GVR Report cover U.S. Maleic Anhydride Market Size, Share & Trends Report

U.S. Maleic Anhydride Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product Form (Solid, Molten, Brittle), By Application (UPR, Styrene Copolymers, Specialty Products), And Segment Forecasts, 2019 - 2025

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68038-010-1
  • Number of Pages: 64
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Industry Insights

The U.S. maleic anhydride market size was valued at USD 372.7 million in 2018 and is projected to expand at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2019 to 2025. Rising demand for unsaturated polymer resin (UPR)-based composites in the construction industry is expected to drive the U.S. market over the forecast period.

The economic recovery in the U.S. has led to a rise in infrastructural activities in the country. High demand for UPR and additives in building and construction, coupled with technological advancements, has driven the market. In addition, an upturn in the lubricants market in recent times is expected to factor in maleic anhydride demand due to its increasing consumption as a lubricant additive.

U.S. maleic anhydride Market

Industry initiatives in the U.S. are hinting at a positive future for maleic anhydride. For instance, INEOS Enterprises completed its acquisition of the chemical intermediates business of Flint Hills Resources. MFG Chemical is upgrading its plant in Pasadena, Texas, U.S. through debottlenecking and addition of new capacity. Such initiatives are expected to boost the market. However, the bullish sentiment is expected to persist as long as the trade war is not resolved.

The price dynamics of maleic anhydride are controlled by the prices of butane. The downward price trend of butane and slow growth in end-use industries are expected to pose a major challenge to product manufacturers. The trade war with China has pressurized manufacturers, who are now looking at exporting the product to other countries. Industry activities are also indicating stable future prices as the market for maleic anhydride is experiencing a lot of new investments. Expanding natural gas plants can also play a major role in controlling the prices of butane, which can provide well-needed stability to the market.

The growing housing industry in the U.S. is expected to support the growth of UPR-based products as they form an essential component of building products. Improving labor situation, coupled with rising disposable incomes, is expected to boost demand for maleic anhydride in the manufacturing of UPR. The home equity wealth aggregate that represents homeowners in the country has risen by USD 10 trillion in the last 10 years.

The U.S. chemical industry is growing at a steady pace since Q1 2018. Strategic investments in the oil and gas sector have boosted the chemicals industry. Expansion across various industrial sectors has aided the growth of specialty chemicals. Steady growth in demand for lightweight vehicles is expected to boost the demand for specialty chemicals. The specialty chemicals market in the U.S. is expected to grow by 2.2% in 2019 backed by rising demand for oilfield chemicals, electronic chemicals, coatings, adhesives, cosmetic chemicals, and flavors and fragrances. Rising demand from the construction and industrial sectors is expected to play a major role in driving demand for specialty chemicals.

Product Form Insights

Maleic anhydride is mostly used in the solid form in the U.S. These are majorly used in the production of unsaturated polymer resins, which have high demand in major end-use application industries such as housing and automotive. The solid type is the largest product form segment and was valued at USD 286.7 million in 2018.

The molten form is used in the production of specialty products such as 1,4 butanediol (BDO), which is one of the major driving factors of the product form. Ascending demand for spandex fibers, owing to their rising utilization in the production of sports apparels, is anticipated to significantly propel the demand for molten maleic anhydride.

Molten maleic anhydride has mainly used an additive in the production of detergent, lubricants, polymers and plastics. U.S. giant in the production of maleic anhydride, Huntsman Corporation, is one of the major producers of the molten form of the product. Other major producers such as Lanxess AG and Polynt SpA also offer the molten form of maleic anhydride.

Application Insights

Maleic anhydride (MAN) is an organic intermediate used for manufacturing several industrial compounds such as fumaric, malic, and succinic acids. These compounds are widely used in the manufacture of plastics and resins. Some of the plastics manufactured from succinic acid are biodegradable, which further propels its demand in the U.S. maleic anhydride market.

U.S. maleic anhydride Market

Fumaric acid and succinic acid are also used as a food additive and in the manufacture of medicines and alkyd resins. However, fumaric acid produced from maleic anhydride has a lower preference owing to its natural availability in bolete mushrooms, lichen, and Iceland moss.

The consumption of maleic anhydride in the production of agricultural chemicals is comparatively low and is anticipated to grow at a sluggish pace. Agricultural chemicals from maleic anhydride include pesticides, herbicides, and growth regulators. Increasing quality standards and the need for faster production have resulted in the rise in demand for agrochemicals.

U.S. Maleic Anhydride Market Share Insights

The market is characterized by several multinational large-scale and small-scale manufacturers catering to different market segments such as chemical, agrochemical, and industrial manufacturing. The top players have been dominating the market with more than 50% of the total revenue. Huntsman, Lanxess, INEOS (Flint Hills Resources), and BASF are the major manufacturers in the market. Companies have been focusing on application-specific products to cement their positions within the marketplace. For instance, Solid State Chemicals, which was established in 2013, only manufactures solid maleic anhydride.

Companies such as Ashland and BASF have a huge presence in the downstream sector. Ashland majorly uses maleic anhydride for the manufacturing of unsaturated polyester resins. BASF uses maleic anhydride for the manufacturing of a wide variety of specialty chemicals such as 1,4 Butanediol, lubricant oil additives, and agricultural additives.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Volume in Million Pounds, Revenue in USD Million & CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Report coverage        

Revenue forecast, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at country level and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research has segmented the U.S. maleic anhydride market report on the basis of product form and application:

  • Product Form Outlook (Volume, Million Pounds; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Solid

    • Molten

    • Brittle

  • Application Outlook (VolumeMillion Pounds; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)

    • Unsaturated Polymer Resin (UPR)

    • Fumaric, Malic, Maleic & Succinic Acids

    • Specialty Products (1,4 BDO)

    • Lubricant Oil Additives

    • Agricultural Chemicals

    • Styrene Copolymers

    • Others

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