Strong fibers: Ceresana presents market study on polyamides

Tear-resistant fibers, unbreakable components: Polyamides are among the most versatile plastics. Especially the types polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are important. They vary in their chemical constitution. "In 2014, global revenues of 24.4 billion US$ were achieved with these two polyamide types", says Oliver Kutsch, CEO of the market research institute Ceresana. A new study by Ceresana expects sales growth for polyamides from 3.1% per year to around 31.2 billion US$ in 2022.

Market Study Polyamide

Continuous filaments, abrasion-resistant plastics

Synthetic fibers made of polyamide, coloquially called "nylon", are said to be very tear- and abrasion-resistant. They have a very high elasticity and shape stability. Polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are mainly used for the production of textile and industrial filaments, e.g. continuous filaments as well as carpet and staple fibers. A smaller part of around 43% of polyamide production is processed for technical plastics. Polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are used for many different applications - especially for unbreakable pieces and pieces that have to be abrasion-resistant. As polyamides are also resistant to lubricants and fuels, they are often used in the transportation area for example for brake hoses, plug connectors, battery cases, oil sumps, switches and handles. Electrical applications and electronics are the second largest application area. For this segment, Ceresana expects the highest percentage growth of average rates of 4.3% per year until 2022.

Textiles in Asia, gears in Europe

The major part of total demand for polyamide accounts for the type polyamide 6, which is mainly used for textile and industrial filaments. This market is dominated by the Asia-Pacific region that reached a global demand of approx. 68% in 2014. Main reason for this: Asia converted nearly 1.5 billion tonnes of the light, well dyed polyamide 6 into fibers. With regard to the type polyamide 66, technical applications account for almost 56% of global demand - in Western Europe even 71%.

The Study in Brief:

Chapter 1 provides a presentation and analysis of the global market for polyamide (PA6 and PA66), including forecasts up to 2022: revenues development as well as production and demand volumes are analyzed.
Chapter 2 offers a detailed analysis of the polyamide market in the 19 major countries. Data on demand, revenues, production, producers of polyamide and their capacities as well as import and export is provided. The individual countries are examined with regard to application areas. Demand for polyamide are distinguished between the types PA6 and PA66 as well as between technical plastics and fibers.
Chapter 3 analyses the applicaion areas of polyamide. The segments transportation, electrical applications and electronics, consumer goods, packaging and foils, other technical applications, textile filaments, industrial filaments as well as other fiber applications are examined.
In Chapter 4, the product types polyamide 6 and polyamide 66 are examined individually. Demand development as well as application areas are examined with regard to the whole world and the individual regions Wesern Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America and Asia-Pacific.
Chapter 5 provides useful company profiles of the largest producers of polyamides – clearly arranged according to contact details, turnover, profit, product range, production sites, capacities and profile summary.

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