Fibre and textile specialist Invista is poised to invest hundreds of millions of dollars to boost capacity at its facility in Kingston, Canada, and elsewhere around the world.

Invista said it would add another seven kilotons of spinning capacity at Kingston, with start-up expected in the second quarter of 2012.

“Our customers have sent us a very clear message that their demand is increasing across the world, which creates a need for us to invest in capital equipment – potentially in the hundreds of millions of dollars,” said John Barnes, Invista global business director for industrial nylon products.

“These efforts will help us to support our customers’ needs to secure access to this important raw material.”

Barnes added that the design work for the Kingston expansion was largely complete, with construction likely to begin in the second half of this year.