LONDON (GC Intelligence) – A major lengthy shutdown of the only adiponitrile (ADN) plant in Europe has ended.
Butachimie, owned 50 percent by INVISTA and 50 percent by Solvay, had closed the plant in Chalampe, France, for maintenance for two months.
The company during this period of maintenance installed the latest generation of INVISTA’s ADN technology.
After the restat phase, which began on 30 December, the company expects that production capacity will increase by around 20 percent.
ADN is a key raw material intermediary for the production of nylon 66 (PA66).
This €250m investment project should serve to alleviate the structural market tightness of PA66.