Caprolactam is the starting material for the ring-opening polymerization of polyamide 6 (perlon).
A second option for polymerization is in the hydrolytic splitting of the amide bond and subsequent polycondensation. Polyamide 6 is produced yearly by the megaton.
At ambient temperature, caprolactam forms white crystals, which are quite soluble in water. Therefore it is normally stored at temperatures over 80 °C until it is used.
Source: Wikipedia, February 2012
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