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Acrylonitrile: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2017
ACN supply in Q4 is expected to increase along with the restart of INEOS’ Green Lake unit. Deep-sea cargoes will gradually resume in coming months, which will ease tight supply in Asia. Units in China, which were shut down earlier due to environmental issues, may be restarted in October onwards, sources said.
Downstream demand is likely to slow down in coming quarter amid the completion of traditional peak demand season. The operation of downstream acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and acrylic fibre (AF) units may decrease amid the slowing sales with the approaching year-end.
Supply levels should improve after October when planned maintenance periods at Lukoil’s Saratov site and INEOS Nitriles' Seal Sands plant should be completed. With November and December being some of the only months this year with uninterrupted production, supply levels can be allowed to build. Imports may continue to suffer, depending on how long it takes the US and China to recover their production rates.
Demand will continue to track high as players look to secure stock. Most of this year has seen limited availability and producers will likely run at high rates to meet the resultant demand. The high season is also underway and demand is likely to keep improving downstream, although the Chinese government shutdowns may hamper some of the improvement.
US acrylonitrile (ACN) supplies are expected to remain limited in Q4 as multiple producers remain on force majeure as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Supplies are expected to remain limited for some time after producers lift their force majeure declarations, as supplies were previously depleted due to Q2 turnarounds.
US acrylonitrile (ACN) demand is expected to remain strong in Q4 due to limited supply levels as a result of Hurricane Harvey and steady global demand due to supply constraints overseas. Environmental regulations and turnarounds in Asia have maintained global demand for product as supplies remain limited in other regions.
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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.