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: Market overview
Updated to Q3 2018
Supply in the region is expected to remain stable for most, if not all, of Q3. As the off-season demand will not spur much spot buying activities, producers are expected to maintain current operating rates. The supply is expected to mostly be for fulfilling contractual obligations and sporadic spot trade.
Demand is expected to remain lacklustre for the most part of Q3, as the region heads into the peak of summer, the traditional lull period for nylon 6 sales. Market players believe that most trade will be done via contract sales, with some spot trade to only cover immediate needs.
European nylon 6 supply is expected to remain balanced into Q3 with softer demand anticipated in certain regions during summer and planned turnarounds in the upstream caprolactam (capro) likely limiting any potential oversupply. Nylon 6,6 supply is expected to remain tight into Q3 and possibly into Q4 with renewed production problems in the upstream intermediates market in late May and most producers still in force majeure after global production issues in Q1 and Q2.
European nylon 6 demand is expected to drop slightly throughout the summer months of July and August as key regions enter holiday periods and downstream production eases. Nylon 6,6 demand is likely to remain high with global tightness still impacting market dynamics with little relief in sight. Nylon 6,6 fundamentals are expected to remain tight until the end of the year at least.
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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.