KINGSTON, ON – June 22, 2011 – To help meet continued demand driven by growth of the global airbag market, INVISTA, one of the airbag industry’s leading suppliers, has developed plans to invest in adding another seven kilotons of spinning capacity at its Kingston, Canada, facility.
“The INVISTA Kingston site’s ability to rapidly adapt to market changes is one of our key competitive advantages, said Peter Kraus, INVISTA Kingston site manager. “Global demand for airbag fibre is growing and INVISTA Kingston is well positioned to serve that demand, which further enhances our long-term competitiveness and viability”.
“Our customers have sent us a very clear message that their demand is increasing across the world, which creates a need for us to invest in capital equipment –” said John Barnes, INVISTA global business director for industrial nylon products. “These efforts will help us to support our customers’ needs to secure access to this important raw material.”
Barnes continued, “We are currently working closely with major airbag system manufacturers to understand their needs. The design work for the Kingston expansion is largely complete, and assuming continued strong market demand, construction can begin in the second half of 2011.”
Jeff Brown, vice president of INVISTA performance materials, explained that the rapid execution around this particular investment is quite novel. “By utilizing innovative equipment design and construction techniques, our teams have developed creative options to allow us to rapidly replicate our existing machine technology” said Brown. “These efforts should allow INVISTA to complete this project in roughly half of the time of a typical design-and-build program.”
INVISTA Performance Surfaces & Materials is a world leader in premium fibers and materials for interiors, automotive and industrial nylon applications. INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibers, primarily for nylon, spandex and polyester applications. With a business presence in over 20 countries, INVISTA’s global businesses deliver exceptional value for their customers through technology innovations, market insights and a powerful portfolio of global trademarks including: ADI-PURE®, ANTRON®, AVORA®, C12™, COMFOREL®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, CORFREE®, DACRON®, DBE®, DYTEK®, FRESHFX®, LYCRA®, PERFORMA™, POLARGUARD®, POLYSHIELD®, POLYCLEAR®, SOLARMAX®, STAINMASTER®, SUPPLEX®, SUPRIVA™, TACTEL®, TACTESSE®, TERATE®, TERATHANE® and THERMOLITE®. For more information, visit www.INVISTA.com.