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Acrylonitrile Sector Group

The Acrylonitrile Producers Association

Uses and properties

Acrylonitrile is a chemical intermediate used to produce acrylic fibres, ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene), SAN (styrene-acrylonitrile), acrylamide, adiponitrile and NBR (nitrile-butadiene-rubber). Approximately 31% of the global acrylonitrile production is used in production of fibres, 35% in production of ABS and SAN resins, 13% in the production of acrylamide and 14% in the production of adipronitrile and NBR. In 2013 the worldwide Acrylonitrile market totaled about almost 5,500 ktons (source IHS/PCI World Acrylonitrile Report).


Issues and regulations

REACH Implementation
The Acrylonitrile REACH Consortium, founded by the CEFIC Acrylonitrile Manufacturers Members, completed the REACH submission for Acrylonitrile in 2010. Uses as a monomer and intermediate have been supported.
Consortium Manager: TSGE
Lead Company: Ineos Nitriles.

The Sector Group is pro-actively managing regulatory and environmental responsibilities on the industry:
  • Health: SCOEL / Occupational Exposure Limits, Classification issues
  • Environment: CO2 emissions (benchmarks), Industrial Emissions Directive (BREF)
Specific Issues
  • Exchange non-confidential safety information about the production, distribution and handling of acrylonitrile.
  • Promoting the standing of the acrylonitrile industry in a socially responsible manner.
  • Informing consumers and those involved in the handling of the product on its properties and functionality.
  • Encouraging the safe and proper use of acrylonitrile by developing and publishing appropriate technical information.
  • Maintaining a high level of technical understanding by identifying and managing research into health and environmental effects and assessing risks in use.
  • Presenting a positive image of acrylonitrile to the industry, authorities and the public.
  • Developing a common position on major issues of the industry for presentation to regulators, opinion leaders and other concerned bodies.
  • Developing product stewardship programmes following the Responsible Care principles.

Contact/Further information

Paul Teheux, Sector Group Manager
Tel. + 32 2 676 7258


Chairman: Pieter Boon, AnQore BV

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