While we increased nylon tabs by 6%, we have been paying much higher prices (about 25%) for key raw materials like cyclohexane and caprolactum
Asia-Pacific is expected to dominate this market with its increasing demand for cyclohexane in different applications, especially the adipic acid and caprolactum
According to Mark Dobson, the director of BASF's caprolactum
business, the price increase will be approximately 8 percent.
With a view to restoring good health to our largest and oldest industry the duty on PTA is being reduced from 25 per cent to 15 percent, on polyester chips, from 30 per cent to 20 per cent, on polyester staple fibre from 30 per cent to 20 per cent and on a caprolactum
from 25 per cent to 15 per cent.
One of the notable incidents which forced the governments to develop safety legislation is the cyclohexane vapor cloud explosion that occurred in 1974 in a caprolactum
plant in Flixborough, U.
production recovered in 2009 to over 4 million tons after declining below that level since 2005.
Table 49: China, Caprolactam Industry, Installed Plant Capacity by SNIA Caprolactum
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The duty on caprolactum
, the basic raw material for nylon, is being brought down to 45 percent from 60 percent.
Local facilities apart from nitrogenous fertilizers are therefore confined mainly to the production of nylon and polyester fibres based on petrochemical related imported intermediate raw materials such as Caprolactum
, PTA and M.
production dwindled to a 6-year low of less than 4 million tons in 2008.
prices rose 18% in USA and by 22% in Asia in 2005, largely reflecting the surging benzene values.
The "Nylon Chain Report: 2008" contains over 102 pages packed with up-to-date statistics and objective analysis of the trends and recent development of the nylon Industry covering the entire value chain beginning from benzene further to intermediate - caprolactum
, down to nylon fibre and filaments.