Category Intelligence on Oleochemicals covers the following
The global oleochemicals market is oversupplied with 3 MMT of fatty acids and alcohols. Economic slowdown and a drop in trade volume by 23 percent during 2011–2016, and bio-diesel demand are the key drivers.Trade volume has been increasing since 2017
Preference for natural oleochemicals (75 percent market share in 2017), due to the increasing focus on sustainability factors, is expected to drive the oleochemcials demand from natural oils
Personal care companies contribute to 26 percent of the oleochemicals demand and have a better buying power
–This provides them the opportunity to revise the contract prices frequently, based on the price trend
Buyers Negotitiation Power
Palm and tallow have major composition (more than 40 percent) of heavy-cut fatty acids and negligible light cut and lauric acids. On the other hand, PKO and CNO have a wide mix of all the fatty acids. This has positioned PKO and CNO as the preferred feedstock in the industry.
Catalyst consumption is lesser in the Lurgi process/Wax ester route compared with the other two processes, namely Davy process/Acid route and Ester route. Thus, the catalyst cost, and thereby, the overall production cost is reduced by around 50 $/MT at the same fatty alcohol yield rate of 48 percent
PKO is the most traded commodity (3 MMT) among the oleochemical feedstock, due to its ample availability and premium quality of the end products. Southeast Asia is the major exporter (50–55 percent), and the US and the EU (35–60 percent) are the major importers of both PKO and CNO. China also imports a significant amount of PKO (23 percent), majorly for soap production
The global fatty acid market is expected to remain oversupplied for the next 3 –5 years, due to a rapid increase in production capacity of fatty acids in the past few years and sluggish demand growth rates in China.
Market Outlook (2018)