The end products supplied by oleochemicals with their fatty acid pumps are mainly glycerine, methyl esters, fatty acids and fatty alcohols. These end products in turn are the starting materials for many different everyday products.
They can be used for foodstuffs such as margarine or for cleaning agents such as soaps. They are also the starting materials for cosmetics or skin care products. For example, surfactants (sodium lauryl sulfate) can be obtained from the fatty acid lauric acid as important ingredients of many skin care products.
Other areas of application are the production of solvents, lubrication oils and biopolymers or copolymers for the plastics and coatings sector.
Biodiesel production uses the transesterification of methanol to produce the fuel.