Invista is upgrading its U.S. nylon production plant in collaboration with equipment manufacturer Truetzschler.
The global fibers provider said Wednesday that it invested in a $30 million expansion at its South Carolina nylon facility, allowing it to address growing carpet fiber demands and introduce its new small-lot, solution-dyed nylon 6.6 technology to industry members.
“Our mill customers and the design community rely on Invista to offer a palette of hundreds of solution-dyed nylon 6.6 colors for each of their unique design preferences,” said Marc Ahrens, vice president of Invista’s specialty flooring business. “The new technology will expand our capability to offer sophisticated color families while at the same time improving service.”
Teaming up with Truetzschler enabled Invista to develop its new nylon 6.6 technology. In 2014, Invista first introduced nylon 6.6 foundations at its newly built facilities in China. The Shanghai-based plant began nylon 6.6 production last year, which prompted Invista to continue its fiber innovation developments.
New small-lot nylon 6.6 fibers will be introduced to international solution-dyed nylon BCF markets under Invista’s Antron Lumena brand.
“We are pleased to be supplying Invista with the highest quality of BCF extrusion technology for this important expansion. As a part of a long-term collaboration in research and development, our teams were challenged and inspired to create enhanced products,” Truetzschler Group CEO Dr. Dirk Burger said.