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Spot prices for maleic anhydride (MA) briquettes in southeast Asia were largely stable from mid-August to late October, despite a significant increase in feedstock butane prices since June. Prices for the other feedstock, benzene, on the contrary, softened during the same period.
From end-October onwards, stiff price competition among MA producers, coupled with weakening demand from the downstream unsaturated polyester resin (UPR) sector ahead of the year-end lull, started putting downward pressure on prices. MA prices were assessed at $1,650-1,730/tonne CFR (cost & freight) SE (southeast) Asia in early November.
Prices at the high end of the assessed range fell from $1,760 CFR SE Asia in end-October after hovering at this level since mid-September to $1,730 CFR SE Asia in early November, reflecting offers from Japan and Indonesia.
While there was ample Taiwan-origin material available at the low end of the assessed price range in the same period, any downside was limited by firming feedstock butane prices. This is because the four major Taiwanese MA producers in the market use butane as their feedstock. Prices were at $1,650 CFR SE Asia in mid-October, compared with $1,670 CFR SE Asia in early August.
Going forward, market participants said they expect the price range to narrow, with prices at the high end likely to decline to around $1,700 CFR SE Asia, because of ample lower-priced material.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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