The Nylon markets are covered by our local ICIS reporters in Asia, Europe and the US on a weekly basis.
Our unbiased and informative commentary gives an overview, details on upstream movements, graphs and intelligence about the different grades. In Asia, spot prices focus on textile grades for fully-drawn yarn, partially oriented yarn, industrial grade and chips. In Europe, Nylon 6, Nylon 6,6 and virgin polymer quotations are published, while in the US, Nylon 6 resin and Nylon 6,6 are assessed. These invaluable and reliable reports will assist you when making key business decisions.
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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 Q4 2016
Prices of nylon 6 in Asia are expected to be stable-to-soft in Q4 amid weakening downstream demand and ample supply. Buying interest typically tapers down towards the end of the year, and market players believe prices are likely to come under pressure. However, firm upstream costs of feedstock caprolactam are expected to limit any potential declines in nylon 6 prices, although margins for many producers are likely to remain squeezed.
European nylon 6 demand growth of 3% is expected in 2017, according to estimates from buyers and sellers on the sidelines of EPCA. Growth is expected to be driven by the downstream engineering plastics industry while nylon demand from the downstream carpet sector is expected to remain broadly at parity with 2016. Nevertheless, nylon 6 is structurally oversupplied by around 200,000 tonnes/year according to market estimates, while nylon 6,6 supply and demand in Europe is largely balanced.
In the US, higher feedstock prices and production issues in the nylon 6 market pressured prices higher during Q3. However, prices are expected to moderate during Q4 as domestic production issues have resolved and upstream benzene prices have moved lower. In the US, nylon 6,6 prices are expected to remain stable as available imports and competition have offset the upward pressure from higher feedstock costs and an ongoing force majeure for intermediate chemicals.
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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.