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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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Globally, the fatty acid market is mixed, with Europe and the US remaining significant net importers of vegetable-derived fatty acids from Asia, while also maintaining tallow-based fatty acid production streams.
Asian fatty acid production continues to be derived from vegetable, with C16 palmitic, C8s, C10s, C14, and any blends of these forming considerable portions of the materials imported by the US and Europe.
Tallow-based fatty acids in the US and Europe originate from traditional oleochemical production processes, where fats are split to create fatty acids with a glycerol co-product. In Asia, all fatty acid production is via the oleo route, using only vegetable oils.
C18 stearic fatty acid supply is considered to be long, while oleic fatty acids in the US are in tight supply because of increased industrial demand. The increasing demand continues to stem from rising oilfield production needs.
Tall oil fatty acids (TOFAs) are derived from wood-pulping processes and provide alternative streams for liquid-at-room temperature C18s.
Globally, TOFA supply is also tight, as China is less interested in exporting its soft woods for pulping.
In the US, standard fatty acid feedstock bleachable fancy tallow (BFT) is the feedstock for tallow-based fatty acids. Meanwhile, globally, soybean oil and/or palm kernel oil form the primary feedstocks for vegetable-based fatty acids.
Updated to mid-February 2013
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