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Soap noodles: Market overview
Updated to Q1 2017
Trade discussions for soap noodles in Asia remained subdued due to weak demand. Prices have been mainly supported by raw material costs.
In China, demand is expected to remain weak at least until after the winter season. In India, buying interests have been affected by poor downstream material consumption. Market conditions are expected to remain difficult with market participants less optimistic about any uptick in demand.
Attempts to increase soap noodles prices in line with palm oil prices were met with resistance from buyers. Some buyers commented that they were able to secure competitively-priced cargoes, although the deals could not be verified.
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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.