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 Q3 2020
Domestic supply in China remained relatively stable in Q3 after local plants resumed normal production in Q2, following the easing of lockdown measures in March. Producers in Japan and South Korea were running their plants at constant rates, with no major turnarounds heard during this period.
Demand in China was largely stagnant in Q3, following its recovery in Q2 after lockdown measures were eased due to the country’s relative success in containing the coronavirus outbreak. The key downstream automotive sector in China as well as in other Asian regions remained muted, despite business activities in many regions having gradually recovered with the easing of lockdown measures by mid-year.
Supply remained mainly balanced in Q3 due to the coronavirus. There were some delays to deliveries due to lower production levels and port congestion, but this had a limited impact as there was sufficient capacity. Buyers sourced most of their requirements domestically. Reduced imports from Asia capped some of the length in the market.
Demand improved throughout Q3. This was partly due to growth in the automotive sector. There was an element of inventory build-up that was more of a precautionary measure as buyers wanted to be prepared for a sudden uptick in demand, which happened earlier this year. Some orders were placed on a back-to-back basis. There was also an improvement in demand from the medical, construction and general engineering sectors.
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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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