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White crystalline solid, Free flowing, Pale yellow colour

Molecular formula





  • Key ingredient in the production of Nylon 6,6 polymers.
  • Used in the manufacture of adipate plasticizers.

Major applications include the following

  • Nylon 66 Polymers (Nylon 6,6 fibers and Nylon 66 engineering resins)
  • Polyester Polyols
  • Plasticizers
  • Adiponitrile/HMDA

Other application sector

  • Polyamide-epichlorohydrin resins
  • Unsaturated polyester resins
  • Synthetic lubricants
  • Food additives

Process outline

Alternate process routes are given below :

  • From cyclohexane via cyclohexanone and cyclohexanol (KA oil) by oxidation (the conventional process)
  • From benzene via cyclohexanol by partial hydrogenation and hydration (Asahi Chemical process)
  • From phenol
  • From butadiene by carboalkoxylation (a process not yet commercialised)

Global scenario

Global capacity:

3.15 million metric tonnes per annum

Global demand:

2.9 million metric tonnes per annum

Global growth through 2014:

3% per annum

Major global producers

Major global producers include the following :

  • Koch
  • Solutia
  • Inolex
  • Rhodia
  • BASF
  • Lanxess
  • Asahi Kasei
  • Sumitomo Chemical