Maleic anhydride Prices, markets & analysis
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Maleic anhydride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2015
The maleic anhydride (MA) market in southeast Asia will likely see weak downstream demand pull prices down in the first half of the third quarter. Prices, however, are expected to rebound in the latter part of the third quarter as unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) producers begin to raise production at their facilities for the year-end festive season.
European MA producers are targeting price increases on their Q3 contracts in an attempt to improve margins. However, slow demand and pressure from cheaper eastern European material could prevent them from meeting their initial targets. The most likely outcome is a rollover to a small increase.
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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.