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Fatty Alcohols Overview Transcript
The fatty alcohols are part of a group of chemicals called oleochemicals. The alcohols contain an alcohol unit as well as a glyceride unit and the functionality of those units allows the alcohols to be used in end-uses for industrial and home cleansers, detergents, surfactants.
It also enables the C8-11s to go into various construction uses and the C16-18s to go into personal care and cosmetics.
The market is driven highly by the price of veg oils in Asia, the US imports about 90% of our alcohols, so the US market is very watchful of the Asian veg oil prices.
It’s trade driven and the US, being a huge consuming market, whereas the other markets might have a little more spot selling going on
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Fatty alcohols: Market overview
Updated to Q4 2016
Spot prices of fatty alcohols in Asia are expected to face downward pressure in the final quarter of the year due to sluggish demand and an unfavourable outlook for raw material prices. Although sluggish demand has been partially offset by lower operating rates, especially for C12-14 alcohols, producers continue to experience margin erosion. Suppliers remain pessimistic about any significant pick up in demand, even ahead of the end-year holiday season. In addition, volatility in palm oil prices continues to deter trade discussions.
Balanced to tight conditions are expected for the European fatty alcohol market in Q4. A trend of hesitant buying and producing, attributed to high raw material costs in Q3, is expected to be reflected in tighter market conditions going forward. Ongoing movement in palm kernel oil (PKO) prices is not expected to significantly impact on European fatty alcohol prices until Q1 2017. Players are expected to monitor global fatty alcohol and PKO pricing trends closely ahead of Q1 discussions, which are expected to begin in late November and early December.
US fatty alcohol contract prices were at historic lows until Q3 when prices jumped higher on feedstock palm kernel oil (PK0) costs. Q4 saw increasing upward pressure from the feedstock side for the natural mid-cut alcohols. Synthetic alcohol producers sought higher prices as well, culminating in a double-digit increase for Q4 contracts on the mid-cuts. Heavy chain alcohol contracts moved at a rollover. Q1 contract prices are expected to stabilise following the strong increases seen in Q4. PKO prices will remain a key factor in the outlook for fally alcohol prices.
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Fatty Alcohols Methodology
About Fatty alcohols
Fatty alcohols can be produced from natural oils such as palm kernel oil, vegetable oils, soy bean and tallow using hydrogenation. However, they can be produced synthetically by the oligomerization of ethylene to produce fatty alcohols with chain lengths suitable for surfactants.
The main use of fatty alcohols is in detergents where they are used to make the active cleansing ingredients in laundry detergents, shampoos and shower gels. An example is the production of ethoxylates from the reaction of the acid with ethylene oxide.
In cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, fatty alcohols may be used because of their own specific properties such as cleansing, shaving and vanishing creams, hair lotions and lipsticks.
Other applications include emulsion stabilisers, evaporation control agent, lubricants, corrosion inhibitors and inks.
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