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Maleic anhydride or MA has two feedstocks n-butane and benzene. In Europe plants are predominantly based on n-butane, but outside of Europe, the main feedstock is benzene.
MA is used in a wide variety of applications, but its major use is in the unsaturated polyester resins market. That accounts for over 50% of all MA usage. UPRs are use in construction, automotive and marine applications.
The key price drivers for MA are supply and demand and feedstock costs.
Maleic anhydride is imported but not in large quantities. Solid imports from Asia are the most common. Liquid imports are rare, because solid temperature controls make shipping logistically difficult. However, some liquid material does enter the European market from America.
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Updated to Q4 2014
The European maleic anhydride (MA) market slowed down in the fourth quarter with year-end approaching and with both producers and buyers being cautious with their stocks amid volatile raw material prices.
The quarterly contract price saw moderate decreases of €20-30/tonne and was assessed at €1,770-1,820/tonne for liquid MA.
Spot prices saw some further downward pressure and a few incremental price drops.
In December a number of European MA producers adjusted operating rates in line with the anticipated drop in demand this month.
There was some talk about competitively priced material coming from Asia, which, according to a source, is now targeting the European market more aggressively than the US.
Early in December, Bosnian producer Koksna confirmed it has lifted the force majeure at its plant in Lukavac. A company source explained Koksna had two stoppages earlier in the year – one in May and one in July, which were followed by the force majeure – but production is now going smoothly.
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