Invista to source polyamide 66 from Middle East

Invista (Wichita, KS) has signed an exclusive, long-term agreement with Petrochemical Conversion Company Ltd. (PCC; Jubail, Saudi Arabia) to purchase and market polyamide 66 engineering resin manufactured at PCC's new world-scale PA 66 plant in Al-Jubail. The new facility-expected to start up in late 2013 or early 2014-will produce up to 50,000 tonnes/year of polyamide 66. Other than PCC's own sales in Saudi Arabia, the product will be sold and marketed under Invista's Torzen engineering polymers brand.

"As the automotive, electrical and other industries continue to discover the benefits of nylon 66 engineering polymers, we expect demand will continue to grow," said Kurt Burmeister, executive vice president, Invista Engineering Polymers. "Compounders and consumers all over the world-including China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Turkey-rely on high quality nylon 66 polymers to produce innovative end products. This deal with PCC will help provide compounders the necessary polymer to keep their businesses growing and thriving."

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