Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
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Updated to Q4 2019
Global cyclohexane (CX) supply remained lengthy throughout the fourth quarter. Continued low demand alongside consistent production led to oversupply during 2019, and the year ended at the same level. Saudi Chevron Phillips conducted a planned maintenance at Al Jubail in December, but this had little impact.
Low demand from the automotive sector continued to dampen CX buyers’ appetites. Global oversupply also added to lengthy market conditions. Activity slowed further in the fourth quarter as destocking took place. There was limited buying interest in December.
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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.