Speculation is increasing on how Huntsman's new maleic anhydride plant in Geismar, La., will affect the already overloaded market as the single-reactor plant prepares to begin production of as much as 43,359 metric tons per year in the last week of June. Some say the plant will boost butane values in the U.S., neutralizing any upward pressure on MA prices, but others expect the added capacity to result in depressed prices and for other producers to see a loss in market share, according to this article.

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