Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is published by ICIS weekly in Asia and Europe. These reliable and trustworthy reports include price assessments for spot general purpose in Asia and contract for standard grade in Europe.
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Updated to Q3 2020
Supply was balanced to tight. There were several turnarounds in the region in Q3. Some Asian suppliers exported PMMA resins and sheets to other regions. Feedstock MMA supply was also tight in China. Firm costs and tight MMA supply capped production rates, with some producers even reducing their production rates.
Demand for PMMA sheets in protective barrier applications against the coronavirus spread decreased in Q3. However, demand recovery in China lent support, particularly from the automotive and LCD screens sectors. Demand recovery in southeast Asia was gradual.
Supply during Q3 was balanced to long, with no supply issues.
Demand remained strong in Q3, initially with high demand for protective screens, and then with the recovery of other end-uses offsetting the decline for coronavirus protective sheets.
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Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is the most important application for methyl methacrylate (MMA).
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is an acrylic polymer that has high ultraviolet (UV) resistance and is available as resin or sheet. About two-thirds of consumption is in sheets produced by extrusion or casting, while the remainder is moulded into various shapes.
PMMA’s primary use is in car headlamps and taillights. The second-largest use is in construction (pool and sanitary ware, architectural fittings), and glazing/signage.
A growing sector for PMMA is in electronic applications, such as flat screen televisions and liquid crystal displays (LCD’s).
Other uses are household appliances, optical media (DVDs, lenses), electronics, mobile phone displays, cosmetics packaging, toys, pens and furniture.
PMMA is available as a white powder or clear plastic sheet, is stable and non-hazardous, but incompatible with strong oxidising agents. It is combustible and in powder form is harmful by ingestion or inhalation.