World Analysis – Nylon Feedstocks

  • Market Overview
  • Key Benefits
  • Service Features
  • Annual Table of Contents

Market Overview

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

Nylon is a term that refers to a family of organic polymers known as polyamides, which is characterized by a functional group amide (NH-CO). Developed in 1930s, nylon was the first commercially successful synthetic thermoplastic polymer. Nylon has high resistance to wear, heat, and chemicals, so it can be used in the production of fiber, film, and molding compounds. Nylon encompasses a range of material types where nylon 6 and nylon 6,6 are by far the most successful and highest-volume members of this material family. This analysis concentrates on the feedstocks for nylon 6 and nylon 6,6, including:

  • Cyclohexane, a derivative of benzene used almost exclusively as a precursor for caprolactam and adipic acid to produce nylon 6 and nylon 6,6, respectively.
  • Caprolactam, for producing nylon 6.
  • Adipic acid, used in combination with hexamethylenediamine in the formation of nylon 6,6.
  • Hexamethylenediamine and its primary feedstock, adiponitrile, a derivative of either butadiene, propylene, or adipic acid.

Nylon 6 is produced from caprolactam, so named because it has six carbon atoms in the basic unit. Caprolactam is synthesized from cyclohexanone, which is produced from benzene by either phenol via hydrogenation, cyclohexane via oxidation, or cyclohexene via hydration. Cyclohexanone reacts with ammonia-derived hydroxylamine to form cyclohexanone oxime, which undergoes molecular rearrangement to form seven-membered ring caprolactam. On the other hand, two of the ingredients that are used to synthesize nylon 6,6, adipic acid and hexamethylenediamine (HMDA), each contain six carbon atoms. Adipic acid is produced from a mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone, which is also known as KA oil, and can be made from cyclohexane, cyclohexene, or phenol. Adiponitrile is the primary feedstock for HMDA, and there are two main processes for making adiponitrile. In the first case, butadiene is reacted with hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen to make adiponitrile. The second approach dimerizes acrylonitrile to adiponitrile in an electrolytic cell.

Key Benefits

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050

The World Analysis – Nylon Fibers provides a comprehensive analysis and key insights into critical market developments as they shape the future outlook for the global nylon fibers market.

The following reports, data files, analytical tools and visualization modules are available online and can be downloaded from our website:

  • Direct Access to the Subject Matter Experts
  • In-depth exploration of present market strategic insights, recognition of critical challenges, and presentation of our experts’ forecasts and analysis
  • Explanatory Notes detailing data sources, methodologies, unit and conversion factors, and World Analysis deliverables.
  • Energy and Economy assumptions
  • Price, cost, and margin base assumptions forecast and sensitivities analysis, including price assessment methodology and price definitions across all regions.
  • Excel data files with standard supply/demand graphics and price forecasts extended to 2050, trade grids with country and regional trade flows Data appendix (Excel) with supply/demand, capacity and trade tables.
  • An online dashboard visualization of capacity, supply/demand, trade grids, and price, cost and margin forecasts
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser
  • Data Appendix (Excel) with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Capacity by company/shareholder, capacity integration, top producer/consumer and surplus/deficit capacity ranking, and ownership/subsidiary information

Data is provided for the following products:

Supply/demand balances:

  • Nylon Polymerization
  • Nylon Chip/Resin
  • Nylon Staple Fiber
  • Nylon Bulked Continuous Filament
  • Nylon Industrial Filament
  • Nylon Textile Filament


  • Nylon 6 Chip/Resin
  • Nylon 6,6 Chip/Resin
  • Nylon Staple Fiber
  • Nylon Bulked Continuous Filament
  • Nylon Industrial Filament
  • Nylon Textile Filament

This World Analysis contains detailed information on capacities, production, demand, and trade for all significant producing and consuming countries and regions. Although data gathering is essential for understanding history and potential future trends, we believe that the interpretation and analysis of the data is the most valuable information to our clients.

Service Features

Duration: Long-term outlook to 2050


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050
Area Coverage: By country/region; include “hypothetical” capacity changes in the forecast period
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane (CHX), Caprolactam (CPL), Adipic Acid, HMDA, Nylon Polymerization


Frequency: Updated daily
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 10-year forecasts available from periods 1990 – 2050

  • Nameplate capacity on individual plant location by producer and by the shareholder for main study products + essential derivatives
  • Integration table and top producer and consumer ranking tables (includes net surplus/deficit)
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane, Cyclohexanol/one, Caprolactam, Adipic Acid, HMDA, Adponitrile, Nylon 6 & 6,6 Chip/Resin, Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT)


Frequency: Quarterly
Format: Excel
Timeframe: up to 2050
Area Coverage: For the critical regions of North America (US), Europe & Asia
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane, Caprolactam, Adipic Acid


