Fatty Alcohol Price Trend

Because of the domino effect of palm oil feedstock scarcity on the international market, fatty alcohol prices in North America rose sharply. Due to growing demand fundamentals, spot fatty alcohol prices traded higher than contracts in Q4-2021. The supply-side constraints were exacerbated by the ongoing shortage of vessels, which created unnecessary delays in shipments, resulting in a supply shortage. Due to inadequate truck availability, local downstream purchasers had trouble getting deliveries. Following the improvement of transport channels in December, prices for C12-C15 and C16-C18 Fatty Alcohols were estimated to be approximately 2480-2540 USD/MT DEL Louisiana. Outside of the detergent sector, demand was decreased at the end of the quarter due to the winter gloom, but the detergent segment continued to rise steadily. Slackening port congestions in December caused a drop in price levels across Asia, with CFR JNPT pricing for C16-C18 Fatty Alcohols in India hovering at 2500 USD/MT. C12-C14 fatty alcohol prices in Germany stabilised around 3240 USD/MT in December, after reporting a month-over-month inflation rate of 9.7% on a FOB basis.

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

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

About Fatty Alcohol

Fatty Alcohols are extracted from natural fats and oils. They are usually of high molecular-weight and consists of straight chains of primary alcohols, but can also range from as few as 5-7 carbons to as many as 21-24 carbons. Some commercially important fatty alcohols are lauryl, oleyl, stearyl alcohols and cetyl alcohol.

Industrial Uses

  • Detergents and surfactants
  • Cosmetics
  • Industrial solvents
  • Emollients
  • Disinfectants
  • Food industry

Production Processes

  • Production of Fatty Alcohol either through Natural Source or by Petrochemical Source

In the natural production method, vegetable oils serve as a large-scale feedstock and the alcohols are obtained from the triglycerides (fatty acid tri-esters), which form the bulk of the oil. Triglycerides undergo transesterification to give out methyl esters which further undergo hydrogenation to form fatty alcohols. Higher alcohols (C20–C22) can be obtained from rapeseed oil or mustard seed oil. While, in the Ziegler process (petrochemical production), ethylene is oligomerised with the help of triethylaluminium followed by air oxidation. This process gives even-numbered alcohols.

Supplier Database

  • The Procter & Gamble Company 
  • Wilmar International Ltd
  • Godrej Industries Limited
  • KLK Oleo Group

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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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