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Quats Price Trend

Quats (quaternary ammonium compounds) are powerful germ-killing chemicals that may be found in disinfectant wipes, sprays, and other home cleansers. Benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride and methylbenzethonium chloride are just a few examples. TEAB (tetraethylammonium bromide) is commercially available, but can be prepared by the reaction between tetraethylammonium hydroxide and hydrobromic acid. In China, hydrobromic acid prices grew effectively in November, backed by adequate offtakes from downstream PET producers, but in December, HBr Acid conversations dropped due to reduced purchasing emotions and sluggish trading activities due to the end of the year. The hydrobromic acid market in India appeared to be optimistic, owing to strong demand and constrained supplies. In the fourth quarter of 2021, a considerable increase in feedstock bromine prices immediately raised the value of hydrobromic acid. Furthermore, domestic offers remained elevated as local producers maintained high quotes to protect their profit margins. Thus, between October and December, hydrobromic acid 48% Ex Kolkata prices surged from 2085.37 USD/MT to 2423.56 USD/MT. Quats prices are driven by the price of their raw materials. 

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

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

About QUATs

Most quaternary ammonium compounds have the general formula R4N+X and are a type of cationic organic nitrogen compound. The nitrogen atom, covalently bonded to four organic groups, bears a positive charge that is balanced by a negative counterion. There are vast numbers of quaternary ammonium compounds. Many are naturally occurring and have been found to be crucial in biochemical reactions. Many quaternaries are also produced synthetically and are commercially available. Some of the examples of QUATs are benzalkonium chloride, Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chlorides and methylbenzethonium chloride.

Chemical Formula:

  • NR4+

Industrial Uses

  • Shampoos
  • Toilet Cleaners
  • Hand Soap 
  • Shaving Cream 
  • Sunscreens
  • Moisturisers 
  • Disinfectant Sprays 
  • Liquid Fabric Softener 

Production Processes

  • Production of QUATs via Menshutkin Reaction.

In the Menshutkin reaction, the tertiary amines are converted into Quaternary Ammonium Salt by reacting it with alkyl halide and a similar reaction takes place when tertiary phosphines are treated with alkyl halides. For instance, triethyl benzyl ammonium chloride is prepared from triethylamine and benzyl chloride.

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  • Clariant AG
  • KAO Corporation
  • Croda International Plc.
  • Stepan Company
  • Evonik Industries AG

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