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Updated to mid-February 2013
The US is a net importer of fatty alcohols, with three domestic producers and at least five active importers.
Procter & Gamble, BASF, Sasol and Shell produce fatty alcohols in the US.
Procter & Gamble and BASF make the alcohols from natural oils.
Shell and Sasol produce alcohols via different chemical routes toward synthetic output. Shell uses ethylene as feedstock; Sasol uses natural gas in a gas-to-liquids technology.
The market is dominated by large industrial and household detergent surfactant producers, cosmetic and personal care suppliers and a few industrial building material makers.
C12-16 fatty alcohols serve as surfactant and detergent feedstocks; C16-18 fatty alcohols are used in cosmetic and personal care applications.
Pricing is structured in quarterly contracts, with erratic spot market activity developing mainly for the detergent-range alcohols when supply lengthens.
Price volatility in Asian feedstock palm and coconut oil markets can lead to subsequent volatility in the US market.
New production capacity in Asia is fostering a build-up of alcohol inventories, although it remains unclear if all planned production increases will take place.
Lower natural gas prices in the US continue to offer ethylene and gas-to-liquids (GTL) producers some advantage for their margins.
Global vegetable oil price volatility can promote fluctuating natural alcohol supply availability, driving prices up or down depending upon the direction of palm oil prices.
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Fatty Alcohols Methodology
There are two processes in which fatty alcohols are produced – one which is based on natural oils and the other, the synthetic chain, on crude oil.
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