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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 Q2 2015
The European fatty acids market outlook is mixed, depending on which feedstock the product is derived from. Tallow-based product prices are expected to soften because of the ample supply of the animal fat feedstock. Palm-based material, on the other hand, is expected to firm as a result of the euro weakening against the dollar.
In Asia, slower economic growth in key market China could pressurise sellers to maintain market shares. Moreover, stiff competition from new capacities looking to grab market share in addition to volatility in the upstream market – palm oil and crude palm kernel oil (CPKO) – is further dragging down market sentiments. Operating rates across the region are expected to be below normal amid weak margins.
In the US, C18 stearic and oleic fatty acid supply is expected to continue to trend to 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 be balanced to long, as producers are operating at high rates.
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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.