Styrene acrylonitrile Prices, markets & analysis
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Styrene acrylonitrile Overview Transcript
Styrene acrylonitrile or SAN is a transparent resin made from styrene and acrylonitrile.
SAN is used to make consumable items like cigarette lighters, tooth brush holders and trays in refrigerators. It’s also used to make fan-blades and other items requiring transparency.
China is the main users of SAN in Asia, given its large manufacturing base and position as a leading exporter of finished goods.
SAN usage is expected to grow as demand for consumer items increases each year. Domestic demand in China has become an important outlet for SAN in Asia, as local demand for finished goods and consumer items is set to grow strongly over the next several years.
The market in Asia is essentially spot, with demand and supply conditions often moving prices, although speculation does often accentuate these price movements.
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Styrene acrylonitrile: Market overview
Asia Styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) prices were lifted by strong styrene monomer (SM) values in the third quarter. However, demand for the resin was lacklustre despite the ongoing third-quarter manufacturing season. The key Chinese export sector remained weak with limited pick-up expected in the near term. Other competing plastics like polystyrene and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) are trading at near parity to SAN values, prompting some buyers to switch to these plastics. Some suppliers, however, are cautiously optimistic of a rebound in demand in September because of pre-buying activities ahead of the long Chinese holiday in October.
European demand has been stable for most of 2013, with price movements largely driven by feedstock prices. Following a drop in demand in May caused by a spate of public holidays in Europe, market participants were satisfied with demand in June and July, although the generally weak economic conditions in the region kept demand from exceeding 2012 levels. Lower-priced Asian material has maintained a presence in the European market, although recent strengthening in raw material costs in Asia may see the price gap between the regions narrow in the third quarter.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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About Styrene acrylonitrile
Styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) is a copolymer of styrene and acrylonitrile. It is an optically clear resin which when compared with general-purpose polystyrene (GPPS) has improved toughness and rigidity, better solvent and chemical resistance, and somewhat greater heat resistance.
SAN copolymer ranks among the hard engineering plastics. Its properties are influenced both by its molecular weight and by its acrylonitrile content. If the two parameters are increased simultaneously, this will raise the strength, rigidity, impact strength, heat resistance and stress cracking resistance.
Key end uses for SAN are household and sanitary applications, office articles, cosmetic packaging, electrical, transparent covers, lighters, sanitary applications, medical applications and battery housings.