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 2021
PMMA supply was tight in Q1, tracking feedstock MMA. Certain producers curtailed production due to feedstock shortage. Regional producers saw healthy domestic demand, and had less material to export. A few suppliers were on reduced allocation, amid curtailed production and upcoming turnarounds.
Demand was overall stable. There was some slowdown ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday but sentiment was firm post-holiday. Towards the end of Q1, domestic China buying sentiment turned cautious on MMA price corrections. The PMMA sheet sector was subdued but stable. Other sectors like the light guide panel and automotive saw healthy demand.
Supply in Q1 remained constant, constrained by issues further up the feedstock value chain. Disruptions with MMA and tightness resulting in high prices for acetone have filtered down to PMMA. There were no plant outages or restrictions. Imports into the region were impacted by the container shortage.
Demand was healthy from all end uses. Automotive sector demand was strong, despite problems with supply of microchips and some production slowdowns. Construction and lighting demand was healthy.
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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.