Published December 2022
Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) is a thermoplastic polymer material produced by the polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA). This report discusses the resins and plastics that are composed of over 50% polymethyl methacrylate. These polymers are available in the form of sheets, molding and extrusion products (pellets, beads, or powders), rods, tubes, and film. PMMA supplies end-use markets that take advantage of its distinct properties, especially high optical clarity, light weight, UV stability, and impact resistance. The major end-use markets for PMMA are related to construction/remodeling and automotive/transportation, as well as electrical/electronics; as a result, consumption of PMMA is largely influenced by general macroeconomic conditions and will continue to follow the patterns of the leading world economies. Mainland China remains as the world’s largest consumer of PMMA.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA):
As most markets declined heavily during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during 2020–21, the global PMMA market remained somewhat shielded. The increase in PMMA sheet demand (that of cast sheet and extruded sheet) used for PMMA barriers/partitions (for example, sneeze guards) helped offset some of the declines in automotive and construction applications.
As of October 2022, the top-five world producers of PMMA represent close to half of the total world capacity. The largest multinational companies, in terms of PMMA capacity/production, are Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates, Röhm, Trinseo, Chi Mei Corporation, and Sumitomo.
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