Global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company Royal DSM is planning to construct new polymerisation plants in Augusta, Georgia, which will produce high-viscous polymer for film grades.
To be operated under DSM's engineering plastics business group, the plant will manufacture high-viscous Akulon polyamide 6 polymer for film grades used in flexible food packaging and other segments.
Construction on the plant is scheduled to begin in Q1 2015, with planned completion in mid-2016.
Upon completion, the new plant will become DSM's first polymerisation plant for high-viscosity grades in North America for Akulon polyamide 6.
DSM engineering plastics Americas president Richard Pieters said: "The Augusta location will offer all logistic modalities to our customers in the Americas and leverage the scale of our existing polymer operations.
"We are grateful for the support from the Georgia authorities."
In addition to Akulon and Novamid 6 and 6,66 polyamides, DSM also offers a range of specialty high-performance engineering plastics, including Arnitel TPC copolyester, Arnite PBT and PET polyesters, Stanyl high-performance polyamide 46 and 4T, and bio-based engineering plastics EcoPaXX polyamide 410 and Arnitel Eco copolyester.
Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr said: "DSM engineering plastics' decision to locate its newest plant in Georgia speaks to our position as a global leader in the advanced manufacturing industry.
"With access to leading R&D resources, highly skilled talent and an exceptional logistics system, this forward-looking company will continue to flourish here."
Image: The plant will manufacture high-viscous Akulon polyamide 6 polymer for film grades used in flexible food packaging. Photo: courtesy of Koninklijke DSM N.V.