The Caprolactam price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe.
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Caprolactam: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Supply is expected to increase in July as facilities in the region restart from turnarounds. For the rest of the quarter, however, the supply situation is expected to remain stable as the off-season demand will not spur much buying activities and producers will be supplying mostly via contract sales.
Demand will remain flat as buyers do not expect sales to improve for downstream nylon 6 as the region heads into the peak of summer, which is traditionally the lowest–performing sales period. Many market players say they expect demand to pick up only towards the end of the summer.
European caprolactam (capro) supply could diminish slightly in the third quarter amid multiple planned turnarounds in the market. An expectation of softer demand during the summer season and players being well prepared for the turnarounds is likely to support broadly balanced market conditions, but only if the maintenances go to plan.
European caprolactam (capro) demand is expected to decrease over the third quarter due to a lull in downstream demand that typically occurs during the summer months of July and August, in parts of southern Europe especially. With planned turnarounds anticipated to take place through the quarter, fundamentals are likely to remain broadly balanced.
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Caprolactam occurs as white, hygroscopic flakes or crystals with a distinctive odour. It is soluble in water, cyclohexane, chlorinated hydrocarbons and is usually used, stored and transported in liquefied form at about 80oC.
Caprolactam is an intermediate primarily used in the production of nylon 6 fibres and resins. Nylon 6 fibres are made into textile, carpet and industrial yarns.
Nylon resins are noted for their performance properties including high tensile strength, excellent abrasion, chemical and heat resistance. They are the basis of engineering plastics, used in electronic and electrical components and automobiles, and oriented polyamide films used widely in food packaging.
Conventional caprolactam technology is based on the key intermediate cyclohexanone, which is usually produced by the oxidation of cyclohexane. Cyclohexanone is then reacted with hydroxylamine sulphate to produce cyclohexanone oxime. This is followed by a Beckmann rearrangement using oleum to yield caprolactam.