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Acrylonitrile: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2018
Asia’s acrylonitrile ACN supply will remain tight in October because of the major turnarounds from China’s Shanghai Secco and South Korea’s Tongsuh Petrochemical. However, supply tightness is expected to ease from November onwards, which may weigh on the market sentiment.
The downstream is expected to slow down in the fourth quarter amid the escalating trade war. In the key China market, factories of end-products such as home appliances and clothes – which use ABS and AF as feedstocks – are increasingly struggling with shrinking foreign orders amid the country’s escalating trade war with the US.
European acrylonitrlile (ACN) supply is expected to remain tight as the market remains structurally short and a few turnarounds are scheduled to take place both in Europe and Asia in the fourth quarter of the year.
Demand will ease on the back of some downstream production cuts, as well as the traditional seasonal slowdown towards the end of the year, but is likely to continue exceeding supply levels.
Supply is likely to decrease in the fourth quarter on sustained production disruptions in the global market. Ascend is on turnaround on AN2 at its Chocolate Bayou, Texas facility until mid-October. Three other major plants will be down in Asia early in the third quarter, further limiting supply.
Demand is likely to soften in the fourth quarter amid continued seasonal downturn in the key downstream acrylic fibres (AF) and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) markets. Decreased demand will help producers work on replenishing inventories amid expectations of increased demand in 2019.
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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.