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 Q1 2015
The European styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) market is expected to see similar growth patterns in the first quarter (Q1) compared to the same time last year – at around 1-2%, according to market sources. Feedstock costs will be the main driver behind price movements, with three-digit drops expected for January following a €290/tonne reduction in the January feedstocks styrene contract. Some producers may benefit from improved exports due to the weaker euro verses the US dollar, making European SAN more attractive to buyers from outside the EU, as European suppliers regain market share lost to Asian competitors during 2014.
Asia’s SAN demand is expected to remained weak in the first quarter after the sharp price fall in late 2014. Buyers anticipate further down draft in resin prices and delayed commitments. Feedstock styrene monomer and acrylonitrile (ACN) prices remained under downward pressure on weak energy futures. With the Lunar New Year holidays in mid-February, demand is expected to remain tepid in January.
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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.