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 Q4 2020
Domestic supply in China was largely maintained as local plants were running normally with no major plant turnarounds heard during this period. Supply was, however, tighter in other northeast Asian countries, particularly Japan and South Korea, which resulted in lesser import availability in China from these regions.
There was a slight pick-up in demand in China as the economy slowly recovered following the easing of lockdown restrictions in the country since April. The key downstream automotive sector in China showed an improvement, although automotive sales in other Asian regions were not doing as well as they came out of their respective lockdowns later than China.
At the start of Q4, supply remained balanced. In general, this trend continued throughout the quarter, but towards the end there was just enough supply to meet a rise in demand. There were fewer imports from Asia following a shortage in the region.
Demand in the early part of Q4 continued its momentum from Q3. In November, demand was more or less stable. December outperformed the previous year’s level and is normally considered a quieter month. There was an element of restocking. The growth rate in consumption for some producers outpaced the level of car sales, which supports this notion. This could have been in reaction to new lockdown measures implemented to avoid supply disruptions.
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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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