Soap noodles Prices, markets & analysis
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Soap Noodles Overview Transcript
Soap noodles are produced from the saponificatoin of oil, the neutralisation of fatty acids. In Asia the saponification of fatty methyl esters is important, especially in Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, India and China.
The common feedstocks used are palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil. A typical blend would be an 80:20 standard, comprising 80% palm oil and 20% palm kernel oil or coconut oil. While there are other blends available in the market 80:20 is generally recognised by the industry as being the optimum grade. It has a good balance of lather, rate of wear, cleaning ability and hardness.
In Asia prices are usually driven by movements in the feedstock sectors.
The market is very active during the traditional peak summer months but enters a lull in the winter. Spot deals are usually for smaller packages, under 1000 metric tonnes, whereas larger deals are usually concluded on a quarterly contact basis.
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Soap noodles: Market overview
Prices of standard blend soap noodles have been highly correlated with trends in the prices of key feedstocks crude palm oil (CPO) and crude palm kernel oil (CPKO), as feedstock accounts for a large percentage of soap noodles’ production costs.
After an unexpected surge in prices in the last quarter of 2013, feedstock prices have been softening. This has led to a downtrend in soap noodle prices in early 2014. There are some expectations that the downtrend will continue to adjust for the steep increase in 2013.
As soap manufacturing facilities ramp up production after winter in key demand markets in Africa and the Middle East, better demand is expected as well. However, there are limited expansion activities from key producers of soap noodles in southeast Asia, hence supply there is expected to remain stable in 2014.
Updated to mid-Jan 2014
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Soap Noodle Methodology
About Soap noodles
Soap noodles are the sodium salt of fatty acids from oils or fats of both animal and vegetable origin. Soap noodles are used as the main ingredient in the production of soap bars.
A typical blend would be the 80/20 standard comprising of 80% palm oil and 20% palm kernel oil or coconut oil. While there are other blends available in the market such as 70:30, 60:40 and 90:10.
In southeast Asia, soap noodles are mainly made from palm oil blended with either coconut oil or palm kernel oil.
In China, soap noodles are made from animal fats (tallow), palm oil or a blend of both.
In India, soap noodles are made from palm fatty acid distillate and palm stearin.