Maleic anhydride Prices, markets & analysis
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Maleic anhydride: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2015
In Asia, maleic anhydride (MA) is expected to continue its downtrend, which started in the third quarter, right through the fourth. The start of the quarter will see at least two producers in Asia (outside China) carry out their respective maintenance, but it is expected to have minimum impact on the spot market as downstream demand is expected to remain weak.
US fourth-quarter maleic anhydride (MA) prices are expected to hold steady through the end of 2015 on continued low feedstock butane costs. However, tight supply for most of 2015, coupled with steady demand, could lead prices slightly higher if butane costs climb significantly.
In Europe, the MA price is expected to fall in Q4 – a result of a lengthy market, aggressive offers from Asian and eastern European suppliers, as well as downward movement in upstream markets in the last quarter. Pricing negotiations are likely to take until the end of October as there is a gap between producers’ and buyers’ targets.
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Maleic Anhydride Methodology
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.