WICHITA, KAN. (Aug. 14, 10:30 p.m. ET) — Global nylon maker Invista has chosen Orange, Texas, as its site for commercialization of new technology used to make adiponitrile (AND), a key nylon 6/6 feedstock.
Wichita, Kan.-based Invista had operated a pilot plant using the technology in Orange for more than two years. The firm now will spend more than $100 million at the site in the next 18 months to ramp up production.
“We're moving quickly,” nylon intermediates executive vice president Bill Greenfield said in an Aug. 14 news release. “We expect to begin commissioning some of the new units approximately a year from today and hope to be in full production by mid-2014.”
Officials said the proprietary butadiene-based technology improves product yields while requiring a lower annual maintenance investment than existing technology.
“The fact that we are willing to retrofit one of our company's largest manufacturing plants shows our customers that we are confident in our ability to commercialize the technology,” Greenfield added.
The selection of Orange continues a busy month for Invista, which is owned by manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries of Wichita. Earlier this month, the firm acquired PET resin and feedstock technology from La Seda de Barcelona SA for an undisclosed price.
And on the same day it announced the Orange selection, Invista said that it had signed a development agreement with biotechnology firm LanzaTech for bio-based butadiene — a chemical used in the production of various plastics.