Nylon fibers belong to the group of synthetic polymers which are known as polyamides. Nylon was first produced in 1935 at DuPont’s research facility. Nylon is one of the most widely used polymers. Nylon is a thermoplastic silky material that was first used in the manufacturing of toothbrush bristles. Nylon fiber is a polyamide fiber that is manufactured using dicarboxylic acid and diamine. The two most common nylon fibers are nylon 6 (Polycaprolactam, a cyclic nylon intermediate) and nylon 66 (polyhexamethylene adiamide). Nylon fibers consists the chemical elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Nylon fibers are the condensation copolymers that are manufactured by the reaction of equal parts of diamine and dicarboxylic acid. There are two most common methods used for manufacturing nylon for various fiber applications. One of the approaches includes the molecules having an acidic group reacting with molecules containing amine groups. The resulting nylon is generally named on the basis of the number of carbon atoms present between the two acid groups and the two amine groups. The reaction produces the monomers of intermediate molecular weight which are further reacted to form long polymer chains of nylon fibers. Nylon fibers are hard, strong and water resistant in nature. Nylon fibers find a wide range of applications in the automobile and textile industries.
Textile industry is one of the major applications for nylon fibers market. The growing population is expected to boost the overall textile industry. In addition, rise in the overall disposable income and change in consumer’s preference has driven the textile industry which in turn enhances the overall growth of the nylon fiber market. Automobile industry is expected to be the next largest consumer of nylon fiber market. Growing economy coupled with increasing disposable income has boosted the overall demand for automobile industries. Nylon fibers are widely used in manufacturing under the hood parts of the automobile. In order to comply with stringent environmental regulations many automobile manufacturers are manufacturing light weight automobiles. The light weight automobiles exhibit high fuel efficiency which in turn helps in reducing overall carbon emission. Thus, growing automobile industry is expected to augment the overall demand for nylon fibers.
China is the largest manufacturer as well as consumer of nylon fibers. The growing population has boosted the growth for textile industry which in turn is expected to augment the overall growth of the nylon market. In addition, the presence of huge secondary processed products manufacturing industry is further expected to boost the nylon market in the country. Rest of Asia Pacific is expected to be the emerging market for nylon fibers. The growing textile industry especially in Japan, Taiwan and India is expected to boost the overall nylon fibers market. Europe is expected to exhibit rapid growth in the overall demand for nylon fiber market owing to the presence of many automobile manufacturers in the region. In addition, the presence of stringent environmental regulations has restricted the use of plastics which in turn is expected to boost the overall demand for nylon fibers in Europe. Nylon fibers are widely used in the manufacturing of tire cords, airbags, hoses and belts among others. Rest of the World is expected to exhibit sluggish growth in demand for nylon fiber market.
Toray Industries, Inc., SWICOFIL AG, MiniFIBERS, Inc., Nexis Fibers, Beaver Manufacturing Company and Zhejiang Jinsheng Holding Group Co. Ltd. among others are the major participants of the nylon fiber market.
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