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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.
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Despite European caprolactam (capro) chain spread recovery in 2013 and an optimistic demand outlook for nylon 6, there remain threats to margins in 2014, sources said this week.
Feedstock cyclohexane (CX) contract prices fell by €219/tonne between the beginning of 2013 and October. The monthly CX contract price comprises the sum of the monthly benzene contract price and the CX quarterly delta contract price. Downstream nylon 6 and 6,6 virgin polymer prices are at the same levels as they were at the start of the year, while capro contract prices have fallen by €67-85/tonne. This represents a contract price spread recovery against CX across 2013 to October of €219/tonne for nylon 6 and 6,6, and €134-152/tonne for capro.
Coupled with this, several European engineering plastics producers expect demand from the sector to grow in 2014, as they have had increased enquiries for new applications.
Nevertheless, there remain concerns that increased competition from Asia in 2014 will reduce capro prices, at the same time as consolidation in the European CX market could push feedstock costs higher, causing concern that margins will once again fall under pressure in 2014. In addition, nylon 6 and capro demand has been previously forecast to remain stable with 2013 levels in 2014.
Updated to mid-November 2013
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