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
Demand for styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) in Asia is expected to remain steady going into the second quarter. Small production of the resins in Asia has enabled SAN prices to trade above acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and suppliers were generally able to sell out their stock each month. However, some users of SAN continued to favour polystyrene (PS) resins, given that it is currently trading at a steep discount to SAN.
European SAN price direction will likely continue to be driven by feedstock styrene and acrylonitrile (ACN) prices, as well as producers’ attempts to recover lost margins, with Asian suppliers continuing to put pressure on European prices with competitive imports. Overall, demand is not expected to be much improved over 2013 levels. There are, however, some encouraging signs in the wider European market of economic improvement compared to last year, with producers hoping relatively good demand seen in the first quarter will continue into the second quarter.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.