Methyl methacrylate MMA price April 2024 and outlook (see chart below)

  • North America:US$1.78/KG, 1.7% up
  • Europe:US$3.46/KG, 3.3% up
  • Northeast Asia:US$1.8/KG, 2.9% up

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Methyl methacrylate MMA price index

This post is a summary of the Methyl methacrylate MMA developments. The price developments of Methyl methacrylate MMA are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. Methyl methacrylate MMA price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for Methyl methacrylate MMA prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Methyl methacrylate MMA prices
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of Methyl methacrylate MMA
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of Methyl methacrylate MMA prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Methyl methacrylate MMA market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on the Methyl methacrylate MMA price index


What is Methyl methacrylate MMA

Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is a colorless liquid organic compound with the chemical formula CH2=C(CH3)COOCH3. It is the methyl ester of methacrylic acid. MMA is a highly versatile compound and is primarily used as a monomer in the production of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), commonly known as acrylic or Plexiglas. PMMA is a transparent thermoplastic material used in a wide range of applications, including as a lightweight alternative to glass in windows, aquariums, signage, lenses, and various other products.

MMA itself is also utilized in the manufacturing of various other polymers, resins, and copolymers for applications such as coatings, adhesives, dental materials, and surface finishes. MMA can undergo polymerization through processes like free radical polymerization to form long chains of polymethyl methacrylate, contributing to the material’s diverse range of properties and applications.


What are the key properties of Methyl methacrylate MMA



How is Methyl methacrylate MMA  produced

Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is primarily produced through a process known as acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) process or the ACH process. Here’s a simplified overview of the steps involved:

Acetone Cyanohydrin Formation

The ACH process begins with the reaction between acetone (CH3COCH3) and hydrogen cyanide (HCN) in the presence of an acid catalyst, typically sulfuric acid (H2SO4). This reaction results in the formation of acetone cyanohydrin (ACH), which is an intermediate compound in the production of MMA.

CH3COCH3 + HCN → CH3C(OH)(CN)CH3 (Acetone Cyanohydrin)


The acetone cyanohydrin is then hydrolyzed to form methacrylamide, which undergoes further dehydration to produce methacrylonitrile.

CH3C(OH)(CN)CH3 + H2O → CH2=C(CN)COCH3 (Methacrylonitrile)

Methacrylonitrile Hydrogenation

Methacrylonitrile is then hydrogenated in the presence of a catalyst to convert it into methyl methacrylate.

CH2=C(CN)COCH3 + H2 → CH2=C(CH3)COOCH3 (Methyl Methacrylate)


The crude methyl methacrylate produced undergoes purification steps to remove impurities and by-products, yielding pure methyl methacrylate monomer.

This process is industrially significant and is typically carried out in large-scale chemical plants. It’s important to note that there are variations of this process, and technological advancements may have led to modifications in the production methods to improve efficiency, yield, and environmental impact. Additionally, there are other methods for producing MMA, such as the C4 process, which uses isobutylene as a starting material.


What are the uses of Methyl methacrylate MMA

Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is used in various industries and applications due to its versatility. Some common uses include:

Production of Polymethyl Methacrylate (PMMA)

MMA is primarily used as a monomer in the production of PMMA, also known as acrylic or Plexiglas. PMMA is a transparent thermoplastic material used in a wide range of applications, including:

Windows and doors

PMMA can be used as a lightweight, shatter-resistant alternative to glass.

Signage and displays

PMMA is often used for its clarity and durability in signage and display applications.

Lighting fixtures

PMMA can be formed into various shapes and is used as a cover material for lighting fixtures.

Aquariums and terrariums

PMMA is suitable for its transparency and strength in aquatic and pet enclosures.

Coatings and Surface Finishes

MMA is used in the production of coatings and surface finishes for various substrates. These coatings provide protection, aesthetics, and durability to surfaces such as metal, wood, concrete, and plastic.


MMA-based adhesives are utilized in bonding applications where high strength, durability, and resistance to environmental factors are required. MMA adhesives are commonly used in construction, automotive, aerospace, and marine industries.

Dental Materials

MMA is used in the fabrication of dental materials, including denture bases, artificial teeth, and temporary crowns and bridges. PMMA-based dental materials offer aesthetic appeal, biocompatibility, and ease of processing.

Polymer Manufacturing

MMA is a building block for various polymers and copolymers used in the production of plastics, elastomers, and resins. These materials find applications in automotive parts, electronic components, medical devices, and consumer goods.

Emulsion Polymers

MMA is used in the production of emulsion polymers, which are water-based polymer dispersions. Emulsion polymers find applications in paints, coatings, adhesives, and paper coatings.

Overall, methyl methacrylate (MMA) is a versatile compound with a wide range of applications across different industries, including construction, automotive, healthcare, and consumer goods.

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