Nylon from the sun: Verdezyne opens pilot plant for bio-based adipic acid

December 1, 2011 |

In California, Verdezyne has opened its first pilot plant to produce adipic acid, a key component of nylon 6,6. The new facility, located in Carlsbad, California will be used to accelerate the commercialization of Verdezyne’s bio-based adipic acid, which is one of two components used to manufacture ‘green’ nylon 6,6 and thermoplastic polyurethane resins from renewable sources, such as non-food based vegetable oils.

In addition to lower production costs, Verdezyne’s method uses non-food, plant-based feedstocks to produce a variety of commercial diacids.

Moreover, Verdezyne’s production methods are expected to generate less CO2 and other pollutants as compared with incumbent methods.  A variety of products are currently produced worldwide from petroleum-based nylon, including engineered plastics, carpets, clothing and other assorted textiles. Production of these types of products translates to an adipic acid market of more than $6 billion globally.

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