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 2020
Supply was stable as the market saw limited changes due to the weak export markets for finished goods. Operating rates remained low, as producers saw little need to ramp up production given the weaker-than-usual demand.
Demand saw little change as the summer months are typically a lull period for the market. However, trade also saw limited changes towards the end of Q3, where the market usually sees an uptick in the traditional peak autumn months.
Nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 supply remained ample throughout Q3 despite reduced rates in the nylon and upstream capro markets. Gradual demand recovery allowed some producers – previously operating at heavily reduced rates – to ramp up output. Overall availability remained good as nylon producers followed downstream demand requirements closely.
Demand for nylon 6 and 6,6 gradually recovered from the destructive effects that the widespread coronavirus lockdowns had on industrial output rates and end-consumer demand. Consumer confidence rose as buyers slowly adapted to the new normal. Demand for nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 picked up in Q3 for all downstream applications, including major consumer, the automotive industry.
Supply for US nylon 6 and 6,6 was ample as demand slowly recovered from the coronavirus lockdown. Generally, supply was long amid soft demand, and some operators reduced run rates to keep pace with the demand erosion. No planned turnarounds occurred. INVISTA shut down operations at its Orange, Texas, facility ahead of Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in Louisiana in late August, but the outage had little effect on the market.
US demand for nylon hinged on the revival of the auto and construction sectors after the coronavirus brought the economy to a halt. The auto industry began to rebound in the third quarter although production was down significantly. The sector is not expected to recover until well into next year. The construction sector was stronger, which boosted Nylon 6 interest. Nylon demand continued to show gradual improvement near the end of the quarter.
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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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