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 Q3 2018
Regional supply for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is poised to be mixed in Q3. The two newly started-up plants in Saudi Arabia are likely to ship more cargoes to Asia, placing upward pressure on supply. Nevertheless, various upcoming turnarounds in upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) sectors could balance this to some extent.
Buying interest for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is set to be varied in Q3, with fresh capacities expected in China. Some consumers would remain wary and purchase small amounts, given the recent price declines from historically strong levels. Other buyers may obtain larger volumes to meet greater downstream demand towards August.
Supply should start to ease in the third quarter, with MMA supply increasing and new imports from the Middle East. Demand will also soften in parts of Europe, as players step away for the holiday period. There will also be annual maintenance for Arkema at Rho, Italy.
Demand will soften in parts of Europe in the third quarter, linked to holidays in the region and stoppages. Underlying demand remains healthy from the automotive and construction sectors.
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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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