Fatty Alcohol C12 Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

Get the latest insights on price movement and trend analysis of C12 Fatty Alcohol in different regions across the world (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, and the Middle East & Africa).

For H1 and H2 of 2022


In the Asia-Pacific region, the prices inclined steeply during the first quarter. This sharp increase in the C12 fatty alcohol prices was the robust demand from the downstream surfactant industries. However, the prices declined in Q2 due to the fall in production rates owing to zero-tolerance covid restrictions imposed by the Chinese government. Also, a severe shortage was created in the market with the Indonesian government’s decision to ban palm oil exports. However, even amid the shortages, the prices declined due to the phenomenon of demand destruction.

The third quarter recorded fluctuating pattern in the Asia-Pacific region. The prices struggled as the Indonesian government released a huge amount of feedstock palm oil after the ban whereas the downstream demand was still low. Towards the end of Q3, market demand turned slightly, and the prices stabilized. However, the prices in Q4 were still on the lower end of the scale given the weak market fundamentals and ample inventories.


The price trends for C12 fatty alcohol climbed rapidly during the first quarter given the supply disruptions due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The economic backlash unleashed by the war led to double-digit inflation in many European markets causing the production rates and prices of all the commodities to rise.

In Q2, the prices were again on the higher end of the scale given the higher operating rates, robust demand for detergents and shampoos along with inadequate raw materials from the Asian nations. In Q3, the prices stabilized slightly but still were more than the year-on-year average. Similar price trends were seen in Q4, where the prices kept firm given the solid demand and high costs.

North America

The C12 fatty acid prices kept buoyant in the North American market given the lowered demand from the home and personal care market amid supply shortages. The prices declined marginally in Q2 as the precious supplies from the Asian countries were not adequate which further affected the market demand. Hence, the bearish price trends continued in the third and fourth quarters.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the prices of C12 fatty alcohol will likely decrease further given the ample supply of feedstocks and lowered costs of production. The opening of ports and stabilizing freight charges will further support the lowered prices.

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C12 Fatty Alcohol is a colorless organic compound with a slight floral fragrance. Being a common irritant to the skin it is a hazard to marine life. It is available in many isomeric forms exhibiting different properties. The sulfate esters of lauryl alcohol are commonly known as surfactants and are often used in the production of detergents, shampoos, and other similar products. It is also used in the manufacturing of lubricants, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and as a food additive.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name C12 Fatty Alcohol
Chemical Formula C12H26O
CAS Number 112-53-8
HS Code 2905.17
Industrial Uses Surfactant, Lubricants, Cosmetics, Food Additive, Pharmaceuticals
Supplier Database Merck Schuchardt OHG, Jinan Haohua Industry Co., Ltd., Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Inc., East Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., Magna-Kron Corp., Seidler Chemical Co., Inc.
Molecular Weight 186.33g/mol
Synonyms Dodecanol, Lauryl alcohol
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

  • Production via Palm kernel oil or Coconut Oil

Fatty alcohols are produced via catalytic hydrogenation of fatty acids obtained from natural oil and fat sources primarily coconut and palm kernel oil. The fatty acid obtained is subjected to catalytic hydrogenation in presence of  [RuCl2(NNHPPhPPh2)]  as a catalyst. The preparation method is environmentally-friendly, and effectively reduces the production cost; the used catalyst is high in conversion rate, high in selectivity, high in catalytic efficiency, and reusable.


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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