Honeywell Resins and Chemicals has broken ground on a new nylon resins production line at its production plant in Chesterfield, Virginia, US.
When operational in the fourth quarter of this year, the new line will expand the facility's manufacturing capacity by 40,000t to 200,000t annually.
The production line will generate multiple grades of Honeywell Aegis nylon 6 resins, as well as copolymer nylon 6/6.6 resins, making the facility the first and only supplier of both resins in North America.
Both nylon 6 resins and copolymer nylon 6/6.6 resins are used in food packaging films and other applications.
Honeywell Resins and Chemicals vice-president and general manager Erin Kane said: "Honeywell has been committed to the nylon market for more than 60 years, and we are investing in expanding our capabilities and developing new technologies.
"Our position as the only fully integrated North American manufacturer of both nylon 6 and copolymer nylon 6/6.6 will provide film manufacturers with a more secure resin supply than they have today."
The nylon packaging films made with Aegis resins provide barrier against oxygen, thus helping the product to retain flavour and freshness.
In addition to food packaging films, Aegis resins are used in automotive, consumer and industrial applications spanning from carpeting and fishnet to plastic parts.
Honeywell Resins and Chemicals also manufactures nylon films under the Aegis and Capran brands for use in food packaging, as well as industrial applications ranging from wind turbine blades to aerospace components.
Image: The new production line at Honeywell's Chesterfield plant will be the only North American source of key food packaging resins. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / Honeywell Resins and Chemicals.