Fatty Acid - C12 Price Trend

Fatty Acid C12 Prices (Q4 2021)


The Asian fatty acid market has showed bullishness as a result of good palm oil feedstock performance in the world market, owing to low palm oil output in Indonesia and Malaysia. Due to logistical constraints and inflationary pressure on fatty acid costs, trading offers in India remained firm. Poor feedstock supply and production constraints caused by China's Dual Control Policy prompted manufacturing units including Jiangsu Shengtai (80 KTPA capacity) and Deyuan Gaoke (100 KTPA capacity) to temporarily shut down. Several production facilities ran out of mid-cut fatty alcohols for much of the quarter, raising the country's import demand. Demand from the detergent and personal care industries revealed issues, despite downstream buyers submitting acceptable requests for the product amid market confidence. Fatty acid prices in India were hovering around 1,130 USD/MT. Prices in China settled at 3440 USD/MT on a FOB basis in December, ex-Ahmedabad.


The European fatty acid market remained positive in Q4-2021, despite surprisingly high input costs. Input costs continued to rise as a result of a global lack of palm oil feedstock, delivery delays, and astronomically high energy prices. Port container constraints and movement limitations imposed as a result of the escalating number of Omicron cases in the region further impeded spot trade activities. Germany, which was one of the most hit by the recurrence of Covid instances, saw a considerable increase in soap and detergent use, resulting in an increase in downstream industry inquiries for Fatty Acid and boosting manufacturers' confidence in delivering steady contract rates. Increased market restrictions afflicted the downstream sectors' Fatty Acid supply dynamics towards the end of the quarter, resulting in prices hitting their highest levels of the year in December, ending at 4080 USD/MT FOB. The demand for personal care products also contributed to escalating cost trends.

North America

Fatty acid prices hit an all-time high in October, boosted by increased palm oil feedstock prices on the international market and limited supply due to Asian country vessel delays. Manufacturers' misery was heightened in the initial weeks of the quarter by a shortage of trucks for delivering consignments to downstream industries, in addition to high input costs. Demand fundamentals in the downstream personal care and detergents categories, on the other hand, were predicted to outstrip supply. However, a minor decline in palm oil prices in the closing months of the year, owing to improved port movements and cheaper freight rates, limited fatty acid pricing in the North American region. Bearishness rose in the closing days of December, as prices fell to 1760 USD/MT DEL, owing to little downstream activity during the Christmas and New Year vacations, which resulted in a decline in demand.

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Procurement Resource provides prices of Fatty Acid- C12 for several regions around the globe, which are as follows:

  • North America
  • South America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • Africa

About Fatty Acid- C12:

Fatty Acid- C12 is a well-known saturated medium-chain fatty acid with a backbone formed of 12-carbons. Fatty Acid- C12 is found naturally in numerous plant and animal fats and oils and is a major component of coconut oil as well as palm kernel oil.

Chemical Formula of Fatty Acid- C12:

  • C12H24O2


  • Dodecanoic acid
  • n-Dodecanoic acid
  • 143-07-7
  • Dodecylic acid
  • Dodecoic acid
  • Lauric acid

Molecular Weight:

  • 200.32 g/mol

Industrial Uses:

  • Soap, detergents and surfactants.
  • Dyes
  • Intermediates
  • Rubber and plastics
  • Solvents (which are further used in product formulations or mixtures)
  • Food and Feed
  • Paper 
  • Lubricants and greases
  • Personal care product

Production Processes:

  • Production of Fatty Acid- C12 from Oil (Coconut/Palm Kernel oils) or Fat via Hydrolytic or Lipolytic Splitting.

In general, the production process of Fatty Acid involves hydrolytic or lipolytic splitting (reaction with water using high pressure and temperature or enzymes) of any oil or fat to finally obtain Fatty Acid as the product.

Supplier Database:

  • Eastman Chemical Company 
  • Oleon NV
  • Pacific Oleochemicals Sdn Bhd
  • Colgate-Palmolive Company
  • Longyan Zhuoyue New Energy Co. Ltd.

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The displayed pricing data is derived through weighted average purchase price, including contract and spot transactions at the specified locations unless otherwise stated. The information provided comes from the compilation and processing of commercial data officially reported for each nation (i.e. government agencies, external trade bodies, and industry publications).


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