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Nylon Overview Transcript
Nylon is widely used in the manufacture of hosiery, garments, straps, ropes, filaments, nets and tyre cords.
It is often replaced by cheaper-cost polyester as a synthetic fibre. But demand for nylon remains strong in certain technical niches such as women’s hosiery and intimate apparel, because of its fine deniers, dark colours and durable textures. Tyre cord is also one of nylon’s strongholds.
Currently China is the world’s largest producer, consumer, importer and exporter of textiles.
Downstream demand growth for nylon is gradually concentrating in China and is regarded by many industrial players as the only location where important capacity additions can occur.
China relies heavily on Taiwan’s production capacity, currently importing more than 70% of the nylon chips consumed by it’s domestic nylon yarn market.
Demand is higher during the peak manufacturing season during the spring and autumn.
One of the key price drivers for nylon is the feedstock caprolactam prices which is fundamentally tight.
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Nylon: Market overview
Updated to Q2 2015
US and European demand for nylon has been strengthening, due to the start of the peak season for the automotive, construction and textile sectors. Stronger demand could help support the price hike that US nylon 6 producers are targeting amid rising upstream benzene costs. A force majeure for intermediates adiponitrile (ADN) and hexamethylene diamine (HMDA) is also likely to tighten nylon 6,6 supply.
In Europe, favourable exchange rates have limited overseas imports, increasing the pull for material on domestic suppliers. Exports from the EU are increasing for the same reason, tightening supply at a time of heightened demand. Nevertheless, April demand remains at parity with 2014, and with a recent rebound in upstream benzene prices, it remains unclear how long this will last and the extent of underlying demand.
Meanwhile, Asia players are bearish about the Q2 market as the textile chain is facing sluggish demand for nylon chips and yarn sectors. Forward orders have slowed down due to higher prices, resulting in rising inventories at producer plants. Spot nylon chip and yarn prices are expected to continue increasing following firm upstream benzene and caprolactam prices, despite strong buyer resistance.
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Nylon, also called polyamide, is used mainly in fibre and engineering polymer applications. The two main nylons are nylon 6, which is made from caprolactam, and nylon 6,6, which is produced from adipic acid.
Nylon fibres are used in apparel such as ladies’ hosiery (stockings), sleepwear and underwear, carpets and home furnishings. Other fibre applications include tyre cord, fishing line, brush bristles and tough fabrics for parachutes, backpacks and luggage.
Nylon engineering resins are employed in automotive parts such as bearings, gears, cams and intake manifolds.
Other applications include industrial machinery and electrical and electronic equipment. Compounding the nylon with reinforcements, fillers, impact modifiers, flame retardants and other additives further enhances its properties to give a wider range of applications.