INVISTA Nylon Chemicals (China) Co., Ltd. held a groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai today to officially mark the start of construction on its 400,000-ton/year adiponitrile (ADN) plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP). This more than 7 billion RMB (more than 1 billion USD) investment will help meet the growing demand for nylon 6,6 chemical intermediates in China and the Asia Pacific region.
The event was attended by the Member of the Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipal Committee and Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government, Mr. Wu Qing; Deputy Secretary General of Shanghai Municipal Government, Mr. Chen Mingbo; Director General of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Informatization, Mr. Wu Jincheng; Director General of Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Administrative Committee, Mr. Ma Jing; as well as officials from relevant departments of Shanghai Municipal Government. Senior executives from INVISTA were also present, including Vice President, INVISTA Nylon Intermediates Asia Pacific, Mr. Kyle Redinger; Vice President, INVISTA Nylon Operations Asia and Europe, Mr. Gary Knight; and INVISTA Chairman and CEO, Mr. Jeff Gentry.
Mr. Wu Qing, the Member of the Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipal Committee and Vice Mayor of Shanghai Municipal Government, congratulated INVISTA to reach this stage of development of the ADN project, and stated that Shanghai Municipal Government would continue to support the project and look forward to 2022 when the ADN facility would come into use.
“With support from all parties, INVISTA has successfully initiated the construction of ADN facility within 10 months. The ADN project enriches the value chain of SCIP while accelerating the industrial upgrade of Shanghai chemical industry. SCIP will provide continuous services to ensure that the project will be completed as soon as possible, and the production will be started as soon as possible, to yield tangible benefits for the market,” said Mr. Ma Jing, Director General of Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Administrative Committee.
“The growing demand for high-quality nylon products in China and the Asia-Pacific region, and the continued optimization of the business environment in Shanghai have given us the confidence to continue investment here,” noted Mr. Gentry, INVISTA Chairman and CEO.
This plant will deploy INVISTA’s most-advanced, energy-efficient ADN technology in China to satisfy the strong, local demand for ADN, an intermediate ingredient used in the production of nylon 6,6. When complete, the new ADN plant will integrate with INVISTA’s existing HMD and polymer facilities to directly supply domestic customers with the key building blocks to produce nylon 6,6 and other high-value products in China and throughout the Asia Pacific region. These products are used for the automobile industry, electrical & electronic industry and many other consumer and industrial applications—contributing to the overall quality of life by enabling lightweight, heat-resistant, and durable designs.
In addition, this ADN project will also help to cultivate local talents, bring more employment opportunities, and promote the development of relevant collaborative industries, to further enhance the economic strength of the local community.
“We truly appreciate all the support from the government, our trusted partners and customers throughout the process, which has led to today’s important start of construction, and we are proud to say we are well on track to start ADN production in 2022. Once the ADN plant is completed, Shanghai will be home to the largest integrated nylon production facility in the world—from ADN through to high-performance polymers,” said Mr. Redinger, Vice President, INVISTA Nylon Intermediates Asia Pacific.
Moving forward, INVISTA Nylon Chemicals will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to advance this project.
The ADN project at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park is being constructed by INVISTA Nylon Chemicals (China) Co., Ltd., an INVISTA company. From the fibers in your carpet to the plastic in your automobiles, INVISTA’s commitment to continuous improvement has led its employees to develop some of the most durable, versatile polymers and fibers in the world. A subsidiary of Koch Industries since 2004, INVISTA brings to market the proprietary ingredients for nylon 6,6 and recognized brands including STAINMASTER®, CORDURA® and ANTRON®. INVISTA also offers specialty chemical intermediates and process technologies.