Quarterly Update on Global Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Market fundamentals of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) were hindered in the quarter ending September 2020 due to its low demand across Asia. Small scale and medium scale manufacturers had to halt the production in Q3 due to low demand and consequently low prices. In China, turnaround in Shandong Haili Petrochemical ASF plant that was shut in March, was extended till next year under fears of prevailing demand uncertainties. However, big industries continued to produce the product in small quantities as per the spot demand. Following consistent decline in the demand for feedstock Acrylonitrile, prices of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) also decreased across Asia. As per industry experts, demand for the product is expected to recover in Q4 with active push in its seasonal demand from apparel industry.
Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) demand was observed to be stable with low price margins in Q1 and Q2. The demand of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) is usually high due to long winter seasons in North America but due to extended lockdowns, the production of apparels was slowed and eventually came to a standstill by mid-July. Prices of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) in Q3 were high due to appreciable demand for yarns and fibers. With the ease in lockdown by quarter end, supply of product across the region resumed as several manufacturers came onstream after a prolonged turnaround. Since major manufacturers have started the full-fledged production of the product and as the prices of raw material appear stable, market fundamentals of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) are expected to gain stability by the next quarter.
In the third quarter of 2020, prices of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) were high due to low production levels and fragile economic conditions in the region. Even though Europe is one of the major consumers of the product, the demand did not regain its original levels as compared to Q3 2019. With the extension of lockdown and increasing number of Covid-19 cases, the government had to issue guidelines to halt the activities that led to decreased supply of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF). In Q4, the demand of Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) is expected to increase with the rise in prices of raw material, Acrylonitrile.
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Company-wise installed capacity, production volume and plant operating efficiency is captured directly from manufacturers. Import and Export volume is captured from government sources and demand for Acrylonitrile is calculated considering the production, import, export and inventory-levels on the country and regional level markets.
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Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) is a synthetic fiber that resembles with wool. It is manufactured from acrylonitrile and a comonomer(propylene) with a minimum 85% of acrylonitrile content. Different manufacturers have different specifications of production and it can be varied according to customer’s need. Acrylic staple fiber can be produced through two different systems: wet spinning and dry spinning. It is originally available in white color, although it can be dyed into different colors according to the demand. Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) is also available in various grades according to varying thickness and other specifications like 1.5D, 2D, 3D and 6D etc. The product is used for production of apparel, household textiles and others. ASF is primarily utilized in woolen clothing like sweaters, cut and sewn products and socks. Thus, the demand for Acrylic Staple Fiber (ASF) is maximum during the winter season. It can also be used to produce non-clothing materials such as carpets, non-woven fabric, blanket etc. The industrial applications include reinforcement materials in construction, filtration materials and car batteries.