Maleic anhydride Prices, markets & analysis
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Maleic anhydride: Market overview
The US first-quarter outlook for maleic anhydride (MA) is for steady to slight growth year on year, largely depending on economic factors. Demand should be growing at a similar rate to the US GDP, and could see slightly higher growth, mostly in the unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) market. Supply is expected to remain balanced despite a unit shutdown in January. Pricing is expected to be tied closely to feedstock butane movements, which are expected to climb but have held steady in the past few months.
There is restrained optimism in the European MA market regarding prospects for first quarter 2014, based on stronger macroeconomic indicators and expectations of higher demand for some downstream applications, although this does not include the UPR industry.
Asian MA prices may fall in the latter half of the first quarter, in line with the decline in cost of feedstock butane, after surging by 7% since December 2013. A shorter supply of MA in Taiwan and South Korea since December due to several plant turnarounds would likely provide some support to prices in the near term, although there has been no fundamental improvement in demand seen. Demand is expected to show signs of improvement from mid-February onwards, after the Lunar New Year holidays in early February.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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.