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TRINSEO LIFTS FORCE MAJEURE ON SAN

June 3, 2021

Trinseo lifts force majeure (FM) on styrene acrylonitrile (SAN) which had been in place since early February.

The company had heavily reduced production of SAN because of the severe shortage of acrylonitrile (ACN).

The shortage of ACN in Europe stemmed mainly from production issues sustained by INEOS Nitriles in December. This caused INEOS to declare FM on ACN.

Market participants in the past few months noted that other producers of ACN had also limited availability.

But in the past few weeks, the supply situation on ACN seems to be improving.

For example, one buyer said recently that INEOS Nitriles is now able to deliver all required quantities of ACN.

SAN, a copolymer plastic, finds its uses in may household products, such as appliances and housewares.

Trinseo is manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber.

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