The ICIS Fatty Acids report is produced for Asia, Europe and the US. All regions cover a variety of grades and these unbiased price assessments are published weekly by our locally based reporters.
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Fatty acids: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2017
In the US, C18 stearic and oleic fatty acids supply is expected to continue to trend in a finely balanced market amid sustained demand in most end-use sectors. Depending on price, fatty acids producers in southeast Asia are looking to send C18:1 oleic and C18 triple pressed stearic acid to the US during the second quarter. Feedstock fats and the grease market direction are uncertain for the second quarter, as some of the price direction will depend on the biodiesel industry and its production rates.
Asia’s fatty acids market is expected to remain subdued by differing buy-sell opinions, with buyers expecting a further softening of prices as a result of declining palm oil prices, while sellers believe that a recovery in palm oil production may not be as good as expected. However, both sides agree that fatty acid prices are likely come under downward pressure in the coming months.
European fatty acids markets are volatile as a result of volatility in upstream palm kernel oil (PKO) pricing, and this is expected to continue into the second quarter. Market fundamentals are fairly balanced.
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Fatty Acids Methodology
About Fatty acids
Fatty acids are produced from natural fats and oils such as coconut and palm oil, tallow oil, soya, rapeseed and tall oil. The use of different oils allows the production of acids with differing carbon chain length distribution that can characterise a fatty acid into groups according to the main chain length.
The main use of fatty acids are in the production of soaps, detergents and surfactants used in products such as shampoos, liquid detergents, body lotions and toiletries.
They are used in the manufacture and compounding of natural and synthetic rubbers to obtain the best processing and vulcanisation characteristics. In food they can be used to produce monoglycerides to act as food emulsifiers.