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Fatty acids US Transcript
The North American market that ICIS carries on fatty acids is for tallow-derived fatty acids. We do carry a C16 palmitic acid quote on the report, but that is derived from Southesat Asian prices.
The other ones are all C18s, we have triple-pressed fatty acid, we have rubber-grade fatty acid and C18 oleic acid. The market here moves on a monthly basis, and the report is done on a weekly basis.
We are rolling out a report for tall-oil fatty acids, and in the US these particular products are used in all sorts of applications from surfactants to wood products to industrial uses.
The fatty acids are part of the oleic acid family of chemicals and they are made through a process that provides a fatty acid and a glycerine co-product
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Updated to Q2 2014
Oleochemical producers in the US remain running at high rates and tallow-based fatty acids prices have move up in recent months, as many buyers’ contracts are formula based. Formula-based buyers use the bleachable fancy tallow (BFT) average for the previous month a key component for the calculation. Since February, BFT prices have moved up by almost 13 cents/lb.
At least one tall oil fatty acid (TOFA) price increase of 5 cents/lb for 1 July implementation is on the table while sources in the sector said no increase announcements have been noted from other TOFA producers. A large buyer said it did not expect to see higher prices for at least another month.
The reason behind the increase is because of increased tightness in tallow and other competitive chemistry products and strong demand for TOFAs. In some end-use segments, C18:1 oleic acids can be used instead of TOFA. There is generally a 5-cent difference between TOFA and C18:1 oleic acids, according to a source in the sector. Meanwhile, TOFA supply remains long as producers are said to be running at higher rates to maximise co-product rosin production.
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