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Updated to Q2 2017
The Asian caprolactam (capro) market was under downward pressure in the second quarter of 2017, against a backdrop of falling domestic prices in key market China.
Despite tighter regional supply from several turnarounds of capro plants across northeast Asia, spot prices extended declines amid a wide disparity between yuan and US-dollar denominated prices. Buying interest for imports dampened with more competitively priced domestic material, while capro contract negotiations for April and May were also under pressure.
Spot import prices averaged at $1,975/tonne CFR (cost and freight) NE Asia in early April, but fell to $1,500/tonne CFR NE Asia by early June. This was down by about 25% over the course of the quarter. Import contract prices for April and May also settled at lower prices, compared to the previous month.
Nonetheless, market sentiment picked up in June after rebounds in the domestic Chinese market. Downstream demand in the nylon sector remained moderate, although operating rates saw some improvements according to nylon makers.
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