The Caprolactam price reports are published weekly in Asia and Europe.
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Updated to Q3 2019
Supply of spot caprolactam in the northeast Asian region was long in Q3 2019. Liquidity of spot volumes were lower during the traditionally lull summer months. While several producers in China entered turnarounds or reduced operating rates at their facilities to rein in supply, the weaker demand still led to higher inventories of the material.
Demand for spot caprolactam was soft in Q3 2019. Amid the traditional lull period in summer, several downstream nylon polymerisation facilities were operating on decreased rates, reducing demand for capro. With facilities stocked from a weak Q2, many buyers were unwilling to continue procurement activities, further contributing to the weak demand.
European caprolactam (capro) supply remained stable in the third quarter, with ample supply continuing due to seasonally quiet demand in the summer months. Production rates were reduced as suppliers attempted to counterbalance high inventories and the oversupply in the market. Planned maintenance turnarounds in the market during the quarter did not affect supply.
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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