14 August 2012 22:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--INVISTA will install its next-generation adiponitrile (ADN) technology at its Orange plant in Texas, the company said on Tuesday.
ADN is a key intermediate chemical used in the production of nylon 6,6.
INVISTA has been working on the technology for four years, dedicating some $40m (€32m) in research and development, planning and a team of scientists and engineers on two continents, said communications manager Jodie Stutzman.
The technology involves a butadiene-based chemistry that improves product yields and ease of operation while requiring a lower annual maintenance investment.
The technology also delivers significant air emission and waste reductions, INVISTA said.
The Orange facility has a pilot project on site where the technology was tested.
“We’re moving quickly. The required environmental and construction permits have already been approved, the detailed project engineering work is nearly finished and we have already begun the site work,” said Bill Greenfield, executive vice president.
“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,” the company said in a news release”, Greenfield said.
“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 commercialise the technology,” he added.
After the Orange facility proves successful, INVISTA plans to deploy the new technology at its other ADN facilities.
The company said it has more than 60% of the world’s existing ADN capacity.
INVISTA's Orange plant has an ACN production capacity of 240,000 tonnes/year, according to ICIS Plants and Projects.
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