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
The European cyclohexane (CX) second-quarter delta was fully agreed at €159/tonne, a rise of €3/tonne from the first quarter. The increase was attributed to tight supply for prompt material, resulting from rumours of production problems at a European producer.
A company source at SABIC confirmed that the company has withdrawn from the European CX quarterly delta discussions process, though no reason was given.
The monthly CX contract price in Europe is comprised of the sum of the CX quarterly delta contract and the monthly benzene contract price.
Overall for the first quarter, the US cyclohexane market continued to follow price direction from the US benzene market. US benzene has not performed as most trade participants had expected. A large majority of US aromatics trade participants had predicted the benzene market would be long for much of 2014.
CX spot prices began this year at yearly highs, on the back of record high benzene prices which were brought on by short-cover positions. Benzene spot prices had been on a gradual increase since early November 2013 on the back of some short-lived production issues, tighter supply and short-cover positions. CX prices followed and after the peak in January, prices gradually came down in February and March as benzene imports from Asian eased supply concerns.
Updated to mid-April 2014
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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.