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  • eztry1999 eztry1999 Nov 4, 1999 10:18 AM Flag

    Fluor Daniel RPC to Market Nylon Mfg

    Fluor Daniel and RPC Inc. to Market Nylon
    Manufacturing Technology, Benefits Include Lower Costs,
    Environmental Safety
    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

    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

    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.

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