Acrylonitrile markets are covered weekly by ICIS in Asia, Europe and the US by our network of locally based reporters.
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Acrylonitrile: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
Players in the European ACN market do not expect more significant contract hikes, if INEOS’ Seal Sand facility returns to operation. Spot players are less optimistic for the near future, with spot availability likely to be limited, as suppliers focus on providing contract volumes.
ACN prices in Asia are expected to remain firm in the second quarter on the back of heavy turnarounds in Asia and the US. Several maintenance outages will take place together in May, hence, suppliers are starting to build the inventory and only have very limited spot materials in coming months. The disappearance of deep-sea cargoes from the US may tighten the Asian market further, especially the Indian market which relies heavily on the deep-sea cargoes.
The US ACN market is expected remain tight in Q2 2017, as several US producers have scheduled turnarounds during the quarter. Both the US and overseas markets were tight in Q1, making it difficult for market participants to build inventories ahead of the upcoming heavy turnaround season.
Downstream demand for ACN is also expected to remain robust, particularly from the acrylamide, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and specialty chemicals markets.
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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.