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.
Our locally-based reporters gather market intelligence to give unbiased information on market overviews, outlooks, feedstock updates and any other influencing factors driving the prices. This up-to-date news and analysis can help you to make informed commercial choices.
Updated to Q1 2019
Regional supply for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is poised to be fairly stable. New Middle East suppliers are projected to aggressively push cargoes further in order to gain market share, while integrated manufacturers in Asia could switch accordingly and raise methyl methacrylate (MMA) production instead, depending on the profitability for PMMA.
Buying appetite for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is expected to be poor. Consumers would remain guarded and consider competitive options, especially in China where feedstock methyl methacrylate (MMA) costs are cheaper. Re-stocking activity may occur after the year-end lull, but the Lunar New Year holidays in February could dampen some appetite.
Supply is expected to remain well balanced in the first quarter, with the continued arrival of imports from Asia and the Middle East. Production is running well in the region, and upstream supply is plentiful.
Demand traditionally increases in the first quarter, with players building up inventory after Christmas. There any some general concerns over the economy, and uncertainty over growth for the year. Players are also waiting for further pricing drops before purchasing.
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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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