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 Q3 2017
Imports into the key China market were affected by a preliminary antidumping duties (ADDs) implemented by the Chinese government in end June. With heavy ADDs levied on them, some major producers were unable to export to China. Other producers were unable to take advantage of the situation to increase their market shares in China as they had limited spare volumes to allocate to China. Instead, some sought to increase their prices while others chose to wait for the finalised ADDs before deciding how to adjust their export allocations.
Demand from downstream sectors was a little softer compared to the previous quarter due to environmental inspections, which forced some downstream plants to shut down or lower their operating rates. However, buying interest in POM remained strong from unaffected buyers. Major domestic Chinese producers did not increase their prices much despite falling imports and firming alternative plastics prices, making POM very competitively priced. Despite the environmental inspections and resulting softening in demand, domestic Chinese producers and overseas producers were able to maintain market prices and total sales volumes.
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.