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 2019
POM operating rates in Asia were relatively stable throughout the quarter, with some northeast Asia producers still grappling with minor issues of high inventories. Despite healthy inventories, spot prices rebounded out of their lowest range in 2019 by the middle of the quarter; these levels were last seen in early 2017.
POM prices were able to rebound and be maintained at the same levels for the first time in 2019 during the second half of the quarter, especially as supply was largely unchanged. While non-Chinese producers only reported a slight improvement in demand, Chinese producers saw a more significant jump, allowing them to increase their prices and narrowing the spread between prices of domestic and imported material.
European supply of polyacetal (POM) continued to be balanced throughout the third quarter of the year. There were no known disruptions to supply and low demand limited pressure on availability of material.
Demand for POM has been weak throughout the year due to low consumption from the key automotive industry. There was also some impact from seasonal low demand in August, when many market players take holiday and some downstream production is shut down.
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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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