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 Q2 2019
Asian polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) supply continued to be sufficient. Plants have largely maintained moderate operating rates over the past few months to prevent inventories from building up amid slow demand. Spot availability was slightly cut back on production issues in the Middle East and a planned turnaround in China.
Demand continued to be weighed down by poor economic conditions. The overall trading momentum in the region was subdued amid volatile exchange rates and concerns of a global recession. Import activity was limited particularly for China, due to the devaluation of the yuan against the US dollar. Spot buyers remained cautious owing to the sustained US-China trade war.
European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) supply was long throughout the third quarter, with continued pressure from Asian imports. Prices continued to fall, with some PMMA spot prices close to monomer prices.
Demand was weak throughout the third-quarter, with consumption in August falling linked to European holidays. September was a poor month, with every end-user section, apart from medical, failing to meet expectations.
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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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