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Acrylonitrile: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
Global availability of acrylonitrile (ACN) is expected to improve in the third quarter, following supply constraints stemming from a heavy plant turnaround season and several unexpected outages in the second quarter.
In the US Gulf, producers are expected to have built sufficient inventories to begin offering spot product to the export market. After mostly resisting declines in the second quarter from plunging feedstock costs and lacklustre demand from some end-users in the global market, US Gulf ACN export prices are anticipated to fall more in line with the downward pressures that have been significantly mitigated in the last few months by constrained supply.
Asia's ACN market is expected to be under pressure in the third quarter amid resumed supply in the region. Maintenance at several ACN plants will complete by June and early July, which may weigh on buying sentiment. However, the demand in the third quarter will likely be stronger than the second quarter amid the downstream manufacturing peak season for exports.
Meanwhile, European ACN players are hoping that the INEOS Seal Sands plant returns to full operation in the third quarter. A return to full production should balance the market and reduce both contract and spot prices. There has currently been no indication from INEOS as to how long the production issues will last.
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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.