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 Q2 2016
The European second-quarter cyclohexane (CX) delta contract was agreed at an increase of from the first quarter, mainly driven by tighter supply. Both sides of the market said supply and demand dynamics were reasons for the increase in the delta contract. Supply tightened throughout the first quarter, mainly because of an unplanned outage, which has not been confirmed by the producer in question. Supply is now quite tight, with talk that the ongoing production problem could go on for most of April. Imported material in expected to arrive to Europe in April; however this is not expected to fully balance the market, with the imports only helping to fill part of the shortage from the outage. Demand has also factored into the increase, with it remaining at a good level, with the potential to pick up further in the second quarter.
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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.