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03-27-2014

Invista Breaks Ground for New Plants in China

Invista broke ground on new hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and nylon 6,6 polymer plants at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China. These facilities mark a key milestone in Invista’s plans for integrated nylon 6,6 facilities in the China market and underscore the company’s commitment to the region.

The 215,000-ton HMD plant and the 150,000-ton polymer plant are expected to start up in 2015. INVISTA has already received several government permits; most recently, the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau granted Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approval for the polymer facility.

Groundbreaking  ceremony at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China (figure: Invista)

Groundbreaking ceremony at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in China (figure: Invista)

More than 300 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony, including senior government officials from SCIP, the Jinshan government and related authorities, local customers, Invista leadership and employees. “China is one of the most important regions for our growth strategy,” said Jeff Gentry, Invista’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We have seen significant growth in the region in recent years, and we plan to continue to bring our latest innovative technologies here. The theme of our groundbreaking event – Growing Together: a New Era of Nylon 6,6 – reflects the fact that we are working closely with our customers to build the local nylon and polyurethane markets.”

In addition to the HMD and polymer plants, Invista has plans for a future, 300,000-ton adiponitrile (ADN) facility. Once completed, the new facilities will be among the most energy-efficient nylon intermediates sites in the world and will employ Invista’s most advanced technologies for ADN, HMD and polymer production. The overall investment in these plants will exceed USD 1 billion, which will be the largest capital investment undertaken by the company to date.

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