Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
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Updated to Q3 2019
Global cyclohexane (CX) supply increased during Q3 as some Asian plants came out of turnarounds in late Q2. European CX supply remained healthy due to consistent production and the ample availability of imports. All regions had an abundance of material, with demand not strong enough to meet supply.
Weakness in the automotive sector continued to dampen buying appetite for CX derivatives. Ample CX availability in turn lengthened global market dynamics. In Europe, the seasonal summer lull took place with demand notably weaker in August. In Asia, demand was stagnant for seasonal reasons and due to weakness in the derivative markets.
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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.