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Invista develops new nylon technology to improve production

Invista has deployed a new technology for nylon to substantially improve the production process. The new technology is Invista’s adiponitrile or ADN technology.

ADN is used for the hydrocyanation of butadiene using a homogeneous nickel catalyst. ADN is a critical intermediate in the production of hexamethylene diamine, which is reacted with adipic acid to produce nylon 6,6. The update extends the company’s ADN technology in several aspects, including improved product yields, reduced energy consumption, lower greenhouse gas emissions, enhanced process stability and reduced capital intensity, compared to existing technologies.

As the preferred supplier for ADN, Invista supports growth and innovation in the nylon industry by continually investing in research and development, including the continued improvement of its ADN technology. The new ADN technology is the result of more than 40 million dollars in research and development spanning four years on two continents. These investments highlight Invista’s dedication to the nylon 6,6 industry and positions Invista and its customers with an advantaged and sustainable value chain.

With brands like Lycra, Coolmax, Cordura, Stainmaster and Antron, Invista is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce such products as clothing, carpets and air bags.