04 March 2011 17:32 [Source: ICIS news]
US spot ACN prices increased by $50/tonne (€36/tonne) to $2,600-2,650/tonne, as assessed by ICIS, continuing their record-setting surge.
Since the start of October 2010, ACN prices have increased by $700-750/tonne.
Producers and buyers said strong demand from the downstream acrylic fibre (AF) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) segments continued to push ACN prices upward.
An AF producer said it was seeing prices in the
AF demand has been spurred by a cotton shortage, which boosted cotton prices and made AF a viable competitor.
However, an AF producer said it was starting to see margin erosion from high ACN prices, despite strong global demand for AF.
In the ABS market, demand has been described as relatively strong for the time of year. In the key
($1 = €0.72)
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