The nylons are polyamides with recurring amide groups. They contain carbon, oxygen, nitrogen, and hydrogen elements. Nylon fibers are one of the fibers having the longest history among synthetic fibers. These fibers are used for a variety of uses, from clothing to home furnishings, and industrial uses. The production of nylon industrial and carpet fibers begins with an aqueous solution of monomers and proceeds continuously through polymerization, spinning, drawing, or draw-texturing. Compared to other synthetic fibers, nylon fibers are resistant to abrasion and flexing, and also has the advantage of having a supple tactile feeling. As a result, thin, light and flexible woven or knitted fabric can be manufactured. Furthermore, an advantage of easy dye-ability has made nylon fibers one of the most sought for fibers in the development of various fabrics for clothing.
Nylon fibers, consumed in textile applications, remained the dominant end-use products in 2013. The Asian region will continue to lead the global demand, at a growth rate of around 2.5% annually, from 2013 to 2018. China’s growing domestic economy, and its major role as a global supplier of durable goods, will fuel the growth of the market for nylon fibers. The global demand for nylon fibers is projected to grow at a CAGR of 2% annually, from 2013 to 2018. In China, the annual growth of this market is projected to be 3.2%.
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Nylon-6 (PA 6) Market:
Nylon-6/6 and Nylon 6 are the most versatile commercial nylon products in the market, having a vast range of uses based on the needs. Nylon 6 is used more for products like Bristles for toothbrushes, sutures for surgery, manufacture of hosiery, knitted garments, and so on. Nylon-6/6, which is also known as Polyamide 6/6, is the semi-crystalline polyamide commonly used in fiber applications such as carpeting, clothing, and tire cords.
Nylon 6 is a versatile synthetic material that can be formed into fibers, sheets, filaments or bristles. These are in turn used in the production of fabric, yarn, and cordage. It is in fact one of the most widely-used of all commercial nylons. It is a semi-crystalline material that is highly valued for its strength, elasticity, and durability. Other properties that make it a highly valued manufacturing medium include its capacity to withstand high pressure, temperatures, and chemicals such as acids, alkalines, and solvents. With such numerous properties, nylon 6 market is expected to grow at a steady rate in the coming years.
Nylon-6,6 (PA 6,6) Market:
Nylon 6/6 is one of the most versatile engineering thermoplastics. It is popular in every major market that uses thermoplastic materials. It possesses excellent balance of strength, ductility, and heat resistance. Nylon 6/6 is very easy to process, with a very wide process window. This allows it to be used for everything from complex, thin-walled components to large thick-walled housings. It can also be modified easily modify with fillers, fibers, internal lubricants, and impact modifiers. With the use of fiber reinforcements, the physical strength of nylon 6/6 can be improved by five times that of the base resin. The stiffness of nylon 6/6 can be improved up to 10 times. With impact modifiers, the ductility of nylon 6/6 is comparable to polycarbonate. The use of internal lubricants improves on the excellent wear-resistance and friction properties of nylon 6/6. Its versatility allows it to be used in almost any application that requires high physical strength, ductility, heat resistance, and chemical resistance.
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