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Fatty Acid Methyl Esters

Explore high performance, environmentally safe solvents with Univar Solutions broad range of fatty acid methyl esters

Fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), sometimes referred to as methyl esters are compounds typically derived by transesterification, and are the primary constituent of the biodiesel process. While most methyl esters begin from vegetable feedstock such as soybean oil, canola oil, or palm kernel oil, there are also varieties derived from tallow.

Methyl esters exhibit a “green” chemistry profile: they are biodegradable, produce low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and are non-toxic. Functionally, they can replace solvents which demonstrate a less favorable environmental profile or exposure hazards. Methyl esters exhibit a high boiling point, good lubricity, and excellent solubility in organic solvents. These versatile products can be used in lubricants, metalworking fluids, agriculture, surfactants, polymers, coatings, cleaners, emulsifiers, solvents, and food applications.


  • 100% Naturally derived
  • Biodegradable and renewable
  • Non-toxic
  • Low volatile organic compound (VOC)
  • Green solvent alternative to petrochemicals
  • Excellent solubility/solvency, high kauri-butanol (KB) value
  • High boiling point
  • Good lubricity


  • Private label
  • Tech grade
  • Non-GMO

Sizes available

  • Bulk rail car
  • Bulk tank truck
  • Totes (IBC)
  • Drums
  • Pails


Personal care

Soaps, hand cleaners, dody wash, cleansing and conditioning  

Coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers

Dispersion, low VOC, green paint strippers, solvents


Drilling muds, production and processing, fracking fluids

Water treatment

Solvent, groundwater or soil remediation

Lubricants and metal working

Lubrication, rolling oils and metal working fluids


Solvent – herbicides and Pesticides, carrier, adjuvant

Household and industrial cleaners

Degreasing, cleaning, detergent, indirect food contact  

Univar Solutions is the premier global fatty acid methyl ester distributor:

  • Vast network of 120+ wholly-owned facilities in North America with bulk tank, rail car, blending, and packaging infrastructure
  • Efficient private fleet with dedicated drivers servicing local regions
  • Partnership with domestic and global world-class suppliers offering multiple manufacturing sites and production processes
  • Experienced sales force with broad product application and market knowledge
  • Custom formulas and special blending services available through a team of technical experts