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Acrylonitrile: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
The acrylonitrile (ACN) market in Asia is expected to remain firm in the first quarter of 2017 amid cost pressure and the upcoming plant turnarounds in Taiwan and China in February. Most buyers and end-users have started to build inventory ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in late January, which also lent support to market sentiment.
The US ACN market is anticipated to remain tight in 2017, as market participants expect supply disruptions, particularly in the first half of the year. Both the US and overseas markets experienced major supply tightness in the second half of 2016, reflecting the impact of both planned and unplanned global outages.
Sources noted that US producers INEOS Nitriles and Cornerstone Chemical both have planned turnarounds scheduled for May 2017, which will keep US supply tight.
In Europe, rising feedstock costs, higher seasonal demand and tight global supply have led players to expect rising prices in the first quarter of 2017. Coupled with this, a favourable euro versus US dollar exchange rate is expected to stimulate export demand.
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Acrylonitrile (ACN) is a clear, colourless or pale yellow flammable liquid with a sweet, pungent, irritating odour. It is partially soluble in water, soluble in most organic solvents (including ethyl alcohol, acetone, benzene, carbon tetrachloride and ethyl acetate), very reactive and polymerises violently in the presence of alkalis or peroxides.
ACN is used mainly as a monomer or comonomer in the production of synthetic fibres, plastics and elastomers. The largest outlet is in the manufacture of acrylic fibres, which are used in clothing. Acrylic fibres also have uses in home furnishings and bedding.
An important outlet for ACN is the acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)/styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) market.
The dominant route for the manufacture of ACN is the one-step propylene ammoxidation process, replacing the original acetylene-based technology. New technology based on propane ammoxidation is being developed by a number of ACN producers with claims of a 30% production cost advantage compared to the propylene route.