Production at Evergreen Nylon Recycling suspended

Production of caprolactam from recycled nylon 6 will be suspended for an indefinite period

Production of caprolactam from recycled nylon 6 at the Evergreen nylon Recycling plant in Augusta (Georgia, USA) will be suspended today for an indefinite period. Higher than expected production costs combined with current business and economic conditions for caprolactam in general, have led to Evergreen's decision to suspend operations. Over the next several months, Evergreen will evaluate the situation and make plans to restart the facility. Technical process improvements would then also be made to the facility. Evergreen anticipates a reduction in workforce of approximately 90 employees at its Augusta site over the next several months, including contract personnel. Evergreen, a joint venture between DSM Chemicals North America (Augusta, Georgia) and Honeywell International (Morristown, New Jersey) is the world's largest commercial nylon recycling facility. Evergreen's Augusta facility, which utilizes nylon 6 recycle technology jointly developed by DSM and Honeywell, has been operating at about 60% of its 45,000 tons/year capacity. The joint venture partners have determined that further capital investment will be required to improve the recycle production costs to a more competitive level under normal conditions.

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