Published April 2021
Styrene-acrylonitrile (SAN) resins are optically clear resins applied in a variety of end uses including housewares and consumer goods, various compounded products, packaging, appliances (electrical and electronic), medical applications, and certain automotive applications. In these markets, SAN is used for its rigidity, clarity (although various compounded grades are translucent or opaque), excellent gloss, heat resistance, good processability, load-bearing strength, and resistance to chemicals. Acrylics, polystyrene, polycarbonate, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and clear ABS are among SAN resins’ main competitors. SAN resin production for ABS and weatherable polymers is not covered in this report, nor is captive use of styrene and acrylonitrile for SAN-type polymeric polyols.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of SAN resins:
Northeast Asia is the largest producer and consumer of SAN resins, led by mainland China; other production in Northeast Asia (in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan) is largely for the export market, primarily to mainland China. Mainland China accounted for about half of the global SAN resin consumption and trade in 2020 and it will continue to drive the SAN market during 2020–25.
The major consumers of SAN resins are mainland China, Western Europe, Japan, and the United States. Mainland China uses most of its SAN resin in electrical and electronic applications. Electrical and electronic applications are also the largest market for SAN resins in Western Europe. In the United States, the houseware segment is the largest, while in Japan, most SAN resins are used in compounding applications.
Consumption of SAN resins will register the highest growth in the Indian Subcontinent followed by mainland China and Africa. The United States and Western Europe will grow at a slower rate than the global growth rate, representative of their mature demand.
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