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Maleic anhydride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2016
Europe: European maleic anhydride (MA) Q3 pricing discussions are underway, with varying targets from different participants. A few sources on different ends of the market indicated expectations for little to no change on their pricing accounts. Some producers are targeting price hikes on the back of higher feedstock costs. However, demand is expected to slow down with the approaching summer lull, which is likely to make buyers resist any substantial increases.
Asia: The third quarter may see a gradual downtrend in the southeast Asian spot market as supply from China is expected to lengthen because of falling domestic prices. Butane, a key feedstock of MA, is expected to trend lower in the summer months, giving MA some downward pressure as well. Demand in southeast Asia is expected to be largely stable.
US: US MA contracts are expected to hold steady in most of the third quarter, given the increased length year on year and lower-than-expected demand growth. MA prices are strongly tied to feedstock butane, which sources say is still low enough to create generous margins for MA producers. However, should prices increase another 10 cents/gal in the third quarter, there could be some support for a slight increase on US MA prices.
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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.