to grow quickly. ICIS can give you weekly updates on price movements, plus information on supply and demand that is driven by China and other key POM players in Asia, making sure you have the data you need to make confident commercial decisions.
Use ICIS information to:
- Follow fluctuations and understand factors driving them
- Input into your own internal analytical models
- Clarify settlements and contracts
- Inform negotiations
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Updated to Q2 2018
The polyacetal supply situation in Asia did not change quarter on quarter. Most northeast Asia exporters stated that their inventories were tight and thus continued to push for higher prices every month, though they met with only some success, due to the softening demand. In the domestic Chinese market, supply was balanced except for a short period in mid-quarter when a couple of plants had turnarounds. Domestic prices were steady, kept down by soft demand, rather than supply.
Demand in the key China market was initially stable at the start of the second quarter but slowly softened due to the ongoing trade war between the US and China, resulting in periods of stagnated prices. There was confusion among the various end-use industries as they were unsure if their products would be hit with sanctions. The only exception was the automotive industry; sellers reported that demand from these buyers remained robust throughout the quarter.
ICIS produces weekly reports covering the Asian POM market that enable industry players to monitor price movements and trading activities for key markets in Asia, including China and other NE Asian countries, which can potentially influence the overall global market.
Recognising that China is a key area of demand, the report features expert analysis on the trade dynamics of China and its global impact on price and market movements. As a result, the information in the report is useful not just to industry participants in Asia, but also to businesses outside of Asia that are interested in the supply and demand dynamics of the POM market. Production news, capacities and feedstock market updates are also covered to ensure that you get a holistic view of the overall POM supply-and-demand situation in Asia.
What the report covers
- - Weekly POM price quotes – CIF China, FOB northeast Asia
- - Weekly overview and outlook of the overall Asian POM market
- - Analysis of the various POM price and market drivers in Asia, including its downstream derivatives
- - Market news, updates and commentary on the key Asian markets
- - Analysis of trade dynamics in China and their overall impact on Asia
- - Feedstock (methanol) price and market updates in Asia
- - Production news in Asia, including plant capacity, shutdowns and maintenance plans
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Polyacetal. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
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.