Caprolactam refers to a colorless solid compound formed by caproic acid used while manufacturing synthetic fibers, mainly Nylon 6 & Nylon 6.6. It plays a crucial role in the textile industry and undergoes captive consumption in the polyamide production process. Rapidly growing requirements for Nylon 6 fibers & resins worldwide are directly impacting the demand for caprolactam and, consequently, creating new directions for manufacturers to expand their production & distribution capacities and yield significant profits.
The Global Caprolactam Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4% during the forecast period, i.e., 2023-28. Most of the market expansion would be propelled by the flourishing textile industry, especially in Asia-Pacific, coupled with the mounting demand for plastics in the construction, automotive, & electrical & electronics sectors. Moreover, various ongoing technological innovations toward improving the caprolactam manufacturing process in order to reduce ammonium sulfate production are also projected to boost the market in the forecast years.
|Study Period||Historical Data: 2018-21|
|Base Year: 2022|
|Forecast Period: 2023-28|
|Regions Covered||North America: United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico|
|South America: Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Uruguay, Paraguay|
|Europe: Germany, France, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Romania,|
|Asia-Pacific: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam|
|Middle East & Africa: Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Turkey, South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria|
|Key Companies Profiled||Royal DSM NV, BASF SE, Sumitomo Chemicals Limited, Honeywell Chemical Intermediates, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, Gujarat State Fertilizers Corporation, Capro Corporation, IRPC Public Company Limited, China National Petroleum Corporation, Sinopec Refining and Chemical Company, Fibrant, Lanxess AG, UBsE Industries Limited, Juhua Group Corporation, Advansix Inc., PJSC Kuibyshevazot, Toray Industries Inc., Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical, Shandong Haili Chemical Industry Co. Ltd, KurskKhimvolokno Limited|
|Unit Denominations||USD Million/Billion|
The demand for caprolactam largely relies on that of Nylon 6 fibers & resins, which are used extensively in various applications like textile yarn, industrial yarn, engineering plastics, carpet fibers, and staple fibers. The ever-growing requirements for engineering plastics & films in the automotive sector for manufacturing engine covers, gears, & bearings owing to their superior resistance to oils & greases would also create lucrative prospects for the caprolactam industry through 2028.
Based on End-Product:
Of both, Nylon 6 Fibres dominate the Global Caprolactam Market, owing to their burgeoning demand for textile & carpet manufacturing worldwide. One of the prime applications of caprolactam is the production of Nylon 6 fibers, which are lightweight & wrinkle proof, exhibit high strength, and superior resistance to abrasion, as well as chemicals like acids & alkalis. These properties of Nylon 6 make them widely acceptable for applications in sportswear, swimwear, hosiery, & fashion wear and provide an excellent stretch-fit when combined with spandex fibers. Hence, the ever-increasing demand for Nylon 6 fibers is significantly contributing to the expansion of the caprolactam industry globally.
Geographically, the Global Caprolactam Market expands across:
Of all regions globally, Asia-Pacific dominates the Caprolactam Market, with China being the largest consumer of caprolactam worldwide. It owes primarily to the enormous manufacturing of polyamide in the country, which requires a tremendous volume of caprolactam. Moreover, the increasing number of automotive & appliance manufacturing plants, particularly in India & China, coupled with the mounting production & sales of passenger cars in these countries, are other prominent aspects projected to contribute notably to regional market expansion in the coming years. Additionally, the flourishing textile industry in China, Japan, & South Korea and the rapidly surging carpet exports from China would further create lucrative prospects for the Asia-Pacific Caprolactam Market through 2028.
Since the demand for bio-based caprolactam in the field of engineering plastics and films along with the need for lightweight automotive vehicles is like to drive the caprolactam market in the upcoming years. Additionally, due to the expansion of the automotive and electronics industries, as well as the rising demand for plastics in the construction, electronics sectors, and automotive is growing, this could be another factor in the growing caprolactam market.
Amongst the various restraints identified, the instability of raw material prices for producing the compound remains at the top of the list. Unstable raw material prices and concentration of demand for the compound in a few countries are some major challenges in the market. Because of the constant ups and down in the price of raw materials, firms witness variability in the margin eventually results in delaying their expansion plants. Additionally, companies producing caprolactam face different challenges and sanctions of strict regulations and inadequate infrastructure.
Key Questions Answered in the Market Research Report:
Frequently Asked Questions
A. The Caprolactam Market is projected to grow at a CAGR of around 4% during 2023-28.
A. The booming textile & automotive industries, especially in Asia-Pacific, coupled with the ever-growing demand for plastics in various applications, are set to drive the Caprolactam Market during 2023-28.
A. Royal DSM, BASF, Sumitomo Chemicals, Honeywell Chemical Intermediates, China Petroleum and Chemical Corporation, Gujarat State Fertilizers, Capro, IRPC Public Company, China National Petroleum Corporation, Sinopec Refining, and Chemical, Fibrant, Lanxess, UBsE, Juhua Group, Advantix, PJSC, Kuibyshevazot, Toray Industries Inc, Fujian Jinjiang Petrochemical, Shandong Haili Chemical, and KurskKhimvolokno Limited are the prominent companies operating in the Caprolactam Market.
A. Textile Manufacturing would continue creating new avenues for the leading players in the Caprolactam Market during 2023-28.
A. Globally, Asia-Pacific would offer lucrative prospects to the Caprolactam Market during 2023-28.