Fluor Daniel and RPC Inc. to Market Nylon Manufacturing Technology, Benefits Include Lower Costs, Environmental Safety GREENVILLE, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 4, 1999--
Fluor Daniel Thursday reported that it has entered into an agreement with Atlanta-based RPC Inc. (NYSE:RES - news) to market a new technology that more efficiently produces adipic acid, a key component used in the manufacture of Nylon 66.
Scientific researchers funded by RPC, and engineers from Fluor Daniel, the engineering, procurement and construction subsidiary of Fluor Corp. (NYSE:FLR - news), have developed a process owned by RPC for manufacturing adipic acid that is less costly and safer for the environment.
Adipic acid is one of the primary raw materials used to produce what is known as Nylon 66, a synthetic fiber found in carpeting, automobiles, clothing and other commonly used consumer products.
Cost reductions to manufacturers using the new technology could average more than 30 percent in capital costs and more than 20 percent in operating costs, researchers noted. This is the result of the elimination of one of the two oxidation steps currently necessary to produce adipic acid, which require a nitric acid oxidation step that has been eliminated in the new technology.
Additionally, the new technology results in a significant reduction in environmental impact through the elimination of the nitric acid and, thus, the absence of N2O and NOx emissions, researchers reported.