Understanding Nylon Fabrics in 2024: Features, Benefits and Market Trends

       Nylon, also known as polyamide, is a synthetic fiber categorized under polyamide fibers, available in both filament and staple forms.

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Properties of Nylon


        Nylon boasts remarkable abrasion resistance, surpassing all other fibers. Its durability is unparalleled, being ten times stronger than cotton fibers, ten times stronger in dry state than viscose fibers, and 140 times stronger in wet conditions. Therefore, it exhibits exceptional longevity.

        The luster of nylon is relatively dull, with a surface resembling a slightly waxed texture, appearing somewhat chaotic. The colors are not vibrant. It has a stiff feel, leaving creases when tightly pinched, but slowly recovers its original state. It exhibits great tensile and tear strength.

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Advantages of Nylon Fabric

1. Nylon fabric is highly abrasion-resistant, ensuring exceptional durability.
2. It possesses good moisture absorption properties, providing comfortable wear compared to polyester garments.
3. Nylon fabric is lightweight, making it suitable for outdoor wear like hiking clothes and winter garments. Additionally, it offers excellent elasticity and elastic recovery.

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Disadvantages of Nylon Fabric

1. It tends to deform under minor external forces, resulting in wrinkles and folds during wear.

2. Nylon fabric has poor heat and light resistance, requiring careful washing and maintenance to preserve its quality.

Nylon Distinctive Features

1. Excellent mechanical properties: Nylon exhibits high mechanical strength and good toughness.2. Self-lubrication and excellent abrasion resistance: Nylon has low friction coefficients, ensuring prolonged service life as a transmission component.
3. Good elasticity and fatigue resistance: Nylon can withstand tens of thousands of flexural cycles.
4. Excellent corrosion resistance: It is resistant to mildew, moth, and alkalis but susceptible to acids and oxidants.
5. Good dyeing properties: Nylon can be dyed easily.
6. Low relative density: Nylon is one of the lightest fibers, with a density ranging from 1.04 to 1.14, excluding polyolefin fibers.

Nylon Market Trends in 2023 :

         In 2023, the domestic nylon filament prices experienced two rounds of increases followed by declines, showing an overall upward trend throughout the year. Despite steady growth in nylon production capacity, the industry faced unsatisfactory profits due to persistent oversupply, leading to price fluctuations driven by cost changes.

        According to price monitoring by a business association, nylon filament prices across various types rose in 2023, with POY (11.54%), DTY (11.31%), and FDY (10.70%) seeing significant increases.

        From the price trend chart, the lowest point for nylon DTY prices occurred in early January 2023 due to declining upstream raw material prices and reduced new orders in downstream weaving sectors after policy adjustments, resulting in a sharp decline in market prices to an average of 16,980 yuan per ton.

         The highest point for nylon DTY prices was in September 2023, reaching 19,240 yuan per ton. This surge was driven by tight supply of upstream raw materials and strong demand in the traditional peak season for textiles. As production capacity expanded, domestic nylon filament supply increased further, reaching 4 million tons in 2023, a 0.9% increase from the previous year. Nylon production is expected to reach 3.528 million tons, up 7.8% from 2022.

         Demand for nylon continued to grow steadily in 2023, with apparent consumption reaching 3.216 million tons, a 7.3% increase from the previous year. This growth can be attributed to the expanding textile industry and ongoing innovation and expansion of product quality and application areas. Nylon, with its outstanding properties, has become an indispensable material in various fields such as clothing, decoration, and industry.

2024 Properties, Advantages, and Market Trends

         First of all, the macro economy will continue to recover in 2024, especially in the second half of the year. Although the market supply may still be in excess, with the gradual growth of downstream demand and the positive impact of the macro economy as the traditional textile peak season approaches, the trading atmosphere of the nylon market in 2024 will be improved. improve.

         Secondly, as the main raw material of nylon, caprolactam’s fundamentals will improve as downstream demand gradually recovers, and the average price may rise in 2024, which will provide positive support for nylon. To sum up, SunSirs analysts predict that the domestic nylon filament market will experience a weak first and then strong trend in 2024, and market price fluctuations will become more frequent.


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