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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
The European polyamide chain is bracing itself for another tough year in 2013, with margins continuing to be squeezed by high feedstock costs and weak demand.
Consumption is expected to be low because of poor macroeconomic conditions – at least in the first half of the year.
Nevertheless, upstream feedstock benzene costs are expected to remain firm because of continued shortages of feedstock pyrolysis gas (pygas).
Several players predicted that end-use fibre demand will be 5-12% weaker in 2013, compared with 2012.
Concerns also remain over the impact of additional polyamide chain capacity in Asia, with players throughout the chain seeing this as a key region for development.
Asia has traditionally been a major importer of European nylon feedstocks adipic acid (ADA) and caprolactam (capro).
European nylon 6 became oversupplied in the second quarter of 2013 because of reduced demand in Asia for capro.
Many nylon 6 producers are backwards-integrated with capro. As a result, some integrated producers have been diverting capro previously earmarked for export into the production of additional nylon 6.
Updated to mid-August 2013
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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.