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 Q2 2017
In Asia Pacific, general-purpose grade polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) spot prices are expected to take on a stable to firm trend going into the second quarter. Market sentiment was upbeat, as several regional suppliers have low inventory levels, in part driven by constrained cargo availability of upstream raw material methyl methacrylate. This, combined with planned scheduled plant maintenance, is expected to further cut into production and keep spot prices buoyant in the near term.
Second-quarter contract talks in the European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) market are ongoing, with significant increases agreed so far on the back of tight supply. Triple-digit hikes on a per tonne basis have been heard so far, with the extent dependant on the starting point. The shortness in the upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) supply, which has in turn tightened the global PMMA market, has been the driver of the upward pressure in the market. Demand is also at a robust level and, as there is no short-term relief expected in the upstream supply situation, this is expected to reduce available PMMA volumes in the second quarter. PMMA suppliers continue to cite a very high level of requests, which they are unable to fulfil because of the lack of availability of raw material. Imports are also at a lower level, with some sources saying the availability of South Korean material in Europe is at a lower level. Imports have been reduced because of the price levels in Asia, and because of the tight supply there. The rising raw material prices, tight supply and solid demand are all factors in the ongoing second-quarter contract discussions.
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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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