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Updated to Q4 2018
Supply of polyacetal (POM) remained balanced to tight during October and November and became balanced during December as a result of seasonally low demand. Supply re-balanced despite Celanese implementing sales controls on POM in Europe, Asia and the Americas. The producer attributed these controls to low water levels on the river Rhine and and turnarounds at Celanese and co-supplier POM units.
Weakening demand from the automotive sector contributed to lower demand for POM during the final quarter of 2018, though sources gave mixed views on the extent of the impact the automotive sector had on demand for POM. The fourth quarter is also typically a quieter period with de-stocking and Christmas holidays impacting demand towards the end of the year.
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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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