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 Q4 2019
Supply of nylon 6 in Asia remained ample in Q4 2019 as trade for finished goods experienced a slowdown amid the lead-up to the off-season during winter. Although several downstream and upstream facilities were already operating at reduced rates to rein in supply, the market continued to be plagued by excess material on a lack of liquidity.
Demand for nylon 6 in Asia was lacklustre in Q4 2019, amid the seasonal winter lull. Amid a slowdown in global trade activity and uncertainty owing to the US-China trade war, exports for both nylon chips and yarn grades were reduced.
European nylon 6 supply remained ample in Q4 2019 as low demand across the downstream industries left more material available. Players reduced output rates to counterbalance oversupply, and regardless of seasonal destocking throughout Q4 the market continued to lengthen. Nylon 6,6 supply, was stable to good throughout Q4 due to low demand from the main downstream automotive sector, regardless of a turnaround at the upstream adiponitrile (ADN) Butachimie plant.
Nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 demand in Europe remained low across the downstream industries including electronic applications and textiles, and was particularly weak in the automotive sector. Buying interest from car manufacturers did not improve in Q4, which was widely expected due to the ongoing restructuring of the sector and the quiet holiday period. As buyers were destocking towards the end of the year, buying interest fell further in December.
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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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