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 Q3 2016
Demand was not the strongest point of the European SAN market in the previous quarter, apart from some exceptions, as customers seemed to be well stocked, while there was strong competition coming from very low-priced Asian imports. The sharp reduction in the July feedstock styrene barge contract is expected to boost demand slightly and maybe help the European market regain some competitiveness against Asia However, volumes will likely slow down and buying interest will decrease during the third quarter due to the traditional summer slowdown mainly in southern Europe.
Asia SAN demand showed signs of a revival from the second half of June. Buyers stocked up some resins ahead of the third quarter manufacturing for export season in China. Sellers anticipate further strengthening in buying momentum as factories in China kick into higher gear from July. Recent strength in feedstock styrene and acrylonitrile in Asia also bolstered prices in China.
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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.