Poly Methyl Methacrylate (PMMA) Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) Market
 
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
 
Asia
 
The Chinese PMMA market was seen turning bullish as a combined effect of tight regional supply, firmer feedstock and improved sentiments in the domestic market. Supply of feedstock MMA remained exceptionally tight in lieu of a prolonged turnaround period in Asia starting from August, which is anticipated to last till November. Two MMA plants of Sumitomo Chemical, one in Singapore and other in Japan, were taken off stream for about a month due to maintenance related issues. Several other players located in Taiwan, Japan and South Korea announced force majeures in their MMA units in the forthcoming quarter. The overall demand of PMMA remained almost stable in Q3 with China lending strong support, particularly from the automotive and electronics sector. Prices were hovering in the range of USD 1370-1410 per tonne CFR southeast after staying unusually stable during first half of the quarter.
 
North America
 
The American PMMA market struggled to revive during the third quarter owing to dented dynamics in the United States. Producers in the region reported suppressed quarterly performance weighed under dampened auto sales and disruptions in services caused due to seasonal storms. PMMA second-quarter contracts were settled at a rollover, with traders maintaining a balance between higher demand from the transparent sheet sector, and poor MMA/PMMA margins.
 
Europe
 

PMMA supply remained lengthened during Q3, with no supply-side issues observed across the European market. Arkema, one of the top three producers of the resins in Europe and North America, reported a sharp rise in its quarter-on-quarter financials buoyed by improved PMMA sales with an inclining automotive demand. However, the demand for PMMA protective screens, which hit unprecedented highs in Q2 was seen easing in Q3 with substantial recovery observed in other end-uses (such as construction and automotive). September contract prices settled at an increase after maintaining stagnancy due to firming MMA.

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Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is an acrylic polymer available as a white powder or clear plastic sheet. It is chemically stable and non-hazardous but reacts vigorously with strong oxidizing agents. PMMA is a tough, highly transparent material known for its excellent resistance to ultraviolet radiation, gamma rays and weathering. It is an economical alternative to Polycarbonate (PC) where extreme toughness is not required. It can be easily colored, molded, and formed into various shapes. These properties make it ideal for many applications including airplane windshields, skylights, car headlamps and taillights, and outdoor signs. More than half of the PMMA produced globally is used for making sheets produced by extrusion or casting, while the rest is molded into various shapes. Another major consumer of PMMA resin is the construction sector wherein it finds usage in pool, architectural fittings and lighting applications. Other uses include optical media (DVDs, lenses), electronics, mobile phone displays, packaging, toys, etc. PMMA is generally produced from the homogeneous or heterogeneous polymerization reaction of Methyl methacrylate (MMA) in the presence of organic peroxides followed by several commercial processes. Continuous and batch solution processes can be also be used for the production of PMMA resins with varying molecular weights.