What are Oleochemicals?

Posted by Danielle Wentworth on Aug 13, 2018 9:40:00 AM
Oleochemicals are derived from natural sources including plant and animal fats.  The formation of basic oleochemical substances like fatty acids are by various chemical and enzymatic reactions.  

Fatty acids are the largest application for oleochemicals.  This is due to to high demand for applications in

  • pharmaceutical and food industries
  • soap and laundry detergent
  • candles
  • waxes
  • lubricant
  • paints and coatings.
Industries related to fatty acids such as plastics, rubber, and surface active agent industries are speeding up their industrial structure and transformation in the mode of development boost the demand for fatty acid.

According to the Chemical Reports article Top 7 Emerging Trends of Oleochemicals Market by 2023"soap & detergent was the leading application segment in 2016 and it is anticipated to continue its lead during the forecast period." 



The article mentions the top dominating key players of this market, which includes Twin Rivers Technologies.  Twin Rivers Technologies offers the most comprehensive line of oleochemials, naturally based specialty chemicals and glycerin products in the North American marketplace.  Our Quincy, Massachusetts facility operates as a world-class fatty acid and glycerin production site, with onsite processes for hydrolysis, distillation, hydrogenation, fractionation, crystallization and glycerin refining. 

Additionally, Twin Rivers Technologies has expansive manufacturing capabilities that includes the production of food grade and kosher fatty acids as well as various grades of Glycerin that meet USP-NF (US Pharmacopeia-National Formulary) and FCC (Food Chemical Codex) specifications. If you don't see the oleochemical that meets your specifications, please click here to visit our website to learn more about our product offerings and capabilities.

Topics: Oleochemicals