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
Updated to Q3 2014
June saw improved styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) demand over May due to fewer public holidays across Europe, and levels should remain stable into July. August will most likely see a slowdown during the traditionally quiet summer holiday period, before demand picks up in September. Some players said an explosion at Shell Chemical Europe’s Moerdijk styrene facility on 4 June in the Netherlands may increase July SAN contract prices, but any impact will likely be minimal.
In the Asian market, demand for resins, including SAN, has shown limited pick-up in June despite the approach of the third-quarter manufacturing season for exports in China. Weak economic growth in the US and the eurozone has dampened demand for Asia-made products, hence consumption of SAN is expected to stay tepid in the third quarter. Some end-users of SAN have reported a lower than expected volume of orders for finished products this year.
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Styrene Acrylonitrile Methodology
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.