Aug 2020
Specialty Chemicals and Advanced Materials

Maleic Anhydride (2020 Program)

This report comments on the motivations behind the recent maleic anhydride (MAN) capacity additions and provides a high-level analysis of the business and strategic considerations as well as the technology availability from the perspective of a company entering or expanding into this market. As over 70 percent of the global capacity and all the announced capacity additions are/will be based on the n-butane route, the cost of production via this route for plants located in the United States, Western Europe, the Middle East, and China has been estimated for the first quarter of 2020.  This analysis is underpinned by a review of end-use sector consumption as well as regional market dynamics.