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.
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Updated to Q1 2019
Supply is likely to remain stable, as Chinese plants would not increase their operating rates without an improvement in demand. Other Asian producers had been operating at near-peak capacity in 2018 and were likely to continue doing so as margins were still very healthy.
Chinese buyers will only return for a few weeks before being sidelined again for the Lunar New Year celebrations. Demand was widely expected to recover in late February after the festivities, but sentiment could remain bearish if the trade war between the U.S and China is ongoing.
European supply of POM is likely to return to a balanced to tight condition once demand returns to typical levels following the seasonal lull seen at the end of 2018. Supply conditions may also be impacted by environmental closures in China, which have the potential to tighten supply in Asia and restrict volumes available for export to Europe.
Demand for POM is likely to increase in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the seasonally quiet final quarter of 2018, which was impacted by Christmas holidays and de-stocking. However, demand for POM will be influenced by the performance of the key downstream automotive sector.
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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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