18 May 2012 10:37 [Source: ICIS news]
SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Nylon polymer producer Invista has unveiled a new, more energy-efficient technology for adiponitrile (ADN) production, a key ingredient for nylon 6,6, the US-based company said on Friday.
The technology involved more than $40m (€32m) and four years in research and development, the company said in a statement.
The company said the new ADN technology brings environmental benefits as it significantly reduces benzene used in the production process. It also lowers energy consumption and emissions, the company added.
“We believe this new generation of ADN technology represents a significant improvement versus the proprietary technology we operate today, which is already the world’s most advantaged ADN technology,” said Bill Greenfield, executive vice president of Invista’s nylon intermediates business.
The company is exploring plants where it can employ the technology and has the option of installing it at its existing facilities in Orange and Victoria, Texas, in addition a plant that it is constructing in China.
“We are now ready to deploy the new technology at a commercial scale,” said Greenfield. “We have been working aggressively for more than a year on the initial implementation of this new technology and will be making a formal announcement in a few weeks with details on location and timing.”
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