Global Shortage of Acetonitrile
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The worldwide shortage of Acetonitrile (ACN) solvent is primarily related to the global economic downturn. Acetonitrile is a by-product from the plastics industry that is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for laboratory use and in API Processes. Raw Acetonitrile is obtained as a by-product in the production of Acrylonitrile, a plastic used in automobile components and other products such as carpets and luggage. As a consequence of the collapse in demand in the automotive industry and the associated overall reduction of demand for Acrylonitrile, there has been a significant reduction in the supply of Acetonitrile.
In the short to medium term this supply constraint will continue with an extreme shortage being anticipated for much of 2009. This is resulting in sharp price increases, in some cases 6-8 times that of the 2008 price for Acetonitrile. The price increase is expected to remain for quite some time.
ProsCon has extensive experience in Acetonitrile separation and has a long track record in supplying Solvent Recovery Systems to the Life Sciences market globally. If a customer can provide us with the purity of ACN required and details on the spent or waste stream we can supply a system to meet those needs.
Customers recovering spent ACN can achieve the following benefits:
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