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Invista to Build New Manufacturing Facility

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

Raptor nylon pipe is the perfect marriage of thermoplastic science and brutal toughness. According to Invista, it is the oil and gas industry’s only nylon 6,6 thermoplastic, homogenous single wall pipe and takes up to 200°F, up to 500 PSI.
Raptor nylon pipe is the perfect marriage of thermoplastic science and brutal toughness. According to Invista, it is the oil and gas industry’s only nylon 6,6 thermoplastic, homogenous single wall pipe and takes up to 200°F, up to 500 PSI. (Picture: Invista)

Invista, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, will establish a new manufacturing operation in McPherson, Kansas, in order to expand production of its Raptor nylon pipe product. The company plans to complete conversion of an existing building in McPherson into a nylon pipe extrusion facility and expects to begin production by early spring.

Wichita, Kan./USA – “Establishing a production facility in Kansas brings a number of efficiencies to our customers, including reducing delivery time to targeted basins in the Midwest, flexibility in production, and leveraging the capabilities of a skilled central Kansas workforce,” said Kurt Burmeister, Invista executive vice president. “With demand for our product increasing, we need to increase our production capacity. This is especially true as the current price of oil has led to increased interest in our Raptor nylon pipe, given its performance benefits and potential cost-savings.”

Efficiently connecting wellheads to battery tanks is one of the areas where companies see the distinct value of Raptor nylon pipe. The product was engineered to reduce total job completion costs (material and installation costs) in order to get oil and gas flowing faster to market. In some cases, choosing Raptor nylon pipe can provide up to $25,000 per mile in cost savings for customers, Invista says.

“In addition to producing our existing product portfolio, the new facility in Kansas will allow us to develop future products and react more quickly to urgent customer needs, which we also hope will add significant value to our customers' operations,” added Burmeister.

After extensive research and testing for more than a year, Raptor nylon pipe launched commercially last year, and initial market acceptance has been positive from E&P operators for flow line applications. In addition to the product’s low maintenance cost, E&P companies find the ease and quickness of installation as a major factor in choosing Raptor nylon pipe.

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