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 2020
Supply is reduced due to plant issues, turnarounds and tight feedstock methyl methacrylate (MMA) supply. Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation had turnarounds at its Japan and China sites, as did Asahi Kasei in Japan. LG MMA production of PMMA was impacted due to a shortage of MMA, which impacted production elsewhere generally. Congestion at ports and tight availability of container vessels exacerbated the tight supply of import materials.
The market was healthy as buying interest returned following pent-up demand from lockdowns and coronavirus restrictions earlier in the year. Demand from automotive, home appliances and LCD display screens manufacturers lent support. Sentiment was firm as relevant thermoplastics, like acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene and polycarbonate were strong for a large part of Q4 until the year-end. Chinese sentiment turned cautious, however, towards the end of the year amid falling MMA and certain other thermoplastics prices.
There are no issues with regional supply. However, firm markets globally, coupled with shipping disruption has impacted supply from imports.
Demand has steadily increased as traditional end-use demand has recovered from the coronavirus enforced dip. This has more than offset the decrease in protective sheet demand.
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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.