By Richard Higgs
Polymer and nylon products manufacturer JSC Grodno Khimvolokno intends to more than double its polyamide-6 production capacity to feed a planned modernised nylon cord fabric and fibres plant.
The company, based in Grodno in north-western Belarus, aims to install new equipment to turn out granulate PA-6 in 2011 with a capacity of 108,700 tpa, managing director Konstantin Mayanov was quoted as saying by the national news agency Belta.
A modernisation programme will see the reconstruction of the firm's cord fabric and nylon fibre unit, the addition of facilities for processing polyamide into filaments, fibres and technical yarns and the rebuilding of the plant's twisting shop. The cord and fibre unit will be completed by 2013.
Currently, Grodno Khimvolokno is capable of producing more than 50,000 tpa of PA-6 and over 35,000 tpa of fibres and yarn.
Modernisation of the plant by this 30-year-old company will not only improve product quality and efficiency, but also reduce the firm's consumption of raw materials and of energy resources, the managing director predicted.