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Maleic Anhydride – MA

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Other Trading Names:

  • Furan-2,5-dione
  • Cis-Butanedioic Anhydride
  • 2,5-Furanedione
  • Maleic Acid Anhydride
  • Toxilic Anhydride

Types of Packaging

  • PP bag with 25 kg weight capacity per bag.
  • PP bag with 500 kg weight capacity per bag.
  • Kraft bag with 25 kg weight capacity per bag.
  • Kraft bag with 500 kg weight capacity per bag.

Maleic Anhydride – MA is an organic compound. It is a very important chemical compound which is made by the vapour phase oxidation of n-butane. Its chemical formula is C4H2O3.

Chemical Appearance

Maleic Anhydride – MA has the appearance of a white crystalline or needle like solid. It has an irritating, choking odour. It is reactive in water.

Chemical Applications and Strengths

Maleic Anhydride – MA or Furan-2,5-dione is an extremely useful chemical compound and therefore, has many industrial applications. Its main applications and strengths are:

  • Maleic Anhydride is most commonly used in the process of production of unsaturated polyester resins UPR.
  • UPR along with chopped glass fibres are consumed for the production of fibreglass reinforced plastics that are then used for making products such as pleasure boats, bathroom fixtures, automobiles, tanks, and pipes.
  • Hydrogenated Maleic Anhydride, 1,4-Butanediol is utilised in the production of thermoplastic polyurethanes.
  • It is employed in the making of elastane or spandex fibres.
  • It is applicable in the efficient production of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) resins and several other products.
  • Maleic Anhydride is very useful in the manufacturing of insecticides.
  • It is an excellent compound for the production of surfactants such as the common sodium sulfosuccinate esters.
  • Alkenyl succinic anhydrides, which are produced from maleic anhydride, are most popularly used in paper making.


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