Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
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Updated to Q1 2019
European cyclohexane (CX) supply is expected to decrease on the back of higher demand in Q1. Market conditions were lengthy in late 2018, but are likely to become more balanced after a traditional uptick in demand takes place in January. Rhine water levels will be watched closely over the quarter. Water levels were steady in early January but should they fall, logistics may become constrained again.
European cyclohexane (CX) demand is expected to increase in Q1, with January demand traditionally higher due to re-stocking. The outlook for the polyamide chain is positive for Q1 following improvements in Rhine water levels in late December. Expectations for higher demand led to the CX first quarter delta contract price increasing by €5/tonne.
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The major outlet for cyclohexane is in the production of intermediates such as adipic acid, caprolactam and hexamethylenediamine used in the manufacture of nylon.
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.