Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
Price assessments focus on ex-works NWE and FOB USG and the news and analysis gives a market overview, upstream and downstream developments, supported by graphs, and any other factors driving prices in the global market. The independent pricing information will help you make business decisions with confidence.
Updated to Q1 2021
Supply was sufficient at the start of Q1, mainly due to timely imports. In the following months, supply tightened due to lower imports from the US following plant closures and, to a lesser extent, maintenances that took place in March. Operating rates increased from around 80-85% to close to full capacity later in Q1.
Q1 demand was better compared with Q4 2020. Packaging and housing did well due to lockdowns as online shopping platforms were a supportive conduit for final users. On the flip side, automotive and textiles saw a downward trend, with the former further impacted by a shortage of semi-conductors and the introduction of a new EU tax on CO2 emissions in January.
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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.