Leading global nylon intermediates and fiber manufacturer Invista plans to construct a manufacturing facility at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China to meet the region’s demand for nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer. An earlier plan saw temporary delays due to slow demand for nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer during the global economic crisis. As economies pick up, demand for these products is increasing in China and the rest of Asia.
The company is currently engaged in project engineering, which will include an environmental impact assessment to be completed by end of 2011. Construction of the plant is expected to commence in 2012 and production is estimated to begin in phases from 2014. Upon completion, this will be the most energy efficient and technologically advanced nylon intermediates plant in the world, underscoring Invista’s continuing focus on improving energy efficiency and developing innovative technologies. The state-of-the-art plant will employ Invista’s latest advances in its proprietary butadiene-based technology to produce hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and adiponitrile (ADN), along with a variety of specialty chemicals and nylon 6,6 polymer. Invista’s products are used in a wide range of applications, such as airbags, carpet, plastics and outdoor equipment.