As demand for nylon 6,6 materials continues to grow, INVISTA’s polymer business, INV Nylon Polymer Americas, LLC, has made the decision to undertake a significant investment in its U.S. facility in South Carolina. The investment will transform the facility’s production process and logistics capability—which was previously designed to support carpet fiber production—into a polymer-focused plant that can provide increased supply capacity for nylon 6,6 polymer to the merchant market. Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in 2024.
“INVISTA is known for its high-quality nylon 6,6 polymer, supported by its world-class, upstream chemical intermediates technologies,” said Pete Brown, vice president of INVISTA Nylon Polymers. “We are excited to continue expanding the application potential for our materials through this investment in South Carolina.”
New and growing societal trends, such as eMobility and the Internet of things, rely on materials that can support electrification and increased complexity. This includes engineered plastics designed for modern connectors and sensors with ever-increasing performance and connectivity. Nylon 6,6 offers a superior balance of properties for electrical, chemical, and high-heat applications as well as adaptability for increased functionality such as flame-resistance, which make it an ideal material solution.
In addition to its investment in South Carolina, INVISTA produces nylon 6,6 polymer in Canada, The Netherlands and China, and announced last year a 200-kta expansion of its polymer facility in Shanghai.