Fibre maker Invista is to build a world-scale nylon 6,6 polymer facility in Shanghai to meet increasing demand for its products in applications including apparel. 

The company has signed a land reservation agreement at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP), said it has taken a keen focus on China as one of the most important places for growing its proprietary nylon technology. 

The agreement is for additional land next to Invista's planned hexamethylene diamine (HMD) and adiponitrile (ADN) plants.

"It is our intent to build a world-scale polymer facility in a timeframe that would align with our HMD project," said Warren Primeaux, president of Invista Intermediates. "We believe China's continued strong GDP growth will drive increasing demand for durable goods - products that can be enhanced by the use of nylon 6,6."

Earlier this year, the fibre producer gained approval for a 215,000-tonne per year HMD plant at SCIP, which is expected to start production in 2015.