Maleic anhydride Prices, markets & analysis
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Maleic anhydride: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2014
Global third-quarter maleic anhydride (MA) prices are expected to hold steady in Europe and Asia as softer demand balances tight supply, while prices could fall in the US.
US MA prices could see a drop at the end of the third quarter on continued low feedstock butane prices.
MA has been strong in the US because of several plant outages in the first half of the year, as well as stronger demand.
Europe maleic anhydride (MA) players are largely optimistic that the market will remain stable in the foreseeable future, with imports from US and Asia not expected to pick up drastically.
Producers are pushing for price increases of up to 10% for Q3 contracts, but buyers strongly disagree. Realistic expectations vary between rollovers and small increases of about 3-4% in the quarterly price.
Asian MA prices are expected to continue to hold steady as supply remains tight but demand is lacklustre.
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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.