Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
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Cyclohexane: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2018
With demand expected to drop in the downstream caprolactam (capro) and nylon 6 markets in the latter half of Q2, CX demand is also likely to soften. In addition, production issues at a minor CX producer could lead to a tightening in supply in the US in early Q2, and less volumes to export to Europe. This could potentially tighten supply as Europe imports a sizeable portion of the CX it consumes.
Demand in Europe is expected to dip slightly in Q2 as downstream markets tend to soften over the May-June period. However, very little softening occurred last year and if downstream demand remains healthy, CX demand can be expected to also remain just as strong.
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Cyclohexane (CX) is a colourless mobile liquid with a mild etheral odour. It is flammable and immiscible with water.
The major outlet for CX is in the production of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone, which are then used mainly to make intermediates such as adipic acid (used mainly to make nylon 6,6 fibre) and caprolactam (to make nylon 6) respectively.
Cyclohexane is also utilised as a solvent for lacquers and resins; paint and varnish remover; in the extraction of essential oils; in analytical chemistry for molecular weight determination; in the manufacture of cyclohexanol, cyclohexyl chloride, nitrocyclohexane, solid fuel for camp stoves; synthetic rubber solvent; in industrial recrystallisation of steroids and in fungicidal formulations.
Smaller outlets for CX include its use as a solvent, a reaction diluent and in chemical synthesis. It is also a starting material for KA Oil (cyclohexanone-cyclohexanol mixture) and can substitute benzene in some applications.