Lucite: Cessation of Acrylonitrile Production in Beaumont

29 Sep 2010 • by Natalie Aster

Lucite International (Southampton / UK; www.lucite.com) will close its acrylonitrile (ACN) production plant in Beaumont, Texas / USA by year’s end. Regional press reports indicate that the closure will make redundant 75 of the site’s 100 employees. Lucite blamed the prevailing market reality for the closure of the line with estimated capacity of 140,000 t/y, which it acquired from DuPont in 2005.

One of the site’s significant by-products is hydrocyanic acid (HCN), used in the production of methacrylates. With Mitsubishi Rayon’s takeover of Lucite this spring a new world power in methacrylates and other by-products like PMMA was born.

Source: Plastics Information Europe

 

More reports available on the product:

Acrylonitrile (ACN): 2009 World Market Outlook And Forecast

Cyanic acid (CAS 25722-66-1) Market Research Report 2009

Polymethyl Methacrylate (Organic Glass) Market Research

Trends and Prospects in International Trade in Methacrylic Acid and Its Salts

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