Frequency: Bi-annual
Format: Excel
Timeframe: 1 year of history, up to 10 years of forecast
Area Coverage: Between partner countries and by region
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane, Caprolactam, Adipic Acid, HMDA, Adiponitrile


Frequency: Annual
Format: PDF/HTML
Timeframe: 5-year history, forecast to 2050
Coverage: Regional market summaries

  • Production economics/snapshots for selected regions/processes
  • Production process/technology overview
Chemical Coverage: Cyclohexane (CHX), Caprolactam (CPL), Adipic Acid, Adiponitrile HMDA


  • Access to our global team of subject matter experts
  • Interactive data visualization module (dashboard)
  • Standard supply/demand graphs
  • Data appendix with supply/demand and capacity tables
  • Supply/demand and capacity database access via data browser

Annual Table of Contents

  • Introduction 5
  • Executive Overview 7
  • Strategic Insights 14
  • Economic forecast update 14
  • Continuous expansions in mainland China reshuffle the nylon industry 14
  • Cyclohexane demand growth is set to remain subdued 15
  • ADN is facing a structural shift with emerging ADN capacity in mainland China 16
  • Non-nylon demand for ADA will remain strong, supported by the PBAT market 16
  • Recycling and environmental sustainability will have only minor impacts on demand for conventional feedstocks in the near term 17
  • North America 19
  • South America 27
  • West Europe 33
  • Central Europe 42
  • CIS & Baltic States 46
  • Africa 51
  • Middle East 53
  • Indian Subcontinent 59
  • Mainland China 64
  • Other Northeast Asia 71
  • Southeast Asia 78
  • Production Process Overview 84
  • Introduction 84
  • Cyclohexane 84
  • Caprolactam 85
  • Adipic Acid 87
  • Adiponitrile 87
  • Hexamethylenediamine 88
  • Production Process Economics 89
  • Explanatory Notes 89
  • Production Process Economics 90
  • Price Forecast 93
  • Methodology 93
  • Nylon Feedstocks 94
  • Cyclohexane 94
  • Caprolactam 95
  • Adipic Acid 96
  • Hexamethylenediamine 97
  • Nylon Chip/Resin 98
  • Price Forecast Tables 100
  • Supply/demand forecast methodology 102

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Anthony Tso

Anthony Tso Director, Asia Aromatics Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Anthony Tso is the Director for Asia Aromatics at Chemical Market Analytics. Anthony Tso is the director for aromatics and fibers in Asia at Chemical Market Analytics. During his five years with the company, he has covered a variety of aromatics products and has a strong understanding of how these related markets intertwine. With over 16 years of cumulative experience in the petrochemical industry, Anthony has been providing insights to aid corporations navigate an ever-changing business environment. Anthony’s current research expertise is in aromatics feedstocks, including reformate and pyrolysis gasoline, and aromatics gasoline blending components like toluene and xylenes. He provides primary input to the ‘Global Aromatics Weekly Report,’ ‘Asia Aromatics Monthly Report,’ World Toluene and Mixed Xylenes analyses and World Pygas analyses. He has also previously built a strong reputation and offered insights into the Asian nylon feedstocks, fibers and resins markets. Anthony is a veteran in refining and petrochemicals, including olefins, aromatics, and motor gasoline blending. Before joining Chemical Market Analytics, he worked with S&P Global, focusing on supply/ demand modeling, developing blending methodology, and analyzing naphtha and petrochemical feedstock flows. Previously, he worked for almost 10 years with ExxonMobil, taking up multiple roles, including experience in project and process engineering, feedstock planning, product optimization and manufacturing economics for integrated refining and petrochemical plants. Mr. Tso holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from the National University of Singapore and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from Northumbria University.
Meiko Woo

Meiko Woo Executive Director, Global Nylon Fibres & Feedstocks Chemical Market Analytics by OPIS

Meiko Woo is an Executive Director for Global Nylon Fibers and Feedstocks service at Chemical Market Analytics. Meiko Woo is the service leader for the nylon fibers and feedstocks service at Chemical Market Analytics. She also contributes to the polyester fibers and feedstocks service in North America. With over 20 years of experience, Meiko is a key resource within the business for understanding and insight into the fibers sector of the petrochemical industry. Meiko has developed an international reputation for providing meaningful analysis and actionable solutions for customers to optimize their business position concerning the nylon and polyester fibers industry. Her relevant skills include a keen commercial and technical understanding of the nylon and polyester value chain and robust analytical capabilities to drive toward data-driven conclusions. Before joining the predecessor of Chemical Market Analytics in 2009, Meiko worked for six years with Invista in Taiwan. She started as a process engineer and was promoted to Utility Area Plant Manager in 2004 and T10 Technical Plant Manager in 2006 before shifting to a commercial role in early 2007 and working as a planning and technical service manager. With her strong technical background, she liaised between the commercial team and manufacturing. Meiko has a Master's in Environmental Engineering from the National Chiao Tung University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the National Taiwan University.

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