INVISTA achieves successful startup of new HMD plant in China
INVISTA has successfully started up its new 215,000-ton hexamethylene diamine (HMD) plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China.
“This is yet another key milestone in the region following INVISTA breaking ground on this new facility in early 2014,” said Bill Greenfield, president of INVISTA Intermediates. “Asia—and China in particular—remains a region with long-term potential for demand growth in nylon 6,6, and the new HMD facility enables us better support our customers. Through this local production asset, we can provide better service and shorter lead time, further demonstrating our commitment to supporting the increasing regional demand.”
Choo Ching Chua, plant manager for the new INVISTA HMD facility, added, “We are proud that construction proceeded safely with our well-trained team of professionals. The project ultimately achieved more than five million safe work hours.”
The new facility utilizes INVISTA’s most advanced technology to produce HMD, a key intermediate used in the production of nylon 6,6 polymers and fibers, polyurethanes and high performance polyamides that ultimately become part of air bags, automobile parts, carpet, coatings, workout apparel, outdoor equipment and more.