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Methyl Methacrylate(MMA)

Uses of MMA

Methyl methacrylate is a volatile synthetic chemical that is used principally in the production of cast acrylic sheet, acrylic emulsions, and moulding and extrusion resins.

In the manufacture of methacrylate resins and plastics. Methyl methacrylate is transesterified into higher methacrylates such as n-butyl methacrylate or 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate.

methyl methacrylate monomer is used in the production of methylmethacrylate polymers and copolymers, polymers and copolymers are also used in waterborne, solvent, and undissolved surface coatings, adhesives, sealants, leather and paper coatings, inks, floor polishes, textile finishes, dental prostheses, surgical bone cements, and leaded acrylic radiation shields and in the preparation of synthetic fingernails and orthotic shoe inserts. Methyl methacrylate is also used as a starting material to manufacture other esters of methacrylic acid.

Granules for injection and extrusion blow moulding which for their outstanding optical clarity, weathering and scratch resistance are used in lighting, office equipment and electronics (cell phone displays and hi-fi equipment), building and construction (glazing and window frames), contemporary design (furniture, jewellery and tableware), cars and transportation (lights and instrument panels), health and safety (jars and test tubes) and household appliances (microwave oven doors and mixer bowls).

Impact modifiers for clear rigid polyvinyl chloride.

CAS Number: 80-62-6

  • Methyl methacrylate (MMA) is used in the manufacture of polymethyl methacrylate (PM-MA), coatings, lubricant additives, wood sizing agents, paper polishes, etc. 
  • MMA is not only an organic chemical raw material, but also can be directly applied as a chemical product. As an organic chemical raw material, it is mainly used in the production of PM-MA and also used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride additive ACR and as a second monomer in the production of acrylic fibers. In addition, it has been widely used in adhesives, coatings, resins, textiles, papermaking and other industries. As a chemical product, it can be directly applied to leather, ion exchange resin, paper polish, textile auxiliaries, leather treatment agents, lubricating oil additives, crude oil pour point depressants, wood and soft wood sizing agents, motor coils permeabilizers, insulating and potting materials, and plasticizers for plastic type emulsions, floor polishing, unsaturated resin modification, higher esters of methacrylic acid, and many other fields. 
  • MMA is used as an organic synthetic monomer and in the manufacture of other resins, plastics, coatings, adhesives, scale inhibitors, lubricants, wood infiltrants, motor coil impregnants, paper polishes, auxiliaries for printing and dyeing, and insulating potting materials. 
  • As a monomer for PM-MA, it is also used in the manufacture of other resins, plastics, coatings, adhesives, lubricants, wood and cork sizing agents, and paper polishing agents.

Precautions for storage of MMA

MMA is usually mixed with polymerization inhibitors. It should be stored in cool ventilated warehouses and kept away from fire, heat sources, and light. The temperature in warehouses should not exceed 37°C. It requires to sealed in packaging and must not come into contact with air. It should be stored separately with oxidants, acids, alkalis, halogens, etc. to avoid mixing. It is not suitable for large-scale or long-term storage. Use explosion-proof lighting and ventilation facilities and do not use mechanical equipment and tools that are prone to generate sparks. In its storage areas, spill treatment equipment and suitable containment materials should be prepared.

Uses of  Methyl Methacrylate (MMA)

  • Methyl methacrylate is a volatile synthetic chemical that is used principally in the production of cast acrylic sheet, acrylic emulsions, and moulding and extrusion resins.
  • In the manufacture of methacrylate resins and plastics. Methyl methacrylate is transesterified into higher methacrylates such as n-butyl methacrylate or 2-ethylhexyl methacrylate.
  • methyl methacrylate monomer is used in the production of methylmethacrylate polymers and copolymers, polymers and copolymers are also used in waterborne, solvent, and undissolved surface coatings, adhesives, sealants, leather and paper coatings, inks, floor polishes, textile finishes, dental prostheses, surgical bone cements, and leaded acrylic radiation shields and in the preparation of synthetic fingernails and orthotic shoe inserts. Methyl methacrylate is also used as a starting material to manufacture other esters of methacrylic acid.
  • Granules for injection and extrusion blow moulding which for their outstanding optical clarity, weathering and scratch resistance are used in lighting, office equipment and electronics (cell phone displays and hi-fi equipment), building and construction (glazing and window frames), contemporary design (furniture, jewellery and tableware), cars and transportation (lights and instrument panels), health and safety (jars and test tubes) and household appliances (microwave oven doors and mixer bowls).

Impact modifiers for clear rigid polyvinyl chloride.

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