Caprolactam Market Report by Source (Cyclohexane, Phenol, Toluene, and Others), End-Product (Nylon 6 Fibers, Nylon 6 Resins, and Others), Application (Industrial Yarns, Engineering Resins and Films, Textiles and Carpets, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

Caprolactam Market Report by Source (Cyclohexane, Phenol, Toluene, and Others), End-Product (Nylon 6 Fibers, Nylon 6 Resins, and Others), Application (Industrial Yarns, Engineering Resins and Films, Textiles and Carpets, and Others), and Region 2024-2032

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Market Overview:

The global caprolactam market size reached US$ 16.8 Billion in 2023. Looking forward, IMARC Group expects the market to reach US$ 24.1 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a growth rate (CAGR) of 4% during 2024-2032. The escalating requirements from the textile industry for high-strength, lightweight materials such as nylon-6 fibers, considerable growth in the construction industry, the augmenting demand from the automotive sector, and continual technological advancements in medical applications represent some of the factors that are propelling the market.

Report Attribute
Key Statistics
Base Year
Forecast Years
Historical Years
Market Size in 2023
US$ 16.8 Billion
Market Forecast in 2032
US$ 24.1 Billion
Market Growth Rate (2024-2032) 4%

Caprolactam refers to a white crystalline organic compound that stands as a vital precursor in the production of nylon 6, a synthetic polymer with widespread industrial applications. It boasts remarkable solubility in water and some organic solvents, and when heated, it undergoes polymerization to yield nylon 6. Its chemical properties highlight its role as a cyclic amide with inherent reactivity, enabling it to partake in various chemical transformations pivotal to industrial processes. The unique working mechanism of caprolactam centers on its capability to undergo ring-opening polymerization, making it instrumental in nylon synthesis.

Caprolactam Market

The market for caprolactam globally is primarily propelled by escalating requirements from the textile industry for high-strength, lightweight materials such as nylon-6 fibers. This, in conjunction with the augmenting demand from the automotive sector, is establishing a supportive environment for market expansion. Moreover, the advent of nylon-6 by-products in packaging industries, credited to its superior mechanical properties and resistance to permeation, is fostering the market growth. Further contributing to this upward trend, caprolactam's significance in the electronics sector for the creation of integral components, presents yet another impactful driver. Also, the rapid product utilization in the fabrication of industrial yarns, brushes, and fishing line materials is aiding in the market's positive development. The global commitment towards sustainability is creating lucrative opportunities in the market, initiating the need for bio-based caprolactam.

Caprolactam Market Trends/Drivers:

Considerable growth in the construction industry

The global caprolactam market is experiencing a substantial boost owing to the ongoing infrastructure and construction boom across various regions. Caprolactam, a crucial raw material for engineering plastics like nylon-6, offers exceptional mechanical properties, including high strength, lightweight, and resistance to wear and tear. These attributes make it an ideal choice for manufacturing construction components such as pipes, fittings, and flooring materials. Additionally, the infrastructure development plans undertaken by various governments worldwide further contribute to the market growth. As countries invest in the modernization and expansion of their transportation networks, energy facilities, and industrial infrastructure, the demand for caprolactam-based materials rises. Moreover, the emphasis on environmentally friendly and energy-efficient construction practices is boosting the use of caprolactam-based materials. The construction industry's inclination towards sustainable building materials has led to the adoption of engineering plastics in place of traditional materials, contributing to the growth of the caprolactam market.

Rising demand for durable consumer products

The burgeoning demand for consumer goods is a key driver for the caprolactam market, as manufacturers increasingly incorporate engineering plastics in their product offerings. Caprolactam-based materials, particularly nylon-6, possess excellent mechanical properties, such as high tensile strength, impact resistance, and flexibility, making them highly desirable for a wide range of consumer products. Caprolactam-based nylon-6 is used in the production of various components, including automotive interiors, exterior trims, and under-the-hood applications. Furthermore, the sports and leisure sector is witnessing a growing demand for durable and high-performance products. Caprolactam-based materials are widely used in the production of sports equipment such as racquets, skis, and snowboards, owing to their strength and resilience. Additionally, nylon-6 is utilized in the manufacturing of household items like kitchen utensils, electronic appliances, and furniture, as it offers enhanced durability and.

Continual advancements in medical applications

The caprolactam market is experiencing significant growth due to the continuous advancements in medical applications. Caprolactam-based polymers, such as medical-grade nylon, are extensively used in the healthcare industry for producing medical devices and surgical instruments. In the medical device sector, caprolactam-based materials find applications in the production of catheters, surgical sutures, and implants, among other critical components. The ability of these materials to withstand rigorous sterilization processes without compromising their properties makes them essential for ensuring patient safety and health. Moreover, the growing demand for drug delivery systems and pharmaceutical packaging further drives the use of caprolactam-based materials in the medical field. The ability of these materials to protect drugs from degradation and maintain their efficacy during storage and transportation is highly valued by pharmaceutical manufacturers.

