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 2019
The market was largely plagued by ample supply and weak demand. Competition between regional and Middle Eastern suppliers was strong. There were some plant turnarounds and production issues in the region and the Middle East, but they did not result in tight supply. Some producers reduced production rates to prevent a build-up of inventory.
Demand from the automotive, construction and household appliance sectors was hit by the US-China trade war and a slowdown in the economy. Alternative polymer polycarbonate prices were largely down in 2019, also giving competition to PMMA. Demand was also subdued due to the year-end festivities and buyers focused on keeping their inventories lean.
European polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) supply lengthened throughout the fourth quarter, on lower demand and higher imports.
The fourth quarter is traditionally the weakest demand period of the year because producers lower manufacturing rates and consumers wind down stocks.
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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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