INVISTA’s site in Orange, Texas, achieves a 12-month production record for adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibers.
Bill Greenfield, president, INVISTA Intermediates, said, “Since deployment of our most advanced ADN technology at the Orange site in 2014, the facility has consistently set production volume records. In today’s market, every pound is really important to our customers and the industry. I’m proud the team has continued this production trend through the third quarter of 2018 with another 12-month record.”
The company’s latest ADN technology, developed at INVISTA’s global R&D facilities and piloted at the Orange site has been responsible for improvement in the performance. The new technology has been in use for about five years and resulted in improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies.
INVISTA is installing its latest ADN technology in existing facilities to optimize production and increase yield even further.
INVISTA’s short-term plan for the global nylon 6,6 value chains includes INVISTA Orange, Butachimie and INVISTA Victoria; the details are given below:
- INVISTA Orange: Orange facility installed the technology in 2014, which has resulted in improved performance of the Orange facility to set numerous production volume records.
- Butachimie (INVISTA joint venture with Solvay in France): Declared to install the latest technology in 2017, which is scheduled to be commissioned in 2019.
- INVISTA Victoria: The project of $250 million at Victoria site to upgrade its manufacturing technology and increase production of ADN. The project is expected to come online in 2020.
INVISTA’s long-term plan in support for the global nylon 6,6 value chain includes a new world-scale ADN plant of a minimum capacity of 300,000-ton