US: Invista to roll-out new energy-efficient nylon technology
Nylon polymer producer Invista has invested more than $40m in research and development spanning four years on two continents to develop what it describes as "a revolutionary technology" to produce adiponitrile (ADN), a key ingredient for nylon 6,6.
While full details have yet to be released, the company claims benefits of the new technology include improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower CO2 emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity compared to existing technologies.
Another environmental bonus is that it virtually eliminates benzene from the production process, resulting in significant benzene reductions.
"We believe this new generation of ADN technology represents a significant improvement versus the proprietary technology we operate today," said Bill Greenfield, executive vice president of Invista's nylon intermediates business.
The new technology has been operating for more than two years at a pilot-scale facility at its research and development centre in Orange, Texas. Invista is now looking at installing it at its existing facilities in Orange and Victoria, Texas, as well as a plant being built in China.
"We are now ready to deploy the new technology at a commercial scale," added Greenfield.
- Why China 5-year plan won't change garment-making
- Navigating a turbulent sourcing landscape
- Supply chains under pressure as Black Friday looms
- ‘Fixing Fashion’ one stitch at a time
- C&A building brand loyalty through consistent fit
- US Q3 in brief: Burlington Stores, Guess, Chico's
- Adidas has greenest textile supply chain in China
- Global clothing and footwear trade to drop by 1.5%
- Cambodia living wage campaign kicks off
- New Balance launches first 3D printed running shoe
- Wearable technology: The future market potential for smart garments and e-textiles
- Practical Brand Sourcing Strategy
- Statistics: Trends in Global and Regional Man-made Fibre Production - 2015
- Myanmar's Garment Sector in 2015 - now with updated members' directory
- Technical Textile Markets: Product Developments and Innovations - 2nd Quarter 2015