Singapore - Invista Intermediates announced 16 Nov that it is to build a nitric acid plant on Jurong Island in Singapore. Nitric acid is one of the feedstocks for adipic acid, which is used in the manufacture of nylon, polyurethane, and other products.
The new facility is being built on Invista's Sakra site next to the company's existing adipic acid plant, which will improve the energy efficiency of the unit, said the company. Construction will begin immediately and is expected to be complete by mid-2009. The facility has been designed to meet 100 percent of the adipic acid plant's needs for nitric acid.
"This new nitric acid facility will strengthen our long term supply situation for nitric acid, helping us to better meet our customers' needs and to significantly strengthen the competitiveness of our Intermediates business in the region," said Warren Primeaux, President, Invista Intermediates. "The new plant also underscores Invista's continuing growth in Singapore and Asia as a whole."
The nitric acid plant is the latest in a series of Asia growth initiatives that fibre maker has embarked on in the past 12 months. These initiatives include new manufacturing plants for spandex and nylon 6,6 airbag fibres, a new nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer complex, and acquisition of a nylon carpet fibre plant.
At a groundbreaking ceremony on 16 Nov, Singapore Economic Development Board assistant managing director Aw Kah Peng, commented that, "Invista is a valued partner of Singapore and has a significant presence here. This new plant, which is tightly integrated with your existing operation, will strengthen the competitiveness of Invista's base here.
The ten-year-old Singapore Adi-Pure adipic acid plant has just been given its second consecutive Workplace Health and Safety Excellence Award by the Workplace Health and Safety Advisory Committee and the Ministry of Manpower.
Integrated fibres and polymers business Invista operates four major businesses: Apparel; Intermediates; Performance Surfaces and Materials; and Polymer and Resins. The group has a portfolio of some of the most recognised global brands including Lycra polyurethane fibre and Terathane brand polytetramethylene ether glycol (PTMEG) as well as Terate brand aromatic polyester polyols.