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Fatty Acids Overview Transcript
The North American fatty acid report in the US covers fatty acids that are derived from tallow. Fatty acids are part of the oleochemical community of products. Those products are made through various splitting of water and oils, fat being an oil, so when you create the fatty acid you get the acid component of the oil splitting. You also get a glycerine co-product.
The fatty acids go into a variety of products, they are ubiquitous in the market in fact, they go into food products, they go into industrial products, they go into agricultural products.
In the food industry they are used to make foods more palatable. In the industrial industry they go into surfactants, where they are combined with alcohols to create esters and in the agricultural industry they go into the same items.
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Fatty acids: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2014
Fatty acid pricing hinged on upstream market movements of palm oil and palm kernel oil.
Uncertain economics affecting industrial outputs in Asia are likely to persist, impacting consumption levels.
By the end of 2014, at least two new plants in southeast Asia are slated for commercial start-up, adding capacities of around 400,000 tonne/year, which could dampen buying sentiment.
C18 stearic and oleic fatty acid supply is expected to continue to trend towards a balanced market amid healthy sustained demand in most end-use sectors. Tall oil fatty acids (TOFAs) are derived from wood-pulping processes and provide alternative streams for C18s. In the US, TOFA supply is expected to continue to lengthen, as producers are operating at high rates to maximise co-product rosin as the Chinese have not been as active in the rosin markets.
Oleic fatty acids prices are expected to decline from third-quarter levels, while stearic grades are anticipated to remain stable. Palm feedstock costs had led to expectations of significantly lower palm-based fatty acid prices, but recent increases have meant this is now not likely to occur. It is anticipated that tallow grades will remain the more competitively priced option, owing to weaker tallow feedstock costs.
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Fatty Acids Methodology
About Fatty acids
Fatty acids are produced from natural fats and oils such as coconut and palm oil, tallow oil, soya, rapeseed and tall oil. The use of different oils allows the production of acids with differing carbon chain length distribution that can characterise a fatty acid into groups according to the main chain length.
The main use of fatty acids are in the production of soaps, detergents and surfactants used in products such as shampoos, liquid detergents, body lotions and toiletries.
They are used in the manufacture and compounding of natural and synthetic rubbers to obtain the best processing and vulcanisation characteristics. In food they can be used to produce monoglycerides to act as food emulsifiers.