Methyl Methacrylate (MMA) & Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

Versatile applications and rising technologies

Crucial commodities affected by inconsistent supply

Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is a flammable liquid that can be used for paint, coatings, adhesives and medical applications. However, it is usually polymerised to make polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a rigid transparent plastic originally manufactured in the early 1930s and widely-known by its Perspex, Plexiglas and Lucite trade names.

Lightweight, stress-resistant, and able to withstand years of UV and weather exposure, PMMA is a common replacement for glass. It is also used for flat screen televisions, liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and optical fibres.

Historic oversupply led to declining prices and a failure to invest in production facilities. This means, despite its critical importance in consumer markets, MMA production is frequently affected by shut-downs and aging technology. Production challenges, including routine maintenance, can swiftly lead to rapid price increases.

Ethylene-based MMA production is a rising technology, especially in markets where ethylene is more readily available and cheaper than other feedstocks. Raw materials prices are keenly watched by industry players to monitor costs.

ICIS MMA price assessments are the global industry benchmark. We provide coverage from Asia (including China), Europe and the US for contract and spot prices, closely examine supply and demand fundamentals and monitor the raw materials markets that directly affect MMA and PMMA costs.

The ICIS Live Disruption Tracker provides a global view of upcoming capacity, as well as scheduled and unscheduled maintenance.

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Our editors in Houston, London, Shanghai, and Singapore provide global coverage of the Methyl methacrylate (MMA) market. Every report includes an overview, outlook, pricing, upstream/downstream and production sections. We also provide polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) reports for Europe and Asia.

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