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      Security of Supply and COVID-19 Updates

      Customers are looking for security in their chemical and ingredient supply. At Univar Solutions, we leverage our unparalleled network, supplier relationships, digital technology, technical expertise, and market knowledge to help our customers navigate dynamic market conditions.

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      Fatty Alcohols

      Offering the largest selection of natural and synthetic fatty alcohols sourced globally from world-class manufacturers

      Univar Solutions offers a full line of straight chain primary fatty alcohols, from as few as 8 carbons to as many as 22 as well as custom blends. They are commonly referred to as Short Chain (Carbon Chain < 10), Mid-Cut, and Long Chain (Carbon Chain > 18). Natural fatty alcohols are derived from natural fats and oils by hydrogenating the corresponding fatty methyl ester and subsequent fractionation. Natural fatty alcohols have an even number of carbon atoms with a single functional alcohol group (-OH) attached at the first carbon. Synthetic fatty alcohols are produced from ethylene using the Ziegler reaction, which yields a chemically identical linear primary alcohol with an even numbered carbon chain.

      With more than 120 distribution centers nationwide, our efficient private fleet with dedicated drivers, and our partnership with world-class suppliers, Univar Solutions is ready to serve your fatty alcohols needs.


      • Biodegradable
      • Sustainable (green)
      • Versitie Chemistry

      Form at room temperature is defined by carbon chain length:

      • Short chain: Liquid
      • Mid chain: Semi-solid
      • Long chain: Solid


      • Tech grade
      • NF grade
      • RSPO mass balanced

      Packaging available

      • Bulk (molten)
      • Drums
      • Bags (solid)
      • Supersacks (solid)


      Chemical manufacturing

      Used an intermediate to make the following derivatives: ethoxylates, esters, amines, acetals, olefins, thiols, carboxylic acids, aldehydes


      Alkyd resins, plasticizer production

      Personal care

      Skin care (lotions, body wash), hair care (conditioner, hair masks), color cosmetics


      Drilling muds (corrosion inhibition)

      Lubricants & metalworking

      Defoamer in lubricant additives & metalworking fluids


      Specialty industrial & household cleaners


      Air entrainment agent