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.
Updated to Q1 2019
Supply of nylon 6 in Q1 2019 was ample relative to demand, as end-users approached inventory levels with caution amid weak downstream sales. This was especially so before the Lunar New Year holidays, as most buyers were trying to avoid having high inventories before the holidays commenced. A brief surge in demand post-holidays helped ease the oversupply, as buyers ramped up operating rates to meet the traditional post-holiday restocking as facilities for finished products restarted.
Demand for nylon 6 in Q1 2019 was mixed. While the year started off slow, demand grew as the Lunar New Year holidays approached. Some key buyers in the region of China opted to order parcels that would arrive in time for post-holiday manufacturing amid the traditional peak months in spring. Trade then came to a stop as key market players in China were closed for up to two weeks, before gradually recovering in March.
European nylon 6 supply has continued to lengthen throughout Q1 2019 and the market remains oversupplied, driven by weak downstream demand. There are no concerns regarding availability and some plants have reduced production rates in order to counteract the healthy supply. Nylon 6,6 availability has gradually improved throughout Q1 2019, as the lifting of force majeures has relieved prior market tightness.
European nylon 6 demand has remained poor due to low consumption from the automotive sector. The sector has undergone restructuring and EU regulations on CO2 emissions, which has had an effect of vehicle production since the second half of 2018. Nylon 6,6 demand has also remained low due to the weak automotive buying patterns.
Nylon 6 supplies have been stable throughout the first quarter, as buyers consistently reported sufficient material. Nylon 6,6 supplies continue to fall far short of demand as production issues have significantly impacted inventory. While the increasing switch away from nylon 6,6 has somewhat relieved extreme tightness in the market, nylon 6,6 supplies will remain short until production issues are resolved in the medium term.
Demand for nylon 6 has increased in the first quarter of 2019, largely in reaction to significantly constrained nylon 6,6 supplies. Customers unable to obtain nylon 6,6, either due to high prices or limited material, have swapped it for other materials like nylon 6, product specifications permitting. Nylon 6,6 demand remains strong. Although some demand destruction has taken place as a result of short supply, many consumers are tied to nylon 6,6 specifications.
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Nylons are one of the most common polymers used as a fibre. Another name for this material is polyamide, due to the characteristic amide groups in the backbone chain.
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.
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