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Updated to Q2 2021
Spot supply remained short as shutdowns in northeast Asia and Europe persisted. With a major European producer declaring force majeure in Q2, supply in Europe tightened, which resulted in a lack of available spot lots for the Asian markets. In the Chinese domestic markets, a slowdown in downstream nylon trade prompted some producers to enter turnarounds in June, leading to lower supply at the end of Q2.
While strong at the start of Q2, demand saw a gradual decline, as the downstream nylon markets in Asia headed towards its traditional lull season during the summer. Despite low inventory levels at some nylon producers’ facilities in Taiwan, incentive to increase purchases of spot caprolactam fell amid weakening nylon trade.
Supply was tight in Q2 because two maintenance turnarounds took place from May to June, production problems at DOMO’s Leuna plant in Germany and because some producers, who were scheduled to undergo maintenance in the summer, built up stocks. This, together with robust demand, resulted in snug supply and little out of contract volumes available.
Capro-consuming nylon 6 supply-demand fundamentals were barely changed in Q2. Demand was robust across all major downstream applications, including automotive, construction, household, electrical appliances and electronics. There was no visible slowdown in demand from downstream automotive applications, despite a shortage of semiconductor chips.
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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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