Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate Price Trend for the Second Half of 2023

Asia

Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate observed a mixed market trend during the second half of the year 2023. The market sentiments were majorly in alliance with the price trajectory of the feedstock coconut oil. The downstream soap and detergent industries had ample stocked inventories to cater to the immediate demands, and thus, the orders dwelled on the lower side for the majority of this duration. The initial months of the said period witnessed dwindling prices for ammonium lauryl sulphate. However, the market situation reversed slightly in the latter half of the last quarter.

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The mounting freight issues caused by the shipping disturbances in the Red Sea led to strained availability of feedstock vegetable oils like coconut oil, causing the suppliers to hold up stocks for better returns. Demands were still humble, so the prices experienced marginal surges in the latter part of the last quarter.

Europe

The European ammonium lauryl sulphate price trend was not much different from its Asian counterpart since most European markets are dependent on cheap Asian imports of vegetable oils. The prices were low in the third quarter but showed occasional increments during the last quarter of the year.

North America

The North American market trend for ammonium lauryl sulphate was not much different from its Asian and European counterparts. The prices showcased marginal oscillations throughout the discussed period, given the lowered demands and freight issues concerning the Red Sea disturbances and drought in the Panama Canal.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate prices are anticipated to fluctuate in the coming months as well. Relying on the vegetable oil prices, the market sentiments are expected to improve going forward.

Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate Price Trend for the First Half of 2023

Asia

Asian Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate market oscillated majorly on the lower end. As the industries opened after the Covid 19 lockdown, some demands were observed but were very limited, whereas production capacities rose, raising the inventory levels considerably. The improved freight systems with reduced prices added to the cost pressure. The major deescalating impact came from freefalling feedstock ammonia and palm oil prices. So, overall lowly riddled price trend for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate were observed.

Europe

The economic crisis in Europe kept trade activities at bay for a long time. Consumer sentiments were greatly altered because of the cost-of-living crisis. These events impacted businesses greatly in general. A little to no offtakes and added cost pressure from decreased feedstock prices and freight prices because of restored supply chains resulted in muted market sentiments. Overall, mixed price sentiments were observed.

North America

North American market behaved no differently than other international markets. Limited demands in the face of reduced production costs caused markets to waver at lower ends. Dull market sentiments were experienced for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate prices as not much activity was observed around the product.

Analyst Insight

According to the Procurement Resource, the Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate market is expected to remain oscillating with similar price patterns. Some big improvement in demand dynamics is required for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate market sentiments to get better.

For the Q2, Q3 and Q4 of 2022

Asia

In China, the market sentiments remained bearish considering the government-mandated covid restrictions. India on the other hand had ample feedstock raw material supplies, especially around Q3-Q4. The Q2 started with high upstream costs for Asia Pacific, but around Q3-Q4 the costs stabilized as the market demand for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate turned bearish causing the prices to plummet. Overall, a seesaw market trend was observed in Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS) prices.

Europe

Q2 and Q3 2022 witnessed a period of rise in price trend for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate in Europe based on the prices of feedstocks ammonia and sulphuric acid. Supply disruptions, curbed Chinese imports, and sustained market demand remained the factors for the rise in upstream costs and price trend, but as Q4 approached the severe economic turmoil and acute energy crisis turned the market bearish. Limited operations and industrial activities limited the market demands, initiating a fall in Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate prices. After a steady run, the Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate market closed on a lower note for Q4 2022.

North America

For the North American Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate market, very mixed price sentiments were observed for the last 3 quarters of 2022. Q2 and Q3 had market demands in place but the global recession and crumbled supply system took their toll. Upstream production costs made sustaining industrial activities very difficult. For Q4, dampened demands became the major detrimental factor. As the freight arrangements normalised and the inventory stocks improved demands almost vanished. After an obsolete net hike in the last two quarters, prices started plummeting for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate.

Analyst insight

According to Procurement Resource, given the current trend the prices of Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate are expected to plummet further as the production costs are on a decline and market demands are not seeming to be picking up pace either.

For the First Quarter of 2022

Asia

The price trend of Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate (ALS) tipped towards the higher end during the first quarter of 2022 due to the rising costs of feedstock sulfuric acid, lauryl alcohol ( obtained from palm oil) and ammonia. Trade bottlenecks, heightened freight charges, and rising operational costs amid the robust demand from the downstream cosmetics and home-care industries caused ALS prices to soar.

With the Indonesian government announcing a ban on the export of feedstock palm oil, global prices soared. The lack of Black Sea sunflower oil in the market owing to the Russia-Ukrainian geopolitical confrontation caused the manufacturers to shift focus to palm and soybean oil. The Indonesian export ban tightened the already-constrained supplies. With palm oil being diverted to food industries, shortages in the home-care market caused the prices of ALS to inflate.

Europe

The European region directly suffered the consequences of Russian-Ukrainian enmity. With the European embargo on Russian oil and retaliatory sanctions against Russia and Belarus, a massive energy crisis was triggered in Europe, with repercussions across each sector.

With the shortage of sunflower and olive oil (low harvest due to climate changes), the pressure was diverted towards palm and soybean oil. The ALS prices suffered a bit due to these higher feedstock prices but remained anchored. However, the price trend of ALS strengthened towards the end of the second quarter due to the removal of the export ban by Indonesian and increased demand from personal and home-care markets.

North America

The price trend for Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate in the US domestic market closely imitated the global outlook. The prices remained strong throughout the first half of the said quarter owing to the trade restrictions, raised operations costs and healthy downstream demand.

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About

Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate or ALS is a common fat-based molecule. It consists of a cationic polar sulphate group and an anionic non-polar hydrocarbon chain. The presence of these groups confers surfactant properties to this compound. Surfactant is commonly used in detergents, emulsifiers, and foaming agents. Lauryl sulphates are very high-foam surfactants that disrupt the surface tension of water by forming micelles at the interface, hence cleansing the fat/oil globules. It is often found in hygiene products like cleansers, shampoos, and soaps and is popular due to its wide variety of uses and relatively cheap cost.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate
HS CODE 29209099
CAS Number 2235-54-3
Industrial Uses Exfoliant, Shampoos/Soaps, Cleaners, Detergents, Foaming Agents, Cosmetics, Pharmaceuticals
Chemical Formula C12H29NO4S
Synonyms Ammonium dodecyl sulphate, Azanium dodecyl sulphate, ALS
Molecular Weight 283.43 g/mol
Supplier Database Galaxy Surfactants Limited, BASF SE, Vinamax Organics Pvt. Ltd., CAMEO Chemicals, Taiwan NJC Corporation, The Reliance Group
Region/Countries Covered Asia Pacific: China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Iran, Thailand, South Korea, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Nepal, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, UAE, Israel, Hongkong, Singapore, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, Australia, and New Zealand

Europe: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy,  Spain, Russia, Turkey, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Ireland Switzerland, Norway, Denmark, Romania, Finland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Greece

North America: United States and Canada

Latin America: Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru

Africa: South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco
Currency US$ (Data can also be provided in local currency)
Supplier Database Availability Yes
Customization Scope The report can be customized as per the requirements of  the customer
Post-Sale Analyst Support 360-degree analyst support after report delivery


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Production Process

  • Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate Production via Sulphonation Process; Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate Production from Coconut Oil

Via Sulphonation Process: A sulfonating agent is added to lauryl alcohol during the first step. The sulphate is neutralized with ammonium hydroxide to form liquid ammonium dodecyl sulphate. Then concentration and drying are carried out to obtain a solid compound. The solid is subjected to crushing and molding to get the final desired product.

Methodology

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