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Little Relief Yet from Acetonitrile Shortage, But Some Action Underway

11:49 AM MDT | March 13, 2009 | Alex Scott

A market shortage of acetonitrile, a solvent, is continuing to cause industry concern. The market conditions are of particular relevance among customers in the pharmaceuticals sector, which accounts for about 70% of consumption. Little improvement in the supply situation is yet in sight, some purchasers say, although relief may be in the cards in the mid term or long term.   Acetonitrile is used in a range of applications including chemical testing. Some chemical companies are concerned that they may be unable to test their substances and so might be...

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