WorleyParsons awarded Invista Shanghai HMD project
Invista selected WorleyParsons to provide engineering, procurement, construction management (EPCM) services for its hexamethylene diamine (HMD) project in the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park in China.
In the chemical chain, HMD stands as the precursor of nylon 6/6 resin then used for the production of nylon fibers and high performances polyurethanes.
Nylon as many other fibers and polyesters are used in all the compartments of our daily life, clothes and dressing, carpets and furniture, automotive.
In 2012, Invista invested more than $100 million in Asia to increase Lycra capacity and introduce new local production of nylon 6/6.
To lead the evolution of the regional market needs, Invista established in the Qingpu District of Shanghai a China Textile Research Center.
From these initiatives China is today referring commonly to Invista proprietary technologies for the production of fibers and engineering polymers compounds.
In selecting the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park Invista is willing to maximize its competitive advantage through an integrated business model.
This integrated business model would benefit to Invista itself in adding other polymers production units along the HMD plant.
It should also directly help Invista customers located in the same Shanghai chemical complex.
Invista mulls nylon and ADN new facilities in Shanghai
For this new production unit, Invista defined a capacity of 215,000 tonnes per year (t/y).
In addition Invista is planning a:
– Nylon 6/6 facility
– Adiponitrile (ADN) plant
The nylon 6/6 facility should have a capacity of 150,000 t/y.
For the ADN, Invista is considering a production of 300,000 t/y.
Invista strategy to develop its products portfolio toward high technology polymers resins and fibers meets a strong support from the Chinese authorities.
In that perspective the other goal of the Shanghai HMD project is to improve the energy efficiency, reduce the environmental footprint, and introduce new manufacturing technologies.