US fibre producer Invista says the opening of its new nylon 6,6 facility in China this week, will help advance the development of the nylon 6,6 industry in the country, in line with national industry development goals.

On Wednesday (October 26), the company celebrated the grand opening of the facility, which includes a new 215,000-tonne hexamethylene diamine (HMD) plant and a 150,000-tonne polymer plant, at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP).

"As a world leader throughout the nylon 6,6 value chain, Invista is proud to have built this new facility with its most advanced technologies and provide a local supply base to support our customers' growing demand in China and Asia," says Kevin Robles, Invista's senior vice president of global operations. "Our constant commitment to environmental health and safety excellence was underscored by this project's completion with nearly 10m safe work hours."

Known for its strength at high temperature as well as impact, chemical and abrasion resistance, nylon 6,6 offers "significant advantages" over other materials that have traditionally been used in China, according to Invista.

"We believe that 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," adds Bill Greenfield, president of Invista intermediates. "We are glad this facility will help advance the development of the nylon 6,6 industry in China, in line with national industry development goals."

Officials from SCIP and the Jinshan government, utility and service providers, materials suppliers and neighbours joined INVISTA employees for the ceremony.

Yesterday, Invista revealed it has collaborated with Italian fabric producer Marlane for the development of a performance wool fabric it says offers enhanced abrasion resistance and longevity.

Invista's Cordura and Marlane develop performance wool fabric

Meanwhile, earlier this week, the company launched new technologies under its Coolmax brand that offer sustainability and cooling comfort to jeans wearers.

Invista unveils Coolmax EcoMade technology for denim