Our Global Cyclohexane report is published weekly and covers contract markets in Europe and the US.
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Updated to Q3 2020
The beginning of Q3 started with ample supply. It became balanced due to a reduction in production, lower levels of inventories and fewer imports into Europe. Towards the end of the quarter, supply was between balanced and ample. Operating rates were quite varied, with levels for some producers at 50-70%.
Demand mainly rose due to improved performance in the end-user automotive market and economic progress. A rise in consumption was also due to a fill-up of inventories. The textiles industry improved in anticipation of the traditional pick-up before winter. Food packaging applications fared well. Activity in the spot market was very quiet as there was no interest in additional volumes due to weak market conditions.
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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.