INVISTA expands US facility to offer breakthrough small-lot, solution-dyed nylon 6.6 technology
A USD 30-million expansion at INVISTA’s fibre manufacturing plant in South Carolina will enable the company to rapidly respond to small-lot, carpet fibre demands. The investment represents the industry’s first-ever offering of one-step, small-lot capability specifically for solution-dyed nylon 6.6
“Our mill customers and the design community rely on INVISTA to offer a palette of hundreds of solution-dyed nylon 6.6 colours 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 colour families while at the same time improving service.”
INVISTA developed this innovative, proprietary small-lot technology by working closely with equipment manufacturer, Truetzschler.
“We are pleased to be supplying INVISTA with the highest quality of BCF extrusion technology for this important expansion,” said Dr Dirk Burger, CEO of the Truetzschler Group. “As a part of a long-term collaboration in research and development, our teams were challenged and inspired to create enhanced products. Truetzschler thanks INVISTA for their confidence in our company.”
The variety of small-lot nylon 6.6 fibres will initially be offered under INVISTA’s Antron® Lumena™ brand to serve the global, growing solution-dyed nylon BCF markets.
With leading brands including 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 clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the United States, INVISTA operates in more than 20 countries and has about 10000 employees.
With about 3000 employees worldwide, and 150 employees in Charlotte NC, Trützschler is one of the world’s leading textile machinery manufacturer. Trützschler specialises in machines, installations and accessories for spinning preparation, the nonwovens and man-made fiber industry. Production sites in Germany, India, China, Brazil, USA and Switzerland, as well as a number of service centres, provide customer proximity in the important textile processing areas.
Since November 2012 Trützschler Man-Made Fibres in Switzerland is bundling decades of experience in development, design and construction of spinning lines for BCF as well as industrial yarns. American Truetzschler operates 365 X parts delivery and electrical and mechanical field service.