The ICIS Polyacetal (POM) report is published weekly in Asia. In Europe POM falls under the Engineering Plastics report and includes Polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) prices.
Price assessments cover contracts in Europe and spot in Asia and this unbiased independent intelligence is supported by commentary about demand, supply, production issues and graphs. This news and market analysis is an invaluable resource for market participants to refer to when making those crucial business decisions.
Updated to Q4 2018
There was room for domestic supply to grow if a recently restarted Chinese plant increased its operating rates in the last quarter. The plant last indicated that it would assess the present market situation and sentiment before doing so. However, it seemed unlikely, but not impossible, for them to ramp up their operating rates given the negative outlook and bearish sentiments.
As the trade war between China and the U.S. showed no sign of easing up after recent escalations, market players did not expect demand from the downstream buyers to be able to pick up anytime soon. They remained bearish for now and would continue to observe all trade war developments.
Supply of POM is likely to remain balanced to tight during the final quarter of the year. POM supply is largely influenced by import volumes from Asia. If typical volumes continue to arrive in Europe then supply will be steady, but conditions will tighten if imports are restricted.
Demand for POM is expected to remain good during October and November, with generally steady market conditions. There is likely to be some decrease in demand in December, as some buyers will destock for the end of the year and the market will be impacted by Christmas holidays.
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Polyacetal or POM is a crystalline plastic often used for technical applications due to its strength, ductility (ability to be drawn into threads without breaking) and good machinability. Its properties make it suitable for click connections (e.g. bicycle lamp holders). The material is known for its stiffness, strength and hardness up to 120ºC, and is as elastic as many metals. It is wear resistant and has a very low friction coefficient. The colour is opaque white, and carbon black can be added to protect the product from UV-light.
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