Oleochemicals Report 2018

LMC’s 2018 Oleochemicals Report asks where is the value addition in the oleochemical value chain? Brent crude oil prices have rebounded to their highest level since 2014. In parallel, the El Niño recovery has weakened crude palm oil (CPO) prices, narrowing the gap between CPO and Brent crude. Yet, US ethylene prices are at record lows, while palm kernel oil (PKO) trades at a large price premium to ethylene – for the third consecutive year. How can the natural industry compete?

Widely regarded as the industry benchmark, LMC’s 2018 Oleochemicals Report delivers expert analysis of fatty acid and fatty alcohol supply and demand, trade, prices, market dynamics, capacities, raw materials, volume forecasts, margin analysis/profitability and sustainability. Price forecasts to 2030 are given for raw materials, fatty acids, fatty alcohols and glycerine. Unique to LMC’s 2018 Oleochemicals Report, we examine surfactant economics by asking: at each stage of the surfactant value chain, how has profitability evolved over the past 5 years?

The Report’s conclusions provide a firm basis for determining stakeholder strategy and investment along the oleochemical value chain.


The Main Report is divided into 7 sections:

Section 1: Raw materials: Supply, demand, sustainability and price

Section 2: Fatty acid marketplace: Capacities, demand, supply and trade

Section 3: Fatty alcohol marketplace: Capacities, demand, supply and trade

Section 4: Prices and forecasts: Fatty acids, fatty alcohols and glycerine

Section 5: Production costs: Fatty acids and fatty alcohols

Section 6: Profitability: By key off take product and location

Section 7: Surfactant economics: From plantation to surfactant

The Executive Summary delivers LMC’s key findings, conclusions, opportunities and risks.

For a more detailed description of the contents of each section, please download the brochure.  


You will receive:

Executive Summary: Key findings and strategic recommendations

Main Report: 150 pages of analysis, tables and diagrams

PowerPoint Presentation: Key findings in a slide bank format for use in internal meetings

LMC Consultation: One full day of consulting by Senior LMC Staff to interpret or discuss the Report’s findings

For more information, or to subscribe to the study, contact our oleochemicals experts or download the brochure.




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