Andreas Woschek

Andreas Woschek

Executive Vice President Chemicals

Maleic Anhydride

Maleic anhydride (MA) is mainly used in the production of unsaturated polyester resins (UPR). It requires expert handling.

Description

Maleic anhydride (MA) is a clear liquid with a very unpleasant odor. The chemical intermediate product consists of the raw material benzene or n-butane. The downstream products are fumaric acid, malic acid and succinic acid, as well as butandiol. These are manufactured in an integrated production process. Maleic anhydride exists in both liquid and solid form (pastilles, briquettes or flakes). 90% of the European demand is served with liquid product. Due to its chemical structure, maleic anhydride is a highly reactive product. It is hygroscopic and changes under extreme heat. The melting point is 53°C. The handling of maleic anhydride requires expert skills. HELM AG has years of experience in the logistics of handling this product and specially trained staff. Moreover, HELM only works with professional service providers with the requisite skills.

HELM AG has a large global supplier portfolio which is offering added value to the consumers as this reduces the dependence on local or individual producers. 

Examples of applications

A typical field of application with a share of around 50% is in unsaturated polyester resins (UPR). Maleic anhydride is also used in the production of solvents, adhesives, lubricants, cleaning agents, surface treatment additives and dyes.

Packaging

  • Bulk in road tank cars
  • Bulk in iso tank containers
  • 25kg bags

Characteristics

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