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 2018
Supply in the region is expected to increase in the fourth quarter as producers ramp up operating rates to cater to the increased demand. However, the amount of increase is limited, as this is largely dependent on the amount of feedstock available, and the region is currently experiencing a feedstock supply crunch.
Demand is expected to increase in the beginning of the fourth quarter as the market heads into its traditional peak. Most market players expect October to be where demand is at its highest, and slowly tapering off mid-November. Demand is expected to slow towards the end of the fourth quarter, during the winter months.
In the short term, nylon 6,6 supply continues to be tight and most sources do not expect any relief for the rest of the year. Some sources are even worried beyond 2019 and think that supply will remain structurally tight until 2021 or 2022. For nylon 6, there is not much concern surrounding availability for the last quarter of the year.
In terms of demand, the outlook for nylon 6,6 is healthy, despite talk of substitution trends and some previous concern over demand in the automotive sector. Views on substituting nylon 6 for nylon 6,6 remain divided as most nylon buyers are not able to do this easily. Nylon 6 demand fundamentals are similarly expected to remain stable in the last quarter of the year.
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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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