ICIS has a network of locally based reporters providing coverage of regional Methyl methacrylate markets. They provide not just pricing information, but an in-depth understanding of the factors driving prices and market fluctuations.
Updated to Q4 2018
Supply of US methyl methacrylate (MMA) remained tight in the fourth quarter of 2018, as the market is still recovering from 2017, when Lucite’s two plants operated under force majeure from late January through November. Turnarounds by producers Dow Chemical (at its Deer Park, Texas plant) and Lucite (at its plant in Beaumont, Texas) did not further tighten supply, as some had expected, in part because producer Evonik rescheduled its turnaround from November until March.
Demand for US methyl methacrylate (MMA) remained strong throughout the fourth quarter of 2018. Demand has been healthy in the plastics sector, but has surged in the coatings sector, as many paint manufacturers are turning to more acrylic formulations. There was some de-stocking seen in December, as end-users looked to limit their tax liability. Taxes are often assessed based on supply on hand at the end of the year.
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Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) is polymerised to form PMMA (also known as plexiglass), lubricant viscosity modifiers, emulsions, dispersions and coatings.
The weekly ICIS report on the US Gulf (USG) market for methyl methacrylate (MMA) includes monthly contract prices assessed for delivered rail-car and delivered tank-truck.
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We also include feedstock prices for acetone and methanol and sometimes add natural gas, ammonia and propylene information, because these costs can greatly influence pricing.
Supply and demand issues have become more important than ever before in what is a tight US MMA market, so we also track plant outages and international trade flows.
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