The ICIS Fatty Acids report is produced for Asia, Europe and the US. All regions cover a variety of grades and these unbiased price assessments are published weekly by our locally based reporters.
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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 2016
Asia’s fatty acids market faces an uncertain second quarter with higher feedstock costs pushing prices up, despite demand remaining weak. This is especially true for the mid-cut grades, which are already long in the market as the increase in prices has pushed some buyers to the sidelines.
Sharp increases in feedstock PKO prices are pressuring Q2 European contract prices for fatty acids. Negotiations are ongoing for many participants and the magnitude of expected increases remains a contentious point between buyers and sellers. Both palm and tallow-based prices are expected to be affected by the outcome of these negotiations, as the price of tallow-based product can be influenced by palm-based price trends due to a certain level of interchangeability among some buyers.
In the US, tallow-based 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. Feedstock fats and grease markets are expected to continue to recover from lows seen during Q4 2015, resulting in modest a price increase in tallow-based fatty acids throughout the second quarter of 2016.
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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.