A bigger toolbox for acrylic acid
For more than two years, the price of acrylic acid has risen steeply. Consumers complain, but producers say margins must improve to justify the very investments that would allow output to increase and prices to soften.
Production capacity is only half the problem. There is also the cost of propylene, acrylic acid's main feedstock. It has risen almost as quickly, and there is no sign that it will return to its previous levels soon. The economics of acrylic acid may have changed for good.