Caprolactam Industry Segmentation:

IMARC Group provides an analysis of the key trends in each segment of the global caprolactam market report, along with forecasts at the global, regional and country levels from 2024-2032. Our report has categorized the market based on source, end-product and application.

Breakup by Source:

Caprolactam Market

  • Cyclohexane
  • Phenol
  • Toluene
  • Others

Cyclohexane represents the largest market segment

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the source. This includes cyclohexane, phenol, toluene and others. According to the report, cyclohexane represented the largest segment.

The cyclohexane market segment is largely driven by the demand for nylon 6,6 and nylon 6 fibers, widely utilized in the textile and automotive industries. Additionally, the growth of the adhesive industry, which uses cyclohexane, contributes to this market. As such, cyclohexane remains a vital component in these industries, thereby driving its market segment.

In the case of phenol, it is the demand from end-user industries such as plastics, resins, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics that propels its market. Technological innovations in production processes have also played a significant role. As a result, the phenol market segment continues to grow, supported by these factors.

On the other hand, toluene's market is driven by growing demand in the production of benzene and xylene, and the expansion of the paint industry which uses toluene as a solvent. Its increasing use in flexible foam applications also aids market growth. Therefore, the toluene market segment is witnessing growth, spurred by these key industry demands.

Breakup by End-Product:

  • Nylon 6 Fibers
  • Nylon 6 Resins
  • Others

Nylon 6 Fibers represents the largest market segment

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the end-product. This includes nylon 6 fibers, nylon 6 resins and others. According to the report, nylon 6 fibers represented the largest segment.

The nylon 6 fibers market segment is driven by its increasing use in the textile industry, due to its durability and strength. It is also gaining traction in the automotive sector for tire cord manufacturing, as well as in carpets and industrial yarns. As such, the demand for nylon 6 fibers continues to augment, thus driving growth in this market segment.

On the other hand, the augmenting demand for nylon 6 resins is on the rise, given their versatile applications in packaging, textiles, and automotive industries. This is due to their exceptional strength, heat resistance, and chemical resistance properties. Consequently, the nylon 6 resins market segment is set to grow, propelled by these sectoral demands.

Breakup by Application:

  • Industrial Yarns
  • Engineering Resins and Films
  • Textiles and Carpets
  • Others

The report has provided a detailed breakup and analysis of the market based on the application. This includes industrial yarns, engineering resins and films, textiles and carpets, and others. 

The market for industrial yarns is seeing growth due to an increased demand in industrial applications and a surge for high-strength, durable materials. Technological advancements in yarn manufacturing processes are also bolstering this market segment. Hence, the industrial yarn market is poised for growth, buoyed by these key drivers.

On the other hand, engineering resins and films are in demand due to the growing need for lightweight materials in the automotive and aerospace industries. There is an increased call for high-performance films in packaging, and evolving regulations for improved product safety and durability. Consequently, the engineering resins and films market segment is experiencing upward trends.

The textiles and carpets segment is propelled by a rising demand for home decor products, coupled with increasing urbanization and a growing global population. Advancements in synthetic fiber technology have further stimulated this market. Consequently, the textiles and carpets market segment is set to expand in response to these driving forces.

Breakup by Region:

Caprolactam Market

  • North America
    • United States
    • Canada
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Indonesia
    • Others
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • United Kingdom
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Others
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Others
  • Middle East and Africa

Asia Pacific exhibits a clear dominance, accounting for the largest caprolactam market share

The report has also provided a comprehensive analysis of all the major regional markets, which include North America (the United States and Canada); Europe (Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, and others); Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, and others); Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and others); and the Middle East and Africa. According to the report, Asia Pacific accounted for the largest market share.

Asia Pacific is experiencing significant growth, driven by factors such as a burgeoning population, rapid urbanization, and industrialization. The region's growing consumer purchasing power and expanding manufacturing sector are also key factors.

Moreover, the strong growth in industries including textiles, automotive, electronics, and chemicals in the region contribute to this upward trend. Hence, the Asia Pacific market segment continues to expand, benefiting from these unique regional attributes and industry developments.

Furthermore, the Asia Pacific region is characterized by an aggressive adoption of technological advancements, which is propelling various markets forward. Infrastructure development, fueled by both public and private investments, is another driver, creating opportunities for industries like construction, engineering resins, and textiles. The region's proactive policies and initiatives towards sustainability and environment protection are pushing industries towards eco-friendly products and solutions, which influence the market positively.

Competitive Landscape:

The leading companies are allocating substantial resources to R&D to develop new products, improve existing ones, and discover efficient production methods, thereby creating a competitive edge. The key players are expanding their production facilities and upgrading existing ones to increase output, meet rising demand, and reduce operational costs. Additionally, they are also expanding their geographical extent by entering untapped markets or strengthening their presence in existing ones. This could involve marketing efforts, partnership with local firms, or even setting up physical branches or manufacturing units. Furthermore, companies are focusing on producing eco-friendly products and adopting sustainable manufacturing practices to attract environmentally conscious consumers and comply with regulatory norms.

