Global nylon maker Invista has chosen Orange, Texas, as the location for commercialization of new technology used to make adiponitrile, a key nylon 6/6 feedstock.
Wichita-based Invista had operated a pilot plant using the technology in Orange for more than two years. The company now will spend more than $100 million at the site in the next 18 months to ramp up production.
“We're moving quickly,” said Bill Greenfield, nylon intermediates executive vice president, 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 Inc. of Wichita. In August, Invista acquired PET resin and feedstock technology from La Seda de Barcelona SA for an undisclosed price.
Also, on the same day the Orange site selection was announced, Invista said it had signed a development agreement with biotechnology firm LanzaTech NZ Ltd. for bio-based butadiene — a chemical used in the production of various plastics.