Fatty acids Prices, markets & analysis
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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
US tallow fatty acids market is expected to be balanced in 2014 because of lesser feedstock competition from biodiesel sectors.
Currently around 1bn lb of ethanol is used in biodiesel productions and is expected to increase to 3bn lb in future.
Lower biodiesel production rates, paired with alternative feedstock options — distiller’s dried grains (DDG) corn oil — for multi-feedstock biodiesel productions, will relieve supply pressure for tallow-based fatty acids productions.
Typically, tallow-based productions use bleachable fancy tallow (BFT) as feedstock for the productions of stearic acids.
In Europe, Q1 contracts negotiations are under way, with expectations of a rollover to a minimal increase in both palm and tallow-based fatty acids.
Supply and demand is balanced but fluctuating vegetable oil prices and new import duty on exports from Malaysia to Europe might lead to higher prices.
In Asia, volatility in feedstock crude palm kernel oil (PKO) and palm oils prices would lead to fluctuating fatty acids supply that would in turn drive prices up or down.
Lacklustre demand from key market in China for lauric acids and triple pressed stearic acids prevented higher export prices despite higher feedstock costs.
Meanwhile, weaker-than-expected demand for mid-cut fatty acids might affect the supply chain for other fatty acids fractions.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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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.