European Caprolactam Prices Face Minimal Depreciation Amidst Demand Stagnation
- 24-Nov-2023 1:29 PM
- Journalist: Gabreilla Figueroa
In November 2023, the European Caprolactam market witnessed a marginal price decline attributed to sustained weak business activity. This decline was further influenced by spare production capacity, stemming from diminished demand from potential customers and the anticipation of the approaching new year. The manufacturing of Caprolactam in the European market decreased once again, responding to the declining trend in overseas orders and a decrease in domestic inquiries. This overall scenario points to a challenging market environment characterized by reduced demand and a cautious approach by manufacturers amid these market dynamics.
In addition to reducing employment, manufacturers swiftly curtailed their purchasing activities and decreased inventories of raw materials and finished goods. The decline in Caprolactam demand for inputs resulted in suppliers' delivery times shortening once again. In November 2023, suppliers were able to expedite their deliveries for consecutive months, and this acceleration was slightly more pronounced than in October. This trend indicates a concerted effort to align supply chain activities with reduced demand, emphasizing the broader impact of economic conditions on production and procurement strategies.
In the Eurozone, the Benzene raw material demonstrated a declining trend, supporting downstream derivative industries, including the Caprolactam market prices. The sufficient capacity resulting from a decrease in new work inflows prompted firms to reduce their workforce numbers in November, following a period of no change in October. This interplay between raw material trends and workforce adjustments highlights the interconnected dynamics within the industry, where changes in upstream components can have cascading effects on downstream markets and operational decisions, such as workforce management.
Merchants in the German market are showing reluctance to stock up on Caprolactam, with purchasing activity primarily based on immediate needs rather than building up inventories. This cautious approach by merchants suggests a market sentiment focused on managing current demand levels and aligning procurement with the approaching year-end dynamics.
The automotive industry's deceleration is fuelled by several factors, including elevated interest rates, a reduction in new-car order banks due to supply chain adjustments, and sluggish economic growth. These conditions have translated into a bearish outlook for the demand for Caprolactam in the Polyamide 6 industry within the European market.
According to the ChemAnalyst pricing analysts, the cost of Caprolactam in the Eurozone is expected to exhibit a marginal weakening in the upcoming weeks. This is attributed to the destocking of the Caprolactam, accompanied by an affordable price range, particularly as the year-end approaches.