The Soap Noodles price report is published by ICIS in Asia. The 80/20 blend price assessments cover southeast Asia, China and India. Our locally-based reporters provide independent market intelligence that provides the reader with news on market overviews, regional activity, feedstock movements and any other key factors influencing the market at the time. Use this essential tool to help support vital commercial choices.
Updated to Q2 2017
The standard blend 80/20 soap noodles market in Asia will see another challenging quarter with most market participants not expecting any significant pick-up in demand.
With the cold season over, demand in China was expected to increase somewhat, but downstream product consumption has remained slow so far. In India, the consumer market remained affected by the country’s demonetisation policy in late 2016.
Trade discussions continued to be plagued by persistent talks of the availability of competitively-priced cargoes, and the bearish buying sentiment meant that soap noodles prices are expected to largely track raw material prices.
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Soap noodles are the sodium salt of fatty acids from oils or fats of both animal and vegetable origin.
Soap noodles are the sodium salt of fatty acids from oils or fats of both animal and vegetable origin. Soap noodles are used as the main ingredient in the production of soap bars.
A typical blend would be the 80/20 standard comprising of 80% palm oil and 20% palm kernel oil or coconut oil. While there are other blends available in the market such as 70:30, 60:40 and 90:10.
In southeast Asia, soap noodles are mainly made from palm oil blended with either coconut oil or palm kernel oil.
In China, soap noodles are made from animal fats (tallow), palm oil or a blend of both.
In India, soap noodles are made from palm fatty acid distillate and palm stearin.