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Caprolactam Europe Transcript
The ICIS caprolactam Europe report is published on a weekly basis and shows the Free Delivered contract price for northwest Europe.
It also contains upstream and downstream market information as well as production issues such as planned and unplanned outages. It also touches upon trade flows between Europe and Asia.
The price is discovered after conversations with key buyers and sellers in the European market.
The information in the report is used by buyers and sellers to make informed decisions up and down the polyamide product chain.
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Updated to Q4 2014
European caprolactam (capro) contract prices fell steadily during the fourth quarter, driven down by falling upstream benzene values. Nevertheless, the full benzene cost reduction was not passed through to the capro market in November because of poor producer margins. December contract negotiations were ongoing at the time of writing, with some early contract prices having been agreed at a fall of €100-125/tonne, although the bulk of business remains under negotiation and targets are far apart. Both sides expect a significant fall in December contracts following the €166/tonne drop in upstream contract prices.
Buyers are targeting the full benzene cost reduction, while producers are aiming to limit falls to €100/tonne to recover margins. A producer argued that because of upstream ammonia price rises, its cost position in December is unchanged from November despite the drop in benzene costs, and that buyers need to take this into consideration.
Nevertheless, buyers said that falls limited to €100/tonne are unrealistic given weak demand, spot benzene prices that are trading well below the December benzene contract price, upstream crude oil price falls, macroeconomic uncertainty and low downstream nylon 6 margins.
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