Cyclohexane Prices, markets & analysis
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Cyclohexane overview Transcript
Cyclohexane is a chemical that is mostly used really as a feedstock for other chemicals. The feedstocks for cyclohexane, there’s really one, its benzene. Cyclohexane production is mostly based on the catalytic hydrogenation of benzene because of its simplicity and high efficiency.
Nearly all cyclohexane in North America is consumed internally. These products are mostly used to make nylon 6, or nylon 6,6 or even caprolactam.
The key driver in this market, of course is benzene, which is factored in to an industry-based formula which is used by ICIS.
ICIS has a contract price for the US which is updated monthly.
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Cyclohexane: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2015
The European cyclohexane (CX) third-quarter delta contract settled at €141/tonne, a fall of €3/tonne from the second quarter.
The market remains balanced to long, despite force majeure being declared by SABIC at the end of April at its 330,000 tonne/year Teesside facility in the UK.
The length in the market is said by sources to be the reason behind the slight €3/tonne decrease to the contract delta price.
One buyer said the decrease is primarily driven by the bearish cost of energy. It added the market was balanced to slightly long in early June, but is rebalancing.
Another buyer said the reason behind the length in the market is an increase in imports to Europe.
Interestingly, imports in April, according to the most recent data released by Eurostat, fell by 12% in Europe compared with the same month in 2014. Moreover, imports fell by 1,418 tonnes from March to April 2015.
The monthly European CX contract price comprises the sum of the CX quarterly delta contract and the monthly benzene contract price.
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Cyclohexane (CX) is a colourless mobile liquid with a mild etheral odour. It is flammable and immiscible with water.
The major outlet for CX is in the production of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone, which are then used mainly to make intermediates such as adipic acid (used mainly to make nylon 6,6 fibre) and caprolactam (to make nylon 6) respectively.
Cyclohexane is also utilised as a solvent for lacquers and resins; paint and varnish remover; in the extraction of essential oils; in analytical chemistry for molecular weight determination; in the manufacture of cyclohexanol, cyclohexyl chloride, nitrocyclohexane, solid fuel for camp stoves; synthetic rubber solvent; in industrial recrystallisation of steroids and in fungicidal formulations.
Smaller outlets for CX include its use as a solvent, a reaction diluent and in chemical synthesis. It is also a starting material for KA Oil (cyclohexanone-cyclohexanol mixture) and can substitute benzene in some applications.