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 2017
The European cyclohexane (CX) market is at a tighter level at the start of the second quarter. There are ongoing restrictions on availability in the region as well as healthy downstream demand. One supplier said that derivative consumption in Europe is still strong ahead of April, and it expects regional supply to stay limited into the summer period. The supplier added that there was currently no spot availability. The current tightness in the CX market was the key catalyst behind the delta increase for Q2, with the closure of Saudi petrochemical major SABIC’s Wilton, UK facility in January 2017 putting pressure on European availability. There were also various unscheduled production problems towards the end of 2016. Sources have also spoken about delayed shipments of product into Europe, which have curtailed regional supply recently. Demand in Europe has been healthy over March, which sources had anticipated for this time of year. Caprolactam (capro) in particular has proven bullish recently, with the upturn in demand compounded by supply restrictions. Suppliers are therefore likely to push for significant price increases in April, despite the downward momentum seen for feedstock benzene.
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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.