The Caprolactam price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe.
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Updated to Q4 2018
European caprolactam (capro) supply is likely to remain balanced in Q1 2019, although much will depend on the pick up in re-stocking activity after the Christmas break. Pricing pressure in the upstream benzene market will be a key feature in monthly contract discussions.
European caprolactam (capro) demand is expected to increase in Q1 2019 as market players re-stock after the Christmas break. The longer-term outlook is unclear due to macroeconomic and political uncertainty in the wider market.
Updated to Q1 2019
Caprolactam (capro) supply is forecast to be ample for most of Q1 2019 as the majority of plants in the region are running at high rates. However, the Lunar New Year holiday will see many in China and Taiwan close for a week in February, which should rein in the current oversupply.
Demand in Q1 2019 is not expected to pick up until after the Lunar New Year as much of the region will be on holiday. Most players will attempt to hold as little inventory as possible in the run up to the holiday, and buying will remain tepid until then.
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Caprolactam is an intermediate primarily used in the production of nylon 6 fibres and resins. Caprolactam occurs as white, hygroscopic flakes or crystals with a distinctive odour.
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.
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