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Global Caprolactam Market 2016-2020

About Caprolactam

Caprolactam is an intermediate polymer that is used in the production of nylon 6 fibers and nylon 6 resins, accounting for 98% of the total caprolactam produced globally. Nylon 6 has properties such as chemical resistance, damage resistance from oils, and abrasion resistance. In addition, it has excellent strength and elasticity.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global caprolactam market to grow at a CAGR of 6.93% during the period 2016-2020.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global caprolactam market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the retail the sales of nylon 6 resins and nylon 6 fibers by considering 2015 as the base year.

The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Caprolactam Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • Honeywell
  • BASF
  • DSM
  • UBE Industries
  • Capro
Market driver
  • Rising demand from automobile sector.
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Market challenge
  • Large volumes of ammonium sulfate waste.
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Market trend
  • Shift in focus toward bio-based nylon 6 polymers.
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Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Caprolactam Market 2016-2020

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global caprolactam market: Honeywell, BASF, DSM, UBE Industries, and Capro.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One of latest trends in the market is shift in focus toward bio-based nylon 6 polymers. The companies that are producing nylon 6 polymers will shift to the production of bio-based nylon 6 polymers in the coming years as this will reduce emissions by more than 80%. Moreover, the use of renewable resources will also reduce the cost of production of nylon 6 polymers. BASF, developed and successfully produced a castor oil-based polymer in the early 1960s. The company has been developing more bio-based products and increasing its product portfolio in this sector. Ultramid Balance, a nylon 6 polymer is composed of 60% sebacic acid, a castor oil derivative. This product outperforms its standard nylon 6 products, offering higher stability and resistance to chemicals. In addition, the production of bio-based nylon 6 will not be dependent on fluctuating crude oil prices, thereby maintaining the prices of nylon 6 in the coming years.”

According to the report, one of the primary drivers in the market is commercial importance of nylon. Since its first production in 1935, nylon resins and fibers have been extensively used in many applications. Non-conducting and heat resistant properties of nylon have increased its use in the electronics industry. Since nylon 6 has a low coefficient of friction, it is being used in sliding or rotating mechanisms. The surface abrasive wear-resistant properties of nylon allow for its use in the manufacture of industrial bearings. Nylon has high temperature resistance and can be dyed with the desired color for aesthetic appeal. Therefore, it is used in the manufacture of cooking utensils and appliances such as forks, tongs, brushes, slotted spoons, and spatulas. Further, nylon offers an excellent non-stick surface finish.

Further, the report states that one major challenge in the market is hygroscopic nature of caprolactam. Polymerized caprolactam absorbs water during its production process and water accounts for 2%-3% of its original weight. This reduces stiffness and abrasion resistance capacity of caprolactam. Although caprolactam can be processed at lower temperatures, it makes it difficult to use nylon 6 in applications involving higher temperatures. Nylon 6 is known for its high shrinkage in molded sections, which is due to its hygroscopic behavior. The dimensional instability associated with products are often attributed to the hygroscopic nature of caprolactam. This also makes it susceptible to the effects of oxidizing agents, acids, and bases.

Companies Mentioned

Honeywell, BASF, DSM, UBE Industries, Capro.

  • Executive summary
    • Highlights
  • Scope of the report
    • Market overview
      • Table Global caprolactam market
      • Table Global caprolactam market by application
      • Table Global caprolactam market by end-user
      • Table Global caprolactam market by feedstock
      • Table Global caprolactam market by geography
  • Market research methodology
    • Research methodology
    • Economic indicators
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
    • Process lifecycle
      • Table Process lifecycle of caprolactam
  • Market landscape
    • Global caprolactam market
    • Market size and forecast by revenue
      • Table Global caprolactam market by revenue 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Market size and forecast by volume
      • Table Global caprolactam market by volume 2015-2020 (millions of metric tons)
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by application
    • Global caprolactam market by application
      • Market overview
        • Table Global caprolactam market by application ($ billions)
    • Global market for nylon 6 fiber
      • Table Global caprolactam market for nylon 6 fiber 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global caprolactam market for nylon 6 resin
      • Table Global caprolactam market for nylon 6 resin 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global caprolactam market for other applications
      • Table Global caprolactam market for other applications 2015-2020 ($ millions)
  • Market segmentation by end-user
    • End-user applications of nylon 6 fibers
      • Table End-user applications of nylon 6 fibers 2015 and 2020
      • Table Global nylon 6 fiber market in textiles segment 2015-2020 ($ billions)
      • Table Global nylon 6 fiber market in carpets segment 2015-2020 ($ billions)
      • Table Global nylon 6 fiber market in industrial yarns segment 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • End use applications of nylon 6 resins
      • Table Global nylon 6 market by end-user resins 2015 and 2020
      • Table Global nylon 6 resin market in automotive segment 2015-2020 ($ billions)
      • Table Global nylon 6 resin market in electricals segment 2015-2020 ($ millions)
      • Table Global nylon 6 resin market in consumer goods segment 2015-2020 ($ millions)
      • Table Global nylon 6 resin market in films and coatings segment 2015-2020 ($ millions)
      • Table Global nylon 6 resin market in other industries 2015-2020 ($ millions)
  • Market segmentation by feedstock
    • Global caprolactam market by feedstock
      • Market overview
        • Table Global caprolactam market break-up by feedstock 2015
  • Geographic segmentation
    • Market overview
      • Table Global caprolactam market by geography 2015 and 2020
    • Caprolactam market in APAC
      • Table Caprolactam market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global caprolactam market in EMEA
      • Table Caprolactam market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Caprolactam market in Americas
      • Table Caprolactam market in Americas 2015-2020 ($ billions)
  • Key leading countries
    • Key leading countries in global caprolactam market
      • Table Key leading countries
      • Table Overview of caprolactam market in China
      • Table Overview of caprolactam market in Germany
      • Table Overview of caprolactam market in US
  • Market drivers
    • Commercial importance of nylon
    • Growing economies: A boon
    • Rising demand from automobile sector
      • Table Electric vehicles market in China 2015-2020 (thousands of units)
      • Table China electric vehicles sales 2015
      • Table Comparative analysis of electric vehicle sales to total vehicle sales in China 2015
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Hygroscopic nature of caprolactam
    • Volatile raw material prices
      • Table Crude oil price 2009-2015 ($ per barrel)
    • Large volumes of ammonium sulfate waste
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • Bio-refineries: The future of petroleum
      • Table Applications of biomass
    • Shift in focus toward bio-based nylon 6 polymers
    • Technological advances
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Major market vendors
      • Table Global caprolactam market: Major vendors
    • Global customer base concentration
      • Table Global caprolactam market: Concentration of customer base by region 2015
  • Key vendor analysis
    • BASF
      • Table BASF: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table BASF: Segmentation of revenue by geography 2015
    • Capro Industries
    • DSM
    • Honeywell
      • Table Honeywell: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Honeywell: Revenue segmentation by geography 2015
    • UBE Industries
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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