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Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate Price Trend and Forecast

Regional Price Overview

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

For the First Half of 2022


The fatty alcohol ethoxylate prices rose during the first quarter owing to firm demand from the downstream surfactant and cleaning industry. The mismatch in the supply-demand dynamics caused the low stocks to lead to the price increase averaging 2654 USD/MT.

Floods in Malaysia, one of the leading exporters of palm oil (an essential feedstock for FAE), led to considerable uncertainties in the market. These high prices negatively impacted consumer buying patterns, leading to demand destruction. Despite the export ban on palm oil by the Indonesian government in Q2, the price trends for ethoxylates kept steady with no upward movement.


During Q1, the ethoxylate prices kept strong throughout the European domestic market. Given the turbulent geopolitical disturbances, the inflationary pricing amid dwindling inventories caused the prices to rise, averaging 3260 USD/MT. To cushion their profit margins, the manufacturers increased their market quotations. These soaring prices heavily influenced consumer patterns, and the market demand declined. Hence, the prices fell in Q2 owing to weak market sentiments and inflationary pressure.

North America

The US domestic market closely followed the global outlook. The FAE prices inclined during the first quarter amid supply constraints, labour shortages, inflated freight charges and strong demand from the surfactant and cosmetic industry, averaging 2817 USD/MT. However, the pricing patterns declined in Q2 owing to the declining market demand. Hence, the price trends remained bearish in the second quarter.

Analyst Insight

According to Procurement Resource, the market for fatty acid ethoxylates will undergo significant fluctuations in the upcoming months owing to a wide range of factors. With the current market fundamentals exhibiting a stabilizing trend, the final price will depend on consumer demand, likely to remain low due to the rumoured speculations of a global recession.

Procurement Resource provides latest prices of Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate. Each price database is tied to a user-friendly graphing tool dating back to 2014, which provides a range of functionalities: configuration of price series over user defined time period; comparison of product movements across countries; customization of price currencies and unit; extraction of price data as excel files to be used offline.

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In general, fatty alcohols are ethoxylated to produce Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylates (FAE's), which are a common form of non-ionic surfactant such as octaethylene glycol monododecyl ether. Alcohol ethoxylates are a class of compounds. They are a major part of many industrial practices and the commercial market, as well.

Because of the basic structure of ethoxylated alcohols that pair a hydrophobic portion (water-hating) with a hydrophilic component (water-loving), they are considered a versatile class of compounds, commonly referred to as surfactants. Ethoxylated alcohols can vary widely in their properties and applications depending upon fatty alcohols, which  can vary in their structures and lengths.

Product Details

Report Features Details
Product Name Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate
Chemical Formula R(OC2H4)nOH
Industrial Uses Detergents, Cosmetics , Textile, Paper, Oil, Cleaning and scouring agent, Wetting agent
Supplier Database BASF SE, India Glycols Limited, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G Chemicals), The Dow Chemical Company
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 Processes

  • Production of Fatty Alcohol Ethoxylate via Ethoxylation Process

Industrial ethoxylation is the most common method to produce fatty alcohol ethoxylates (FAE’s) and is commonly performed upon fatty alcohols. FAE’s can be obtained by hydroformylation in the Shell higher Olefin process , or by hydrogenation of fatty acids from seed oils.

This reaction is then proceeded by passing ethylene oxide through alcohol at 180oC, with the catalyst as potassium hydroxide (KOH). This reaction is highly exothermic and requires a careful control.


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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