The Caprolactam price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe.
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Updated to Q4 2019
Supply of spot caprolactam (capro) in northeast Asian was ample in Q4 2019. With demand for the material weak during the winter lull, inventories remained high despite the lower operating rates as trade activity was limited.
Demand for spot capro was weak in Q4 2019. While this was expected, due to the winter lull, an unusually slow nylon sector meant trade activity for capro was also slow. Buyers mostly purchased on an as-needed basis amid high inventories of nylon and lowered operating rates at nylon polymerization facilities.
European caprolactam (capro) material remained widely available in Q4 due to ongoing low demand for downstream nylon 6 and the automotive sector. Supply was ample regardless of buyers destocking towards the end of 2019 and suppliers have also been reducing output rates to counteract length in the market. There were no capacity changes or production issues recorded in Q4.
European caprolactam (capro) demand has remained low across the third quarter due to weakness in the downstream nylon 6 market and the automotive industry. Meanwhile, downstream food packaging, electronic applications and textiles consumption was stable to low. Buying interest was typically quiet due to the summer holiday period and expectations for improvement in September were not met.
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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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