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Cuts in Acrylonitrile Output Cause a Shortage of By-product Acetonitrile

7:47 AM MDT | March 23, 2009

An acute shortage of acetonitrile, a solvent, is causing concern in the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector, which accounts for an estimated 70% of acetonitrile consumption. Acetonitrile is used in a range of other applications including chemical testing. Spot acetonitrile prices have soared in the past year to $100/liter, from about $6/liter, reports say. The shortage has been caused by falling production of acrylonitrile, sources say. Acetonitrile is a by-product of acrylo, with acrylo production typically generating 1%-3% acetonitrile. The economic recession...

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