Acrylonitrile Prices Overview

Market Overview

Quarterly Update on Global Acrylonitrile Market
For the Quarter Ending September 2020
Several Asian Acrylonitrile producers faced supply issues amid efforts to improve their product margins which are still not up to a healthier level. Resilient demand from the downstream Acrylic fibers is likely to serve well in the upcoming quarter as the region eyes on strong demand for winter clothing October onwards. Q3FY20 market outlook seemed to improve with replenishing needs. Supply constraints are likely to prevail as major plant turnarounds are expected in the upcoming quarter with Acrylonitrile producers in Taiwan and China planning to shut their production units for maintenance issues.
North America
Acrylonitrile demand in the third quarter saw a substantial QoQ gain, driven by strong ABS demand for the production of household appliances and air-conditioning units, which showed significant demand surge during the pandemic as many stayed at home under quarantine and practicing work from home. Demand from the automotive sector started to rebound towards the end of the quarter depicting a V-shaped recovery after the industry remained largely shut in the previous quarters because of the pandemic. Pricing graph was pushed upwards in August extending gains due to firming Propylene.

Acrylonitrile registered strong gains on quarterly basis with strengthening downstream market while a larger population stayed at home and hot weather in the region bolstered the demand for air-conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances. Supply constraints surfaced as the leading producer INEOS Nitriles announced maintenance turnaround at its larger production line in Germany for 3-4 weeks at the end of the third quarter. Balanced inventory levels have pushed the operating rates to 85% in Europe as producers sense the demand to head towards much needed recovery in the fourth quarter. 

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Market Analysis

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.

Pricing Analysis

Acrylonitrile price is correlated with the price trend of crude oil, demand-supply gap, Propylene and with movement across the downstream derivatives such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) etc.

Company Profile

Basic details and information on financial performance of leading global players in the Acrylonitrile market is presented in a visually captivating manner. Expansion plans and the company’s strategy is also captured to understand the vision and mission of the company to help understand the areas where companies need to focus more.

News & Deals

Daily updates on industry-specific and product-specific news, exclusive primary-based news capturing plant shutdowns/outages/closures, capacity expansions, operating rates, insights on demand-supply situation, awarding of technology licenses, new product launch and deals specifying mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and disinvestments, to help players capitalize on market opportunity.


ChemAnalyst gathers information through primary research surveys conducted with various Acrylonitrile manufacturers, spread across the domestic and international market, suppliers and dealers/distributors to gain insights into value-chains and demand-supply scenario to assess the market situation. Thorough study of company’s annual reports and secondary sources such as exhaustive search on credible paid databases, including our internal database is done to verify the information. All the collected information is analyzed, evaluated and presented in chronological order to depict a meaningful and clear picture of the concerned market.
Our dedicated team of industry experts comprehensively monitors and analyzes various aspects of the Global Acrylonitrile market. The team analyzes various industrial segments, strategic viewpoints and provides an analysis of the industry’s performance in the long run. This would enable our clients in efficiently plan their future investments, mitigate risk, understand the cost dynamics and strike out a balance amidst market volatility.
Critical examination of the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the global supply chains and shift in demand patterns with change in buying behavior of consumers across the globe.
Several ongoing development projects across industries are tracked, followed by the details of major projects in the development stage, which can positively or negatively influence Global Acrylonitrile market.
Pricing is captured through exhaustive primary interviews with domestic and international manufacturers, traders and importers and customers on weekly, monthly and yearly basis.

Finally, region-specific markets for Acrylonitrile are analyzed and region-wise demand pattern is tracked.


Acrylonitrile (abbreviated as ACN) is a colorless organic compound with slightly pungent odor and denoted by the formula CH2CHCN. ACN is mostly manufactured by one-step propylene ammoxidation process, which involves combination of propylene, ammonia, and air in a fluidized bed reactor to produce ACN with acetonitrile and hydrogen cyanide produced as by-products. Acrylonitrile is mainly used as a monomer or comonomer in the production of synthetic fibres, plastics and synthetic rubbers. The largest end-use of ACN is the manufacturing of acrylic and monoacrylic fibres, which are comfortable and soft with warm tactile feeling similar to wool fibres. Hence, they are popularly used in clothing such as sweaters and jumpers, socks and sportswear. Acrylic fibres are also used in home furnishings and beddings such as carpets, upholstery, cushions and blankets. Other major uses include the production of high-engineering plastics such as acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) which are giving strong competition to polymers such as Polystyrene (PS) and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) in sectors such as electronic appliances, packaging, household goods and automotive applications. Acrylonitrile is also used for manufacturing elastomers and latexes such as Nitrile rubbers, Adiponitrile and Acrylamide which are witnessing increased usage across several downstream sectors.