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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 Q3 2014
Some nylon producers in the US, Europe and Asia are targeting price increases in the third quarter on the back of higher raw material costs, particularly for upstream benzene, which saw July contract prices spike in all three regions.
While market participants recognise the upward pressure that benzene costs will have on caprolactam (capro) and nylon 6 prices, some are sceptical conditions will improve enough to support a price increase.
In Asia, downstream yarn producers are battling high inventories of end products, leading to reduced run rates and slowing down in consumption of nylon chip imports.
Some US market participants believed global supply is still long amid weak overall demand for finished goods, and European demand is expected to fall during the traditional slowdown amid end-user summer holiday outages.
Additionally, LANXESS’s new 90,000 tonne/year nylon 6 virgin polymer plant in Antwerp has begun production, and market sources are divided on the impact of the new capacity. Some producers are concerned that increased capacity will lead to lower utilisation rates at other European producers because of oversupply.
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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.