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Global Average Hydrogen Cyanide Capacity Utilization Rate Is About 88.61% In 2017
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Hydrogen cyanide is a colorless, extremely poisonous liquid. 90% of hydrogen cyanide is used as chemical intermediates. It is mainly used to produce acetone cyanohydrin, adiponitrile, sodium cyanide, DL-methionine, cyanuric chloride and others. There are many technologies. The most popular technology is andrussow process. There are also companies using acrylonitrile method.

Hydrogen cyanide manufacturers concentrated in USA, Europe, China and Japan. USA hydrogen cyanide production accounted for 37.63% of the global production in 2017, followed by Europe with 33.14% market share. China takes about 13.47% of global hydrogen cyanide production in 2017. 

Most hydrogen cyanide manufacturers also produce the downstream products such as adiponitrile, DL-methionine or sodium cyanide. The hydrogen cyanide was usually produced on-site and transported to the downstream production line by pipeline. The global average hydrogen cyanide capacity utilization rate is about 88.61% in 2017.

During the past five years, global production of hydrogen cyanide had improved from 1679.2 K MT in 2013 to 1905.1 K MT in 2017. The average growth rate is about 3.21% from 2013 to 2017. Meanwhile, China hydrogen cyanide production rose from 175.8 K MT in 2013 to 256.6 K MT in 2017. Downstream demand was relatively stable.

In the coming few years, global capacity of hydrogen cyanide may increase to 2382 K MT in 2024 while the production is about 2153.7 K MT.