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Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) Market Prices, Forecasts, and Analysis

Market Update

June 2024

European Styrene Acrylonitrile (SAN) prices in June decreased amid ongoing poor market conditions as suppliers continue to struggle with poor margins. Despite an initial recovery earlier this year, prices have declined for two consecutive months, and are set to dip even further in July.

The latest spikes in freight costs are certainly reducing import competitiveness and this should slow down volumes from Asia in the coming months. Overall, a significant demand recovery is not anticipated until next year.

Demand has continued to ease in June compared to May, partly to do with the holiday season in Europe, which will last until August. As noted, since prices are expected to fall again, there is also some slowdown in orders.

Moreover, as there is good supply, likelihood of prices falling, and not much demand, buyers are in no hurry to fill stocks. As consumer demand has been negatively affected by the recent economic slowdown and SAN is present in many markets.

For example, construction, consumer goods and many other household goods, including cosmetics and toys, and appliances, have all been affected by the economic slowdowns and the loss of household income in the past couple of years. This is reflected in the data, remaining negative for construction for the fourth consecutive months.

The industrial and consumer goods data shows continued contraction. And automotive sales decreased in May, reflecting a rather prolonged gloomy sentiment from market participants. The overall picture for SAN demand remains negative.


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