Chemical Prices Rise


Pilot will raise prices for surfactants used in metalworking fluids, Oxea plans to increase prices for solvents, and Albemarle has outlined a price hike for antioxidants used in lubricant applications.

In response to escalating raw material costs, Cincinnati-based specialty chemical supplier Pilot said it will increase list and off-list prices effective April 15, or as contracts allow, on a wide variety of surfactants.

That includes increases of 4 to 7.5 cents per pound on Aristonate sulfonates, 5 to 8.5 cents per pound on Aristonic acids, 2 to 8 cents per pound for Calimulse emulsion aids, 8 cents per pound on Calsoft sulfonates and 1.5 to 5 cents per pound for Pilots specialty products. Increases on other products ranged from 2 to 8 cents per pound.

Oxea of Oberhausen, Germany, announced that effective April 1, or as contracts allow, it would increase list and off-list prices on several solvents – butanol, butyl acetate, propanol and propyl acetate – by 5 cents per pound in the United States, Canada and Mexico, and by $110 per metric ton elsewhere.

Albemarle Corp., headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., will increase prices on its Ethanox antioxidants globally by 15 percent on all shipments on or after May 1, or as contracts allow.

Sold by Albemarles polymer solutions business segment, the antioxidants are used to maintain product performance in lubricant, fuel and biofuel applications.

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