Cyclohexane Prices, markets & analysis
With a network of price reporters across Asia, Europe and the US, ICIS is fully equipped to keep you updated on everything that happens in the global Cyclohexane market, whether you buy or sell Cyclohexane or related products.
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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 Q1 2015
In the US, market players will be tracking the continuing weakness in benzene for direction on cyclohexane (CX) pricing, which fell in line with the feedstock prices as 2014 drew to a close. Downstream demand from nylon producers remains steady amid what could be accelerating growth in the US economy.
The European CX first-quarter delta contract has settled at €149/tonne, a fall of €10/tonne from the fourth quarter of 2014. A fall had been expected because of persistent upstream price falls and lengthening supply because of the availability of overseas material.
Downstream demand has been limited beyond traditional year-end trading patterns - which see players destock to limit working capital on year-end balance sheets - by uncertainty over the floor level for upstream benzene and crude oil prices.
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.