25 March 2013 16:03 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Belarus-based JSC Grodno Azot PTC Khimvolokno has almost doubled its polyamide 6 (or nylon 6) capacity with the commissioning of a new installation, Germany-based plant engineering specialist Uhde Inventa-Fischer said on Monday.
The new multi-line polyamide 6 plant, located in Grodno, western Belarus, has a 91,000 tonne/year capacity and replaces seven production lines that have been shut down, it added.
Financial details of the project were not disclosed.
The majority of the pellets produced at the plant are processed to high-quality tyre cord and carpet yarn at the spinning mill attached to the plant, said Ekkehard Siebecke, product manager, polyamide technology, for Uhde Inventa-Fischer, a ThyssenKrupp unit.
The rest is used in the production of engineering plastics and for various other applications in the global market, he added.
Use of the newly produced pellets has reduced the waste quota at the mill by 30%, Siebecke said.
“The technological highlight of the plant is the cost-effective, feedstock-saving Overproportional Refeeding Process developed by Uhde Inventa-Fischer,” Siebecke said.
“This process allows the caprolactam extract that accumulates on all production lines to be fed back to a single line for the polymerisation of high-quality polyamide 6,” he added.
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