Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is published by ICIS weekly in Asia and Europe. These reliable and trustworthy reports include price assessments for spot general purpose in Asia and contract for standard grade in Europe.
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Polymethyl methacrylate: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
Regional supply for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) may increase in Q4, when a new facility in Saudi Arabia offers potential spot volumes in the forms of PMMA and upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA). However, this may be delayed as some production troubles were heard in late Q3, according to market sources. Conversely, manufacturers affected by recent planned and unplanned closures would have some time to build up production and inventory levels, thus easing the tight supply situation. In addition, with PMMA spot prices recently edging above MMA prices, sellers have some incentive to reap margins in the spot market by making PMMA.
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) demand is expected to remain restricted in Q4, amid a bullish market. This sentiment may change when buyers see that the regional supply is less tight. Some buyers were of the view that prices may reach a peak towards the end of the year when fresh spot volumes arrive from the new PMMA facility in Saudi Arabia. As a result, consumers are likely to adopt a wait-and-see approach and purchase only when necessary for most of the quarter.
European MMA supply problems have intensified, and continue to be the main issue effecting PMMA supply. There are both planned and unplanned stoppages upstream, and this resulted in Lucite International implementing sales controls at the start of the quarter. There is expected to be minimal relief for the rest of the year.
Demand traditionally increases after the holiday period in August, and levels in Q4 are expected to be robust. The supply situation continues to drive the market, and there is an inflated level of demand because of this. It is expected to take sometime before this will be resolved.
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About Polymethyl methacrylate
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is an acrylic polymer that has high ultraviolet (UV) resistance and is available as resin or sheet. About two-thirds of consumption is in sheets produced by extrusion or casting, while the remainder is moulded into various shapes.
PMMA's primary use is in car headlamps and taillights. The second-largest use is in construction (pool and sanitary ware, architectural fittings), and glazing/signage.
A growing sector for PMMA is in electronic applications, such as flat screen televisions and liquid crystal displays (LCD’s).
Other uses are household appliances, optical media (DVDs, lenses), electronics, mobile phone displays, cosmetics packaging, toys, pens and furniture.
PMMA is available as a white powder or clear plastic sheet, is stable and non-hazardous, but incompatible with strong oxidising agents. It is combustible and in powder form is harmful by ingestion or inhalation.
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