Maleic anhydride Prices, markets & analysis
ICIS price reporting for regional Maleic anhydride markets is unparalleled in its ability to keep you on top of the information you need.
Our network of price reporters delivers direct and regular insights into the local markets they work in.
Use ICIS information to:
- Inform your internal data models
- Substantiate your position in negotiations
- Set terms for settlements and contracts
Our editor gives their expert view
Maleic anhydride Europe Transcript
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.
Maleic anhydride news and market information products from ICIS
We offer the following regional Maleic anhydride coverage to keep you informed of factors and developments affecting prices in the Europe Maleic anhydride marketplace.
Price Reporting – More information about the price reports we publish on Maleic anhydride
Independent price assessments and market coverage
Price History – More information about the historical price data we publish on Gas
Track historical price data
News & analysis
News & Analysis - News & market analysis specifically relating to Maleic anhydride
Breaking news of latest developments affecting the markets.
Insight and analysis of factors driving prices.
Updated to Q2 2014
The European maleic anhydride (MA) market has been short to balanced in the second quarter of 2014, with stable demand and largely sufficient supply of the material. However, any production or transportation disruption tightens the spot market and can push prices up.
Additional volumes have been difficult to find. This is partially a result of decreasing imports of US material, mostly due to a number of production issues and turnarounds that took place in the US in the first half of 2014.
Separately, a few European producers have recently been through turnarounds or have experienced production problems.
In May, second-quarter European MA contract prices rolled over and increased from the first quarter, depending on starting point. Prices were assessed at €1,770-1,850/tonne FD NWE.
MA spot prices went up in June as a result of limited volumes. MA shortages were largely attributed to production disruptions at a major central European supplier.
Spot prices for liquid MA were assessed at €1,580-1,650/tonne for liquid and €1,780-1,820/tonne for flake in the week ending 27 June 2014.
ICIS provides pricing information, news and analysis for all major petrochemical and chemical markets, including Maleic anhydride.
We offer unbiased and independent price reporting, with our price assessments being widely quoted as benchmarks in contracts.
Our information is collected from market participants by our global network of reporters, delivering unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets, including China and Asia.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments, giving you a robust reference for your negotiations.
ICIS collects pricing data on a wide range of chemical, energy and fertilizer products, including Maleic anhydride. Our extensive experience in price reporting means we can offer you access to historical data dating back more than 20 years for certain commodities.
Our time series of pricing data enables you to build and model trends, to get a view of where markets might be heading. The data service includes charting functionality, allowing you to chart and download multiple data series for manipulation in your own internal models. You can also export data to Excel via the ICIS dashboard service.
ICIS price assessments are based on information gathered from a wide cross-section of the market, comprising consumers, producers, traders and distributors from more than 250 reporters world-wide. Confirmed deals, verified by both buyer and seller, provide the foundation of our price assessments.
Our in-depth market knowledge drives our specialist focus, as we recognise the importance of individual market dynamics and not a one-size-fits-all approach.
Over 25 years of reporting on key chemicals markets, including Maleic anhydride, has brought global recognition of our methodology as being unbiased, authoritative and rigorous in preserving our editorial integrity. Our global network of reporters in Houston, London, Singapore, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Mumbai, Perth and Moscow ensures unrivalled coverage of established and emerging markets.