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Nylon 6
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About Nylon. Nylon 6 (a.k.a. Polycaprolactam, Polyamide 6) is one of the main commercial nylons along with Nylon 6-6. The term ‘Nylon’ refers basically to polyamides, which are high polymers containing the amide repeat linkage in the polymer backbone. Those polymers not only were the first engineering thermoplastics, but still are the most important ones among these types of material.

Polyamides can be manufactured from different monomers and in different ways, depending on the intended end-uses. In this context, the two most common methods to produce polyamides are the polycondensation reaction from ω-amino acids, which leads to polyamides with amide linkages with the same orientation along the polymer backbone (type AB), and the polycondensation reaction of diacids and diamines, forming polyamides where the amide linkages alternate in orientation along the backbone (type AABB).

Nylon 6 is the polyamide produced from the ring-opening polymerization of caprolactam. Caprolactam polymerization can be carried out in both batch and continuous processes. While acids, bases, or water can be used as initiators, the hydrolytic polymerization initiated by water is commonly used.

Nylon Handling. It must be store in a dry, cool and ventilated area, with containers tightly closed. Also, it is necessary to protect from source of flame, heat and ignition.

Nylon Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Nylon are listed below.

  • Caprolactam (amide formation)

Nylon Uses. The uses and applications of Nylon 6 may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Nylon 6 are pellets; fiber; and resins.

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  • Nylon 6, SEA (Southeast Asia): Nylon 6, export transaction price, fob, Thailand
  • Nylon 6, CN (China): Nylon 6, import spot price, cfr, China

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Nylon Price Outlook. The price of Nylon 6 (United States) increased during April 2019 to 2,940 USD per metric ton, which represents a rise of 5% compared to the previous month’s value. On a year-over-year basis, the prices of Nylon 6 (United States) decreased modestly by 1%. Meanwhile, the average price of Nylon 6 (China) amounted to 1,840 USD per metric ton, from 2,360 USD per metric ton one year earlier. On a month-over-month basis, the price of Nylon 6 (China) was flat.

The price of Nylon 6 (Southeast Asia) rose slightly throughout April 2019, reaching 2,040 USD per metric ton.  The price is 3% higher than the average price in the previous month and 17% lower than the average price one year before. In contrast, the prices of Nylon 6 (Europe) decreased modestly during April 2019, reaching 2,060 USD per metric ton, which means a decline of 4% from the previous month’s price and a decline of 8% from the previous year’s price. 

The prices of Nylon 6 (South America) experienced a rise of 110 USD per metric ton from the prior month's price, to 2,490 USD per metric ton. Such price movement meant a rise of 5% on a monthly basis and a rise of 2% on a yearly basis.

About Nylon. Nylon 6 (a.k.a. Polycaprolactam, Polyamide 6) is one of the main commercial nylons along with Nylon 6-6. The term ‘Nylon’ refers basically to polyamides, which are high polymers containing the amide repeat linkage in the polymer backbone. Those polymers not only were the first engineering thermoplastics, but still are the most important ones among these types of material.

Polyamides can be manufactured from different monomers and in different ways, depending on the intended end-uses. In this context, the two most common methods to produce polyamides are the polycondensation reaction from ω-amino acids, which leads to polyamides with amide linkages with the same orientation along the polymer backbone (type AB), and the polycondensation reaction of diacids and diamines, forming polyamides where the amide linkages alternate in orientation along the backbone (type AABB).

Nylon 6 is the polyamide produced from the ring-opening polymerization of caprolactam. Caprolactam polymerization can be carried out in both batch and continuous processes. While acids, bases, or water can be used as initiators, the hydrolytic polymerization initiated by water is commonly used.

Nylon Handling. It must be store in a dry, cool and ventilated area, with containers tightly closed. Also, it is necessary to protect from source of flame, heat and ignition.

Nylon Production. Raw materials and the respective production processes employed in the manufacturing of Nylon are listed below.

  • Caprolactam (amide formation)

Nylon Uses. The uses and applications of Nylon 6 may vary according to its specification. The main forms of Nylon 6 are pellets; fiber; and resins.

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