The Caprolactam price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe.
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Caprolactam: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2017
In Asia, caprolactam (capro) prices may trend steady to softer in the third quarter amid longer supply expectations. Despite a previous rebound in prices towards the end of the second quarter, it was uncertain as to whether prices could stay supported. Domestic supply in China is likely to increase with emerging capacities, while buying interest remained moderate with lacklustre nylon demand. Towards the end of the second quarter, spot import prices fluctuated between $1,500-1,600/tonne CFR NE Asia.
In Europe, contract prices are likely to drop slightly in the third quarter, amid lessening demand and pressure to decrease prices after half a year of rises. January capro prices alone rose by €210-250/tonne FD NWE, following triple-digit increases in the feedstock benzene contract cost. Demand for capro is expected to soften in the summer and possibly relieve the chronic tightness in the market. However, any changes may depend on how much demand there is in the downstream nylon 6 market and any significant price movements in feedstock benzene.
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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.