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Updated to Q2 2018
Supply of polyacetal (POM) was tight through much of Q2. Supply tightened in Q1 as a result of limited imports from Asia, which continued for much of Q2. A producer said it had seen an increase in the amount of imports from Asia in June, although mixed views were given on whether this was sufficient to balance supply.
Demand for polyacetal (POM) in Europe was good during Q2, with a producer saying that it saw similar levels of demand as was seen in Q1. Sources said the limited availability of material during the quarter also contributed to strong demand for POM as buyers looked to secure volumes.
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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.