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Acetonitrile Prices to Rise Throughout February 2024 across the Global Market
Acetonitrile Prices to Rise Throughout February 2024 across the Global Market

Acetonitrile Prices to Rise Throughout February 2024 across the Global Market

  • 22-Feb-2024 5:07 PM
  • Journalist: Jai Sen

Looking towards February 2024, a notable surge in global Acetonitrile prices is anticipated due to heightened downstream inquiries from diverse end-users coupled with reduced inventories among the suppliers and traders, thereby exerting considerable pressure on supply chains and market dynamics. Specifically, within the Asian market, the recent observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year (CNY) celebration, spanning from February 10th to February 16th, 2024, has left a discernible impact on the Asia Pacific (APAC) supply chain. This has notably affected the overall Acetonitrile production, movement, and availability in the region.

During the CNY period, Chinese factories, and significant Acetonitrile producers, undergo temporary shutdowns, resulting in disruptions in output for a duration of 1-2 weeks. Post-CNY, production ramp-up faces hindrances due to labor shortages as workers return belatedly from holidays, contributing to a multifaceted operational scenario.

In parallel, Acetic acid, serving as a pivotal feedstock for Acetonitrile, is expected to sustain its pricing trend within the US market, aligning with the patterns observed in the preceding month. Importantly, no significant alterations in production momentum, including import and export activities, are foreseen.

Moreover, as per the ChemAnalyst anticipation, here are some of the major plant shutdowns of Major feedstock Acetic acid during the month of February 2024:

Consequently, market stability is projected until the concluding weeks of February 2024, underpinned by these consistent market dynamics. The persistent pricing stability of other major feedstocks including methanol, a key feedstock, has further propelled a gradual but sustained growth trajectory within the Acetic Acid sector.

Conversely, downstream purchasing from Acetonitrile sectors also exhibits a steady upswing, prompting concerns among merchants regarding stock adequacy. Consequently, there is a likelihood of merchants pricing their products higher than conventional expectations, thereby maintaining elevated Acetonitrile prices. Moreover, transportation delays and escalated freight costs emerge prominently, impacting the transportation of both feedstock and downstream Acetonitrile from exporting nations to various importing regions, with a primary focus on Europe.

In addition, macroeconomic factors such as inflation and trade tensions are anticipated to introduce further complexities into the supply chain. The observable increase in Acetonitrile prices across the global market and China signifies an emerging trend, potentially indicating a phase characterized by intricate supply-demand dynamics. Notably, a significant importing entity has strategically adjusted its pricing strategies for Acetonitrile, thereby exerting influence on global market trends, and augmenting the country's competitiveness on the global stage as merchants might face a supply-demand variation with limited availability of stockpiles in the forthcoming period.

Navigating through these intricate dynamics, industry observers maintain a cautiously optimistic outlook. The prevailing expectation is for the Acetonitrile market to enter a phase of consolidation, stabilizing prices at a lower threshold, reflective of a broader trend of adaptation to the evolving demand-supply equations.

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