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2-Ethylhexanol price index

This post is a summary of the 2-Ethylhexanol price developments. The price developments of 2-Ethylhexanol are expressed in US$ prices converted FX rates applicable at the time when the price was valid. 2-Ethylhexanol price index developments are calculated from multiple separate sources of data to ensure statistical accuracy.

The outlook for 2-EHA prices, on the second tab, is generated from different inputs including:

  • Very recent price developments of immediate cost drivers of Ethylhexanol
  • Recent price developments of underlying feedstocks which drive the price of 2-EHA
  • Market futures for both cost drives and feedstocks of 2-Ethylhexanol prices
  • Adjustment of current supply/demand imbalances in the Ethylhexanol market
  • Longer term trends in likely demand conditions

Further information on 2-Ethylhexanol

Here is further information on 2-ethylhexanol.


What is 2-Ethylhexanol

2-Ethylhexanol, also known as 2-EH or octanol, is a clear, colorless liquid with a sweet, floral smell. It is an alcohol that is composed of eight carbon atoms and has a chemical formula of C8H18O. 2-Ethylhexanol is used as an intermediate in the production of a number of chemicals and has a number of industrial and commercial uses.


How is 2-Ethylhexanol made

2-Ethylhexanol is typically produced by the hydroformylation of propylene, which is a process that involves the addition of carbon monoxide and hydrogen to propylene to form aldehydes. The aldehydes are then hydrogenated to form 2-ethylhexanol.


What is 2-Ethylhexanol used for

2-Ethylhexanol is used as a starting material in the production of a number of chemicals, including 2-ethylhexanoic acid, which is used in the production of plasticizers and lubricants, and 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, which is used in the production of paints, adhesives, and coatings. In addition, 2-ethylhexanol is used as a solvent in the production of resins, plastics, and fibers, and it is also used as a plasticizer and a humectant in the production of cosmetics and personal care products.

2-Ethylhexanol is also used in the production of pharmaceuticals, flavors, and fragrances, and it has been studied for use as a solvent in the production of biofuels. It is worth noting that 2-ethylhexanol can be toxic if ingested or inhaled in large amounts, and it can cause irritation to the skin and eyes. As a result, it is important to handle 2-ethylhexanol with caution and to follow proper safety procedures when working with this chemical.


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Where is 2-ethylhexanol traded

Trade information according to Acyclic Alcohols are the world’s 135th most traded product. In 2020, the top exporters of Acyclic Alcohols were Saudi Arabia ($3.22B), United States ($3.03B), Germany ($2.14B), China ($1.43B), and Netherlands ($1.3B). In 2020, the top importers of Acyclic Alcohols were China ($7.42B), United States ($1.55B), South Korea ($1.44B), India ($1.35B), and Germany ($1.1B).


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