Invista, an innovator in the field of nylon, polyester and specialty materials industries, has started work to build a 300,000-ton plant based on its adiponitrile technology with an investment of more than $1 billion in China. The construction activities of the plant are scheduled to begin in 2020 and start of production is expected by 2023. The latest adiponitrile (ADN) technology will satisfy the strong, local demand for the nylon 6,6 intermediate chemical.
Kyle Redinger—vice president of Invista Intermediates, Asia Pacific, and 2017 Shanghai Magnolia Silver Award winner, has accepted a newly created role to meet China’s long-term needs for ADN through capital investments, asset development, and commercial arrangements.
Redinger, said, “Given China’s strong demand for ADN and its commitment to advanced, energy-efficient technologies, Invista’s butadiene-based ADN is the best choice for capital investment in the region. Invista supplies more of the merchant market than any other ADN producer, so we want to ensure those customers have the best technology available. I am extremely proud to lead Invista’s efforts to deliver this new facility.”
ADN is used to make nylon polymer, fibers and other specialty materials such as hexamethylene diisocyanate (HDI) for coatings. Invista has developed a collaborative strategy with the discussions with customers and industry participants with focus on meeting China’s local needs for ADN.
“We are pleased by the feedback we have received in the market and are confident we will reach agreements with selected partners over the next few months; so our shareholders have agreed to proceed with the project”, said, Bill Greenfield, president, Invista Intermediates. He, added, “Combined with the significant investments being made in our existing ADN plants, this decision further demonstrates Invista’s commitment to the global industry.”