Fatty alcohols co-product innovation could lower prices – P&G

13 May 2011 03:01  [Source: ICIS news]

WEEHAWKEN, New Jersey (ICIS)--Innovations that will use C12-14 fatty alcohols co-products, such as glycerine and other cuts, will help drive down prices, a senior executive at P&G Chemicals said on Thursday.

“If the industry can innovate to find new uses for co-products, such as glycerine, C8s, C10s, C16s and C18s, we can get the cost [of C12-14 alcohols] down,” said Tom Nelson, director of customer business development at US-based P&G Chemicals.

Nelson spoke at the 1st ICIS World Surfactants Conference at New Jersey in the US.

P&G Chemicals produces glycerine, fatty alcohols and tertiary amines among other products. About half of production is used internally for Procter & Gamble and half sold on the merchant market.

“The spiking cost of raw materials has a huge impact on us. We are trying to raise prices [on the consumer products side],” he said.

The two-day 1st ICIS World Surfactants Conference ends on 13 May.

By: Joseph Chang
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