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US SAN Prices Show Bearish Trend Amidst Surplus Inventories, While Market Surge in Europe
US SAN Prices Show Bearish Trend Amidst Surplus Inventories, While Market Surge in Europe

US SAN Prices Show Bearish Trend Amidst Surplus Inventories, While Market Surge in Europe

  • 19-Oct-2023 4:38 PM
  • Journalist: Gabreilla Figueroa

FOB Houston: In the ever-evolving landscape of the global Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) market, prices have been on a rollercoaster ride, driven by a complex interplay of factors. This multifaceted tale unfolds across three key regions: the United States, Europe, and China. A bearish tone prevails in the US as surplus SAN products flood the market. Meanwhile, European SAN experiences an upturn, stimulated by increased demand in food packaging and consumer goods manufacturing, coupled with a hike in feedstock prices. Conversely, the Chinese market enjoys stability due to reduced costs of imported Styrene, creating a ripple effect on SAN prices.

The SAN market in the United States is currently shrouded in bearish sentiment. Excess inventory levels and surplus products from manufacturing units have collided, creating a challenging environment for suppliers. This situation has compelled industry players to navigate the complexities of managing excess stock and finding suitable channels for distribution. Adding to the turmoil, the price of major feedstock Styrene has decreased, prompting suppliers to lower their product prices and offer discounts to remain competitive.

Conversely, European SAN markets have experienced a significant upturn recently. This shift is primarily attributed to a surge in demand from key sectors, particularly food packaging and consumer goods manufacturing. Industrial equipment manufacturers are capitalizing on the lower price levels to bolster their stock for future needs, driving a healthy spot trading activity within the domestic market. Additionally, the rising prices of feedstock Acrylonitrile have contributed to an overall increment in product prices. Consumers are opting for larger shipments to increase their inventory levels, anticipating potential future surges in demand.

China's SAN market is currently experiencing price stability. This stability is chiefly a result of a significant reduction in the cost of imported Styrene from the Korean market. The decreased prices of SAN from exporting nations have had a cascading effect on the Chinese market, resulting in price stability. Although the new orders index has slightly increased, indicating an improving manufacturing market demand, further demand from downstream industries like automotive and consumer goods manufacturing has displayed a moderate pattern, with balanced consumption rates.

ChemAnalyst insights offer a glimpse into the near future of the global SAN market. In the United States, the bearish trend may persist in the short term due to the surplus and the softening of Styrene prices. However, a potential improvement in demand from key sectors could help stabilize the market. In Europe, the upturn in demand from food packaging and consumer goods manufacturing sectors will likely continue driving higher SAN prices. Furthermore, consumer's inclination toward larger shipments for inventory buildup might bolster future demand. For China, the stable price trend is anticipated to endure, and with the manufacturing market demand gradually improving, there is potential for the SAN market to find bullishness.

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