Cyclohexanol and Cyclohexanone
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Published: March 2012
Cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone are primarily captively consumed, either isolated or as a mixture, in the production of nylon intermediates (adipic acid and caprolactam). Less than 4% is consumed in markets other than nylon, including use as solvents for paints and dyes, in pesticides and as an intermediate for pharmaceuticals, films, soaps and coatings. About 80% of production is based on cyclohexane raw material; the remainder is based on phenol.
Use for caprolactam production accounts for the most significant part of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone consumption, with over 62%, while the remaining demand is mainly for adipic acid production. Cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone use for other chemical products, whether captive or for the merchant market, is minimal.
The following pie chart shows world consumption of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone:
Since most cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone are captively consumed on site for the production of adipic acid and caprolactam, only a small amount enters the world's trade markets (cyclohexane, a precursor, is more widely traded). Major world consumption areas are the United States, Western Europe and Asia (other than Japan and China). For the next several years, China is expected to have the highest annual growth rate for cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone consumption, followed by Other Asian countries.
Chinese caprolactam capacity is expanding and leading to lower prices; caprolactam production in the United States and Europe will be affected.