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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 Q1 2015
Asian fatty acids market prices in Q1 will continue to hinge on the upstream palm oil market, which tends to fluctuate amid weather disturbances in southeast Asia-producing countries. However, two new plants in southeast Asia, with estimated total nameplate capacities of 400,000 tonnes/year, might result in a competitive landscape as producers try to maintain or penetrate market share. Poor crude oil performance might affect fatty acids substitutes for petrochemical derivatives or usage in related markets.
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), which are derived from wood-pulping processes and provide alternative streams for C18s, are expected to continue balanced to long, as producers are operating at high rates.
The strengthening dollar has been seen to be lifting European oleic fatty acid prices, however this could not be confirmed with other market sources as many remain inactive due to extended new year’s holidays.
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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.