Honeywell Resins and Chemicals last week announced that it has broken ground on its new nylon resins production line at its Chesterfield manufacturing facility on Bermuda Hundred Road, according to Healthcare Packaging Magazine.
The state-of-the-art production line will be the only North American source of key food packaging resins.
The new production line can produce multiple grades of Honeywell Aegis® nylon 6 resins, as well as copolymer nylon 6/6.6 resins, both of which are used in food packaging films and other applications. When the line starts up at the end of the year, Honeywell announced its plans to build the new line, which will expand the manufacturing capacity of its facility by 40,000 to 200,000 metric tons per year.
“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,” said Erin Kane, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Resins and Chemicals. “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.”
Approximately 10 billion pounds of food packaging film is produced in North America annually, and the use of nylon films on the continent is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 4.5 percent, according to Freedonia Group, a business research company.
The expansion will also showcase technologies developed by other Honeywell businesses, including Experion® PKS distributed process control systems from Honeywell Process Solutions.
Nylon packaging films made with Aegis® resins provide excellent barrier properties to oxygen, helping to retain flavor and maintain product 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.