Nylon textile demand 25-02-2023

Nylon textile demand

-Nylon: how is textile demand?

After the Spring Festival, nylon market has experienced a round of rapid growth and then a gradual decline. The early rapid rise has little to do with the textile sector, and the recent decline is still not dominated by it either. The demand for textile filament and fabric is neither good nor too bad, and the existence in this round is low and passive. The rhythm of upstream and downstream is inconsistent, which leads to the disruption of the normal procurement pace and the hindrance of price transmission.

NFY market has failed to catch up with CPL or HS chip increase before or after the Spring Festival. Due to the early stop of filament and fabric mills before the Spring Festival, their increase following uptrend was limited. Nylon textile demand

CPL and chip market rapidly rose in the first week after the holiday, while as the downstream has just started, nylon filament market could not digest the increase in time, although the offers had risen by 1000-1600yuan/mt or more, the effective transactions were thin. When downstream had concentrated resumption of production, CPL market had begun to fall, leading to the spread of panic. When nylon filament price was up to 13,000-13,300yuan/mt, CPL was in a stalemate. The decline in NFY was also narrower than upstream.

Demand is a deciding factor in whether or not CPL could step out of current weak consolidation. CPL spot price has tumbled more than 1,000yuan/mt, and there is not a solid bottom formed yet. For CPL market alone, there is no particular pressure from its own fundamentals, and upstream benzene has been firm recently. The key point at current status is demand side. Nylon textile demand

Modified plastics and textiles, two major applications of nylon industry, have certain common points. There are still raw material stocks in those plants, and insufficient demand could not support them or their corresponding polymer plants to ramp up operating rate so far. In textile market particularly, demand performance becomes a key factor for the trend of upstream in late market.

  1. NFY inventory is limited, gap between two kinds of inventory narrows down

From December 2022 to early January 2023, NFY factories took orders intensively, and their inventory after cutting out the volume for backorders dropped sharply. However, enterprises had different expectations and practiced differently, resulting in a great disparity in the pre-sale situation. Some NFY mills had oversold for more than a month, some less for 10-15 days, and still some others had no backorders, whose inventory was 20-30 days or above 40 days. Nylon textile demand

After the Spring Festival, most NFY mills focused on delivery of their backorders, and the daily delivery volume of some mills was up to 2 times the output, and the inventory in stock gradually decreased. But the price fluctuated greatly, which led to the caution of new purchasing orders from downstream and the continuous rise of the inventory considering backorders. For a small number of NFY mills that received fewer orders before the Spring Festival, new orders were mainly traded after the holiday, and their inventory considering the backorders gradually declined.

With the passage of time, the difference between the inventory in stock and inventory considering the backorders is gradually narrowing. By Feb 20, the average NFY inventory in stock is less than 24 days, and the inventory considering backorders is around 10 days, both which belong to the relatively low and medium level. Nylon textile demand

  1. NFY plant operation recovers to planned level, hard to elevated further

After the Spring Festival, although the slow return of workers has somewhat slowed down the pace of operating rate rise in NFY mills, they have now basically recovered it to the planned level, with the average load of the industry at 78%.

However, there are great differences among different manufacturers, among which: filament factories in Fujian and Guangdong with more pre-sales have recovered run rate to above 90%, some to 70-80%; mainstream plants in Zhejiang have recovered to 75-85%, with a small part above 90%, some below 70%; plants in Jiangsu are basically running at 50-60%, with very few ones at 70-100%. Nylon textile demand

Filament factories with good orders are close to their highest operating rate, and there is basically no room for improvement in the short term; for mills with general order taking and high inventory, there is no need to increase production in the short term, given that raw material market does not show clear direction. Therefore, the current industry operating rate of nylon textile filament plants has touched a periodical highest level and is difficult to improve significantly. Nylon textile demand


Nylon textile demand

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-JEC World 2023 preview: Freudenberg Performance Materials

Freudenberg Performance Materials is presenting an extended range of surfacing veils and core materials for the production of lightweight composite parts.

A new Flex option for the Dieffenbacher (Eppingen, Germany) Fibercon system expands customers’ application possibilities by making consolidation possible independent of the tape layup geometry and layup thickness. This option is available as a retrofit or as part of a new Fibercon system. Freudenberg automotive industries

The Dieffenbacher Fibercon system consolidates tape layups into near-net shape laminates with high quality and porosity of less than 1%. According to the company, Fibercon achieves exceptionally good material properties for high-quality components, making it ideal for large-scale production of individual component-specific tape layups. It’s even possible to process high-performance thermoplastics without further adaptation.

Vacuum consolidation of the tape layups in the standard Fibercon version takes place between two frames with transparent glass inserts. In the new Flex version, the upper frame comes with a flexible sheet that automatically adapts to the contour of the tape layup. Freudenberg automotive industries

Many applications, especially in the sports and leisure and automotive industries, can benefit from the new Flex option, explains Marco Hahn, director sales of the Forming Business Unit at Dieffenbacher. “In manufacturing bicycle frames and rims with high component diversity, for example — for which the Fibercon is well suited — the new Flex option simplifies production.” Variable layup thicknesses and geometries of up to 4 mm can be consolidated with high quality but without component-specific tools.

With a temperature range of up to 250°C, the Fibercon Flex option is said to be the ideal consolidation system for all polypropylene (PP) and polyamide 6 (PA6) applications, regardless of the type of fiber used. Freudenberg automotive industries

Compared to conventional laminating presses, Dieffenbacher says the Fibercon delivers significantly higher product quality, as thickness variations in the component are preserved, and neither squeeze flow nor fiber ondulations occur. Unlike permanently heated laminating presses, the Fibercon heats the product directly, without any peripherals and only during actual consolidation. In this way, pause and setup times are bridged without energy input or long heating processes. This makes the Fibercon consolidation system energy efficient and resource-saving.

“Each Fibercon is equipped with three pairs of frames as standard.

With the new Flex option, each customer can choose how many of these frame pairs to equip with the standard glass insert and how many with the new flexible sheet. This ensures maximum flexibility,” says Hahn. Freudenberg automotive industries

“Existing installations can also be retrofitted with the Flex option at any time and with minimal effort.”


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