INVISTA celebrates 5 years of operating its most-advanced ADN technology

INVISTA’s Orange, Texas, site recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of adiponitrile (ADN) production using the company’s most-advanced ADN technology.
During this time, the site has set numerous production records for this key ingredient for nylon 6,6 plastics and fibers, which are used in everyday items like under-the-hood car parts, carpets and air bags.
“I’d like to congratulate the Orange team on this achievement and their continued commitment to innovation and operations excellence,” said Bill Greenfield, president, INVISTA Intermediates. “This demonstrated history provides confidence as our technology comes online at our other existing facilities and eventually at our new ADN plant in China.”
Orange was the first of four planned deployments of INVISTA’s most advanced technology—other project updates include:

  • Butachimie (owned 50 percent by INVISTA and 50 percent by Solvay) announced restart of its facilities after installment of INVISTA’s most-advanced ADN technology on Dec. 30, 2019.
  • INVISTA Victoria’s $250 million project to upgrade its manufacturing technology and increase production of ADN is progressing on schedule and targeted to come online in 2021.
  • INVISTA continues to make progress on the new 400,000-ton ADN plant that will be located at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park in China. Construction is targeted for 2020 and production would begin in 2022.

INVISTA’s most advanced ADN technology was developed at INVISTA’s global R&D facilities and piloted at the Orange site. It was the culmination of more than $40 million in research and development spanning four years on two continents, leveraging INVISTA’s long history of innovation as a world leader in ADN and HMD.  The technology brings improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies.