Integrated fibre and polymer producer Invista is planning to build a new factory in China to produce nylon 6,6 yarns, mostly for the automotive airbag industry.

Construction work at the plant near Shanghai is set to begin later this year, with commercial production planned to start in the first quarter of 2008. It is set to have an annual production capacity of 11 kilotons.

Wichita, US-based Invista, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, will use the factory to make high-tenacity nylon 6,6 yarns for industrial textile applications, particularly for car airbags.

It already has similar plants in the UK and Canada, enabling the company to supply the yarns around the world.

"Our ability to supply global automotive manufacturers with essentially identical products in each region of the globe will help them localise their own supply chains more efficiently," said Daniel J Stone, vice president of performance fibers nylon at Invista.