ICIS publishes a weekly styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) report in Asia and Europe. This independent and reliable report covers spot prices for general purpose in Asia and compounding, commercial and speciality grades in Europe.
Our locally-based reporters gather market intelligence and use this to produce unbiased overviews of market movements, including regional news, production data, feedstock prices and supply and demand updates. This up-to-date information is an invaluable resource for those involved in the SAN market.
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 Q2 2016
Players in the European styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) market do not expect any big movements in the second quarter, neither for prices nor for demand. Despite styrene's two strong settlements in March and April, the market doubts whether this trend could continue in the months to come because the spread to benzene is quite high and benzene spot quotes have started softening again at the beginning of April.
The Asia SAN price uptrend came to a pause in early April after several weeks of increases in March. Traders expect resin prices to hold steady in April before trending higher again in May as the manufacturing sector in China typically kicks into higher gear in the second quarter. End users reported a pick-up in the in-flow of orders for finished goods for April to June, fuelling expectations that demand for SAN resins will likely remain adequate in the weeks ahead.
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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.