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 Q1 2017
In Asia, general-purpose (GP) grade polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) spot prices are poised to take direction from upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) markets in the region. Prices are expected to be stable-to-firm in the first quarter. Scheduled maintenance in the first quarter may well keep spot availability in check, against a backdrop of steady demand for the GP-grade PMMA.
Q1 European PMMA contract negotiations are in the later stages, with settlements so far heard at high double-digit increases up to low triple-digit increases, depending on the starting point. Upstream tightness and firming feedstock prices remain the main cause of upward pressure, with upstream supply set to be tight for the rest of the quarter. There was some concern in the extruded sheet sector if buyers would be able to pass on the cost increase to customers. Demand remains at a steady but high level, with overall supply still tight. The impact of the upcoming Lunar New Year is a topic of interest. With inventories low in Asia and further turnarounds planned in the region this quarter, Asian sellers are expected to focus on replenishing diminished stocks rather than increase exports after the holiday.
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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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