Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
Price assessments focus on ex-works NWE and FOB USG and the news and analysis gives a market overview, upstream and downstream developments, supported by graphs, and any other factors driving prices in the global market. The independent pricing information will help you make business decisions with confidence.
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 Q4 2016
Europe: The European cyclohexane (CX) contract delta for Q4 settled at a decrease on the back of an abundance in supply. Import volumes have increased significantly throughout the year, turning the European balance long once again. The high level of activity is linked to players preparing for a significant change in the European landscape. At the beginning of next year, SABIC will close its Wilton, UK facility and exit the market. At this stage, fears over future supply are limited, with European production combined with imports expected to make up for any loss in production. The increase in imported material is largely expected to come from the US. Demand for the rest of the quarter is expected to remain stable until mid-December when the holiday period begins.
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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.