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 Q4 2018
Regional supply for PMMA is poised to be stable in the fourth quarter. Competitive Middle East cargoes are anticipated to place upward pressure on Asia supply. However, multiple upcoming turnarounds in upstream methyl methacrylate (MMA) sectors could counter this to some extent. Limited cost margins may deter some production too.
Buying appetite for PMMA is set to be mixed in the fourth quarter. The ongoing US-China trade tensions and depreciating Asian currencies are likely to dull certain downstream sectors, but some buyers are expected to procure sufficient material to meet near-term requirements, like automotive or television manufacturing.
Supply constraints are expected to completely ease by the end of the year, amid improved MMA supply and decent production levels in Europe. Tightness on the coloured grades are also expected to increase, with production problems in the pigment sector coming to an end.
Demand will soften as the year comes to an end, with destocking already taking place in the market. Uncertainty over the European economy is also dampening buyers’ confidence.
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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.
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