Published September 2021
Acrylonitrile (ACN) is a commodity petrochemical produced primarily from propylene and ammonia. It is used in the production of a wide range of chemical products (mainly ABS/SAN resins, acrylic fibers, acrylamide, nitrile rubber, adiponitrile, and carbon fibers). The ACN demand pattern is relatively complex because of the diversity of its end uses; however, ACN demand is mostly dependent on the state of the economy. Acrylic fibers, historically the foremost ACN outlet, have gradually lost momentum as a result of competition from low-cost polyester fibers. In the meantime, other applications such as ABS resin or acrylamide have gained significant traction, especially within emerging markets. ABS resins now constitute the largest ACN outlet.
The following chart shows world consumption of acrylonitrile:
Acrylonitrile demand is dependent on the state of the economy, as recorded in the global recession during the COVID-19 pandemic. Most of ACN’s major end-use markets (ABS/SAN resins, acrylic fibers, and adiponitrile) are cyclical and therefore directly affected by economic downturns, especially when consumer spending contracts. Conversely, the acrylamide and nitrile rubber markets have shown more resiliency over the past 10 years. Acrylamides are essentially used to produce polyacrylamides (PAM), which are primarily for wastewater treatment applications. The nitrile rubber market has been positively influenced by the fast-rising production of nitrile gloves, which are used primarily within the resilient and growing healthcare segment. However, both of these end-use markets are quite small.
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