Wax candle makers concerned about shrinking Group I base oils

16 October 2013 22:36  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Candle makers that use paraffin wax as a feedstock ingredient for candles are concerned about potentially shrinking Group I base oils, a large candle maker said on Wednesday.

“Everybody in the candle market is concerned about Group I base oils,” one candle producer said.

“Candle producers must look at alternatives to petroleum-based material,” the source added.

Group I base oils are made by a solvent technology that creates paraffinic waxes as a result of the overall production process.

Group II and III base oils are made by entirely different processing techniques that do not result in wax output.

Group II base oils are now the predominant base oil type in the US, holding over 50% of the production output and increasingly stronger market share positions.

The push for more Group II – and Group III – base oil production is stemming from environmental and regulatory pressures aimed at reducing vehicle carbon emissions and increasing overall fuel economy.

Candle producers are concerned that the growth of Group II and Group III base oil production will eventually encroach upon the Group I base oil producers, edging these either out of the market or towards different technologies that could vastly reduce wax supply.

Wax candle manufacturers are looking towards a long-term wax supply that does not rely upon the petroleum wax-based production that now prevails.

Alternatives can include tallow wax, wax from palm oil or soybean oil and even carnauba wax that comes from the leaves of a particular species of palm tree native to certain Brazilian states.

“Price makes the difference, but supply is a growing driver in what we are looking at for the future,” a source said.

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