Adipic acid Prices, markets & analysis
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Adipic Acid Overview Transcript
Adipic acid is used in nylon 6,6 fibres and resins which account for nearly 65% of output.
It is also used to produce polyurethanes as a reactant to form plasticizers, lubricant components and polyester polyols.
Other outlets are as food ingredients for geletines, deserts and other foods that require acidulation.
The US is the largest exporter of adipic acid and Asia-Pacific is the largest net importer. Most adipic acid production is by the liquid-phase, nitric acid oxidation of Kaol.
Adipic acid is white crylstaine, odourless powder.
Europe has the capacity to produce 85,000 tonnes a year of adipic acid, while global output is put at 3.5 milliion tonnes a year. Global growth is around 4.5% per year with Asia being the fastest growing region.
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Adipic acid: Market overview
In Europe, the adipic acid (ADA) market in April enters its high season with increased demand for downstream for nylon fibre and polyurethane. A substantial quantity of the fibre is being consumed by the automotive industry, which can be expected to continue as the European economy gradually returns to health.
Market participants are uncertain of how prices may move in the second quarter (Q2). Some players expect prices to be relatively stable, although producers could attempt to recover the margins lost when they were unable to achieve the pass-through rate from benzene.
Asian ADA prices are expected to be weak in Q2, because of falling benzene prices and slow downstream demand. The traditional peak demand season from March did not take place as expected because of the economic slowdown, which cast a shadow on the ADA market sentiment.
Most end-users are unwilling to build stocks, given the slow offtake, and have generally bought only on a need-to basis. The market’s price trend is expected to depend on feedstock prices and consumption.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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Adipic Acid Methodology
About Adipic acid
Adipic acid is a white, crystalline compound and is primarily used in the production of nylon 6,6. It is also used to produce polyurethanes, as a reactant to form plasticisers, lubricant components and polyester polyols.
Feedstocks include benzene, cyclohexane (CX) and ammonia.
Key end-user products include automotive textiles, shoes and shoe soles. Other outlets are as a food ingredient in gelatines, desserts and other foods that require acidulation.
Exposure to adipic acid irritates the eyes, nose and throat as well as affecting the respiratory system.
Adipic acid decomposes on heating, producing toxic and corrosive fumes of valeric acid and other substances.