SAN is inherently transparent and offers high heat resistance and good gloss and chemical resistance, helping it see use in applications such as housewares, appliances, and some automotive parts. However, the largest application for SAN is as a component in the manufacture of other ABS materials. SAN can be processed using all standard processes.
Lanxess will transition its SAN production capacity to producing acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) specialties, as per its strategic plan announced last June with regards to its styrenics business. The supplier will concentrate and expand ABS capacity from its site in Tarragona, Spain. The European Styrenics management team and marketing department will also relocate from Leverkusen to Tarragona.