Maleic anhydride Prices, markets & analysis
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Maleic anhydride: Market overview
The European maleic anhydride (MA) market was under considerable pressure in the second quarter on account of poor demand from the downstream unsaturated polyester resins (UPR) sector and an influx of US imports. The weakness in the UPR sector was attributed to unseasonably cool weather and ongoing economic problems in Europe.
The arrival of warmer weather in June boosted activity in the construction sector, which has helped to support demand for UPR during the summer. In addition, a tightening US market has reduced opportunities to export material to Europe.
The Asian MA market has largely balanced supply and demand. MA prices tend to fluctuate with feedstock benzene and butane costs.
In the US, contract prices remained flat for June and July despite a long downward trend in the price of primary feedstock normal butane (n-butane). The flat trend was the result of several producers being in maintenance turnarounds or below full production following outages, creating an unexpected tightness in supply.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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About Maleic anhydride
Maleic anhydride (MA) occurs as colourless or white crystalline flakes with strong acrid (pungent) odour. It is soluble in acetone, ether, petroleum fractions and reacts with water, evolving heat and forming MA. It also dimerises to 1,2,3,4 -cyclobutane tetracarboxylic acid dianhydride in the presence of UV light.
MA is mostly used to make unsaturated polyester resins (UPRs). UPRs are used in a wide range of applications including bathroom fixtures and automobiles.
The second-largest outlet for MA is 1,4 butanediol (BDO) and derivatives tetrahydrofuran (THF) and gamma-butyrolactone (GBL).
MA is available as liquid (molten) or solid (flake): the liquid form dominates and accounts for 90-95% of the market, which is not easily transportable.
MA is produced commercially by the oxidation of benzene or butane. The butane-based process is considered to have superior economics and is the preferred route by most producers. However, a small amount is produced by the benzene route.