Current Prices, Historical Series and Forecasts in Several Countries
Introduction. Intratec provides Acrylonitrile prices in several countries, as follows:
About Acrylonitrile. Acrylonitrile (a.k.a. 2-Propenenitrile, Prop-2-enenitrile, Vinyl Cyanide) is an organic compound, consisting of a vinyl group linked to a nitrile, with worldwide production of more than 10 billion pounds per year. It is a colorless, volatile liquid with onion-like odor. It is a very reactive compound, due to its high polar nature (arising from the presence of the nitrogen heteroatom) and unsaturation. In the absence of a hydroquinone inhibitor, it polymerizes spontaneously when exposed to light, heat or in the presence of a strong alkali.
Chemical Formula. C3H3N
Commercial Grades. Analytical standard (min 98% purity); technical grade (min 99% purity); inhibited (min 99% purity ; 35-45 ppm monomethyl ether hydroquinone (inhibitor))
Uses. As a highly reactive chemical, acrylonitrile serves as an intermediate to produce a range chemicals, including antioxidants, pharmaceuticals and especially polymers. It is used in the synthesis of acrylic fibers (through simple polymerization), or is copolymerized with styrene, or butadiene and styrene, to yield styrene-acrylonitrile or acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, respectively. Both thermoplastics have very interesting properties, such as resistance to light and heat, as well as strength. Aside thermoplastics, acrylonitrile is also employed in the manufacture of elastomers, surface coatings, paints and adhesives. It is also a chemical intermediate used in the production of acrylic acid, nylon intermediate adiponitrile, and acrylamide, which is an intermediate in the production of relevant acrylic esters, such methyl acrylate.
- Propylene + ammonia (ammoxidation)
- Propane + ammonia (ammoxidation)
To know more about Acrylonitrile production processes, click here.
Derivatives. Acrylonitrile is used as raw material in the production of the following derivates: acrylic acid; acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene copolymers; polyacrylonitrile; acrylamide; styrene-acrylonitrile copolymers
Methodology. The chemicals pricing data presented are, if not otherwise indicated, volume-weighted average transaction prices including contract and spot transactions in the locations specified. The information provided is obtained from gathering and refining of trade data officially reported for the respective countries (i.e., governmental agencies, institutions related to foreign trade and industry publications). For further details check our Chemicals Pricing Data Methodology.
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