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Updated to Q1 2018
Supply of polyacetal (POM) tightened during the first quarter, particularly during March. European supply was affected by limited import volumes arriving from Asia, which was attributed to environmental controls reducing supply in the region.
Sources have said that material is available in Europe from the Ibn Sina POM plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia, which started up early this year, but that this has not significantly affected the supply balance.
Demand for POM was good throughout the first quarter of 2018, strengthening in March as supply tightened.
A buyer said in March that supply from some Asian sellers was extremely limited, which may have contributed to rising domestic demand.
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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.