Fatty Acid C14 Prices (Q4 2021)
Fatty acids from palm oil feedstock had been rising in the Asian market due to lower production in Indonesia and Malaysia. Due to logistical constraints and rising fatty acid prices, Indian trading offers remained stable. Due to the government's Dual Control Policy and the consequent shortage of feedstock, factories like Jiangsu Shengtai (capable of 80 KTPA) and Deyuan Gaoke (capable of 100 KTPA) were forced to temporarily shut down. In the first three months of the year, the country's demand for mid-cut fatty alcohols surged due to a lack of production capacity. Detergent and personal care product demand were affected by the market's optimism, despite downstream buyers making acceptable requests for the goods. In India, the cost of fatty acids per metric tonne was 3130 USD. In December, prices for ex-Ahmedabad were 3440 USD/MT on a FOB basis, while in China they were 3440 USD/MT.
The European fatty acid market remained bullish in Q4-2021 in response to the surprisingly high input costs. Increasing input costs were exacerbated by a global scarcity of palm oil feedstock, delivery delays, and skyrocketing energy prices. A lack of port containers and movement limitations brought on by the increase in Omicron cases in the region restricted spot trading even further. There was an uptick in downstream sector queries for Fatty Acid in Germany, which increased manufacturers' confidence in providing steady contract rates after the country was hit hard by the recurrence of Covid instances. It was a rough conclusion to a difficult quarter for downstream Fatty Acid supply dynamics, with prices rising to their highest level of the year in December at 4080 USD/MT FOB. The demand for personal care products was also a factor in the rise in prices.
In October, the prices of fatty acids hit their highest level, backed by rising palm oil feedstock prices in the worldwide market and a lack of supply from Asian countries due to vessel delays. In addition to the high input prices, the shortage of trucks for delivering consignments to downstream businesses exacerbated the despair of manufacturers in the early weeks of the quarter. As a result, demand in the downstream personal care and detergents sectors was predicted to outpace supply. Due to increased port movement and decreased freight rates in late 2013, palm oil prices dropped slightly in the last months of the year. Fatty acid prices fell to 1760 USD/MT DEL in the final days of December as a result of lower demand due to a lack of downstream activity over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
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About Fatty Acid- C14:
Fatty Acid- C14 is a saturated long chain fatty acid, having a backbone formed of 14 carbons. It is an oily white crystalline solid which occurs naturally in palm oil, coconut oil and butter fat. The salts and esters of C14 Fatty Acids are commonly referred to as myristates or tetradecanoates.
Chemical Formula of Fatty Acid - C14:
Production of Fatty Acid– C14 from Oil 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.
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