THAILAND: Teijin to build meta-aramid fibre plant in Ayutthaya

Construction of the plant will start in December for completion in July 2015, when Teijin's