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  • Maleic anhydride (cis-butenedioic anhydride, toxilic anhydride, dihydro-2,5-dioxofuran) is an organic compound with the formula C4H2O3. In its pure state it is a colourless or white solid with an acrid odour.
  • Maleic anhydride was traditionally manufactured by the oxidation of benzene or other aromatic compounds.
  • Maleic anhydride is also produced by reaction of butane with oxygen using the vanadium phosphorus oxide heterogeneous catalyst.
  • The international technology has moved towards butane as feed stock, fluidised bed reactor, and anhydrous recovery system.
  • In future, the technology for MA production, is likely to be based on butane, fluid bed reactor and anhydrous recovery system.
  • In general, demand for MA is governed by the economic situation in the country. Thus, in 2001-2006, the average annual MA market
    growth rate was 2.8% in the USA and 3.5% in Western Europe, while in Japan it dropped by 1.4%. Global MA consumption grew by
    6-7% a year to 1.5m mt/y in 2006. Current consumption growth rate slowed down a little.
  • MA market is mature, while the application areas of this chemical are well-formed and stable.
  • Growth in the worldwide maleic anhydride industry is  predominantly in the butane-to-maleic anhydride route, often at the expense  of benzene-based production.
  • In Russia, the demand for MA reaches around 10K mt/y.
  • The present, global production, of MA, is, about, 500,000 TPA and the demand growth rate is, around, 5% per annum.
  • Maleic anhydride’s markets are mature. The largest application sector, unsaturated polyester resins is sensitive to economic conditions and will reflect GDP-type growth.
  • Maleic anhydride’s second largest application sector is lubricating oil additives.
  • MA is a basic chemical used in automotive, shipbuilding, paint and varnish, construction, agricultural chemistry and other industries.
  • Maleic anhydride is used for the production of unsaturated polyesters, 1,4-butanediol, polymeric materials, alkyd and polymeric resins, synthetic fibres, detergents, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives and stabilizers, fumaric and malic acids.
  • It is widely applied in the preparation of certain agricultural chemicals. Polyester resins account for 50% of global MA (63% in the
  • Maleic anhydride's largest use today is in the production of unsaturated polyester resins.
  • Maleic anhydride and maleic acid are important raw materials used in the manufacture of phthalic-type alkyd and unsaturated
    polyester resins, surface coatings, lubricant additives, plasticizers (qv), copolymers (qv), and agricultural chemicals.
  • Other applications where maleic anhydride is used include the production of agricultural chemicals, malic acid, copolymers, fumaric acid, lubricant additives, surfactants and plasticizers.
General Information
  • Maleic Anhydrate Identification
  • Properties
  • Maleic anhydride


  • Golden Monkey Brand Maleic Anhydride
  • Maleic Anhydride
  • SMA LO Resins
  • Reacti-Bind Amine-binding,
    Maleic Anhydride 96-Well Plates
  • Styrene Maleic Anhydride Imide Resin


  • cis-Butenedioic Anhydride
  • Maleic acid anhydride
  • Toxilic Anhydride
  • Marathon Molten Maleic Anhydride
  • Safety data for maleic anhydride
  • Maleic Anhydride  Laboratory Grade


  • Application and Technology of Engineering Polymers
  • Application
  • The Diels - Alder Reaction of Anthracene with Maleic Anhydride
  • The Use of Maleic Anhydride for the Reversible Blocking of Amino Groups in Polypeptide Chains


  • Maleic Anhydride & Butanediol
  • Catalysts for the maleic anhydride process
  • Manufacturing Technology
  • Technology Status
Manufacturing Process
  • Hydrolysis of Maleic Anhydride
  • Production of Maleic Anhydride from Benzene
  • Manufacturing Maleic Anhydride
  • Preparation and Crystallization of Carbon Nanotube/maleic Anhydride-grafted Polypropylene Composites
  • Process Description
  • Production of Maleic Anhydride


  • Maleic Anhydride Production Over Phosphotungstic Catalyst
  • Process for the Production of Maleic Anhydride
  • Maleic Anhydride Production
  • Maleic Anhydride Production using high butane feed Concentration
  • Process and plant for the purification of raw maleic anhydride recovered from gaseous reaction mixtures
  • Yield improvement in the production of maleic anhydride
Company Profiles
  • Company in Ontario
  • Company in Cumbria
  • Company in Netherland
  • Company in USA
  • Company in South Africa
  • Company in Tamil Nadu
Plant Details
  • Huntsman to Build New Maleic Anhydride Plant
  • Neochim to produce biodiesel at BASF site in Feluy
  • New biodiesel factory to produce intermediates for polyester resins
  • Sasol-Huntsman JV to expand Maleic Anhydride capacity expansion in Germany


  • Maleic Anhydride Expansion Project
  • Summary sheet of pre- Feasibility study of Maleic Anhydride
  • Maleic Anhydride Project
  • Production of Maleic Anhydride
  • Energy Balances and Numerical Methods
    Design Project
  • Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Thermodynamics Design Project
  • Production of Maleic Anhydride from Benzene


  • Maleic anhydride Prices and Pricing Information
  • Future Outlook
  • Maleic Anhydride Consumption Will Grow By 2.6% In 2007
  • Maleic Anhydride Fast Growth but Depressed Prices
  • Maleic Anhydride (MA) Production and Manufacturing Process
  • Maleic Anhydride (MA) Uses and Market Data
Equipment Suppliers
  • Air Heater Suppliers
  • Compressor Suppliers
  • Gas Cooler Suppliers
  • Equipment Used in Plant
  • Reactor Suppliers
  • Scrubber Suppliers
  • Steam Drum Suppliers
  • Steam Pot Suppliers
  • Vaporizer Suppliers


  • Maleic Anhydride Suppliers
  • Suppliers of Maleic Anhydride
  • Suppliers from China
  • Company's Directory
  • Manufactures of Maleic Anhydride


  • Buyers List -1
  • Buyers List - 2


  • Consultant in Colorado
  • Experts
  • Consultant in India
  • Consultant in California
Guidelines and Safety Issues
  • Customer Guide
  • Chemical Profile
  • Environmental/Occupational Exposure
  • Hazard Summary
  • Chronic Toxicity Summary


  • Maleic Anhydride Grafting on EPDM: Qualitative and Quantitative Determination
  • Effects of Maleic Anhydride Grafted Polystyrene on the Flexural and Morphological properties of  Polystyrene/ Organo-Montmorillonite
  • Production of Maleic Anhydride from Benzene
  • Manual of Analytical Methods
  • Wood Fiber Reinforcement of Styrene-Maleic Anhydride Copolymers

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