The report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the competitive landscape in the market. Detailed profiles of all major companies have also been provided. Some of the key players in the market include:

  • AdvanSix Inc.
  • Alpek S.A.B. de C.V.
  • Capro Corporation
  • China Petrochemical Development Corporation
  • China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec)
  • DOMO Chemicals GmbH
  • Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited
  • Koninklijke DSM N.V.
  • Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Toray Industries Inc.
  • Ube Industries, Ltd

Recent Developments:

  • In June 2023, AdvanSix Inc. announced a new nylon offering with 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, providing a circular solution to help customers meet sustainability goals. AdvanSix post-industrial (PIR) and post-consumer recycled (PCR) grades Aegis Resins and post-industrial Capran BOPA Films use 100 percent recycled content to produce nylon 6 products that are every bit as processable, formable, and durable as virgin nylon.
  • In August 2022, Alpek, S.A.B. de C.V. announced its Expandable Styrenics subsidiary, Styropek S.A. de C.V., has joined Cyclyx International, LLC to bolster its expandable polystyrene (EPS) recycling capacity through innovative methods. This partnership aligns with Alpek's sustainability goal to increase its recycling content to a minimum of 30% in select products by 2030, while also fostering long-term EPS usage and exploring biodegradable alternatives
  • In March 2022, DOMO Chemicals GmBH announced the successful delivery of 5 million metric tonnes of caprolactam at its Leuna site. The production capacities have gradually expanded to the current 176,000 metric tonnes per year.

Caprolactam Market Report Scope:

Report Features Details
Base Year of the Analysis 2023
Historical Period 2018-2023
Forecast Period 2024-2032
Units US$ Billion
Scope of the Report Exploration of Historical and Forecast Trends, Industry Catalysts and Challenges, Segment-Wise Historical and Predictive Market Assessment:
  • Source
  • End-Product
  • Application
  • Region
Sources Covered Cyclohexane, Phenol, Toluene, Others
End-Products Covered Nylon 6 Fibers, Nylon 6 Resins, Others
Applications Covered Industrial Yarns, Engineering Resins and Films, Textiles and Carpets, Others
Regions Covered Asia Pacific, Europe, North America, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
Countries Covered United States, Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Russia, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Australia, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico
Companies Covered AdvanSix Inc., Alpek S.A.B. de C.V., BASF SE, Capro Corporation, China Petrochemical Development Corporation, China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), DOMO Chemicals GmbH, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited, Koninklijke DSM N.V., LANXESS AG, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Toray Industries Inc., Ube Industries, Ltd. etc.
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Key Benefits for Stakeholders:

  • IMARC’s report offers a comprehensive quantitative analysis of various market segments, historical and current market trends, market forecasts, and dynamics of the caprolactam market from 2018-2032.
  • The research study provides the latest information on the market drivers, challenges, and opportunities in the global caprolactam market.
  • The study maps the leading, as well as the fastest-growing, regional markets. It further enables stakeholders to identify the key country-level markets within each region.
  • Porter's five forces analysis assist stakeholders in assessing the impact of new entrants, competitive rivalry, supplier power, buyer power, and the threat of substitution. It helps stakeholders to analyze the level of competition within the caprolactam industry and its attractiveness.
  • Competitive landscape allows stakeholders to understand their competitive environment and provides an insight into the current positions of key players in the market.

Key Questions Answered in This Report

According to the estimates by IMARC Group, the global caprolactam market is expected to witness a CAGR of 4% from 2024-2032.

The growing utilization of caprolactam in manufacturing brush bristles, nylon textile, film coatings, synthetic leather, plastics, industrial yarns, plasticizers, etc., represents one of the key drivers for the global caprolactam market.

The emergence of bio-based caprolactam with minimal traces of toxic ammonium sulfate is one of the key trends in the global caprolactam market.

Sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic had negatively impacted the demand for caprolactam due to the temporary shutdown of various textile manufacturing facilities across the globe.

On the basis of the end-product, the market has been bifurcated into nylon 6 fibers, nylon 6 resins and others. Currently, nylon 6 fibers hold the largest share.

On the basis of the application, the market has been divided into industrial yarns, engineering resins and films, textiles and carpets, and others.

Region-wise, the market has been classified into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Based on region, Asia Pacific dominates the global market.

The key companies in the global caprolactam market are AdvanSix Inc., Alpek S.A.B. de C.V., BASF SE, Capro Corporation, China Petrochemical Development Corporation, China Petrochemical Corporation (Sinopec), DOMO Chemicals GmbH, Gujarat State Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited, Koninklijke DSM N.V., LANXESS AG, Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., Toray Industries Inc., Ube Industries, Ltd. etc.

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