Caprolactam Prices, markets & analysis
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Caprolactam Asia Transcript
ICIS publishes a weekly caprolactam report in Asia. Spot price quotes are provided for CFR northeast Asia (NE Asia), CFR Taiwan and cost & freight (CFR) China and can be for molten or flake product.
ICIS also tracks and reports on the CFR NE Asia contract price. We provide details of the contract discussions as they emerge which helps provide readers with a clear view of market sentiment.
Weekly information on spot deals, bids and offers and buy and sell ideas are provided together with demand and supply trends. Plant shut downs and outages both in and outside of Asia are also closely monitored as deep sea imports account for a major portion of Asia’s caprolactam supply.
Subscribers can keep on top of all the latest conditions in the key upstream benzene and downstream nylon and tyre cords markets. We speak with an extensive network of producers, traders, distributers and buyers to collate our information.
Our wide contributor base and methodology ensures we have the most representative and accurate price assessments. The report ultimately helps our customers make critical financial and business decisions within their markets.
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Updated to Q3 2014
Asia’s caprolactam (capro) spot prices climbed for a large part of the third quarter, supported by tighter availability of spot material in the northeast Asian region and strong benzene prices.
Supply in the Chinese domestic market tightened due to several planned and unplanned plant shutdowns in China. Key producer DSM Nanjing Dongfang was operating at 50%, alternating their two 200,000 tonne/year lines for 20 days of maintenance. While this resulted in greater import interest, a major supplier of spot cargoes, Russia’s SBU Azot, shut their 116,000 tonne/year plant for 10 days maintenance, tightening supply further.
Spot prices in northeast Asia rose by an average of $45/tonne from the start of the quarter to $2,250-2,260/tonne CFR (cost & freight) northeast (NE) Asia by the end of August.
After the middle of the quarter, downstream nylon chips and yarn producers started to reduce their plant run rates as weaker demand was leading to a rise in inventories at nylon polymerisation plants. Capro supply turned longer as producers restarted their units from turnarounds as well. Coupled with a slump in benzene prices in this period, capro spot prices came under downward pressure and prices dropped by an average of $85/tonne to $2,150-2,190/tonne CFR NE Asia by late September.
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