Polyamide 12 also called nylon 12 is a compound of the polyamide family, which has similar properties with PA 6, PA 6.10, PA 6.12 and PA 11 such as high elongation, good abrasion resistance, and minimal water absorption along with others. PA 12 is highly used in the automotive sector to manufacture lightweight vehicles, which is a major factor fuelling demand for polyamide 12 in the automotive industry. For instance, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, in 2016, the country exported around 2.1 million new lightweight vehicles. Owing to excellent chemical resistant properties, polyamide 12 is extensively used as a multi-layer and mono-layer PA 12 pipes in the form of fuel, hydraulic, and air brake liners in the vehicles.
The major driver for the growth of polyamide 12 market include increasing demand for PA 12 in oil and gas pipeline application due to its better elongation property and minimal water absorption, which allows high usage in pipeline application, as the molded parts show almost no dimensional changes with variation in atmospheric humidity. Some of the major driving factors are various government initiatives such as Evonik’s research and development process towards modified polyamide 12 was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The unique biotechnological process relies on renewable resources. Palm kernel oil is a base for various other chemical products, which are produced by Evonik. Over the long run, the entire new process has the potential to replace or complement the butadiene-based production of PA12.
Global Polyamide 12 Market Taxonomy
On the basis of end-use industry, global polyamide 12 market is segmented into:
Polyamide 12 material has wide application in manufacturing of various consumer goods. For instance, it is extensively used in flake jackets, chairs, and toothbrush bristles. Pebax is a thermoplastic polyamide elastomer from Arkema Group and the 33 series of Pebax from the company uses polyamide 12 for hard segments. The product offers easy molding, excellent bending-fatigue and rebound resilience, low specific gravity, shock resistance at low temperatures, stable flexibility, and finds wide application in manufacturing skiing boots and belts. This is expected to aid in growth of the segment over the forecast period (2018 - 2025).
Global Polyamide 12 Market Outlook
In February 2018, the company started a new production line for specialty polyamide 12 powders (PA 12) under its VESTOSINT brand at its largest production site in the Marl Chemical Park, Germany. The new facility was introduced in order to produce high-performance powders for growing demand for 3-D printing.
Major players operating in the polyamide 12 market include Evonik Industries AG, Arkema Group, DowDuPont Inc., Ensinger GmbH, UBE Industries Ltd., Techmer PM LLC., Invista S.a.r.l., Ems-Chemie Holding AG, RTP Company Inc., and Toray Industries Inc.
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