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 Q3 2019
Supply of nylon 6 in Asia was mostly long in Q3 2019, as trade for finished goods remained weak, leading to higher inventories at several facilities. Although several producers reduced operating 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 weak for most of Q3 2019, given slowing finished goods sectors. While the summer months are traditionally a lull period for the market, participants have noted demand has been exceptionally weak this year, with many citing the escalating US-China trade war.
European nylon 6 supply continued to lengthen throughout Q3 as low demand left more material available. As a result, buyers were destocking and suppliers reduced their production rates to counteract oversupply and balance the market. There was no impact from any planned maintenances. Nylon 6,6 supply in Q3 remained stable to low, as although the market was tight since last year, buying interest dropped and therefore slightly more material was available.
European nylon 6 demand in Q3 was low but stable across textiles, food packaging, and electronic applications, as the summer holidays are a typically quiet period. Automotive buying interest fell in both the nylon 6 and 6,6 markets and this had a significant impact. Market players expected it was unlikely for demand to improve until next year, and sentiment was cautious.
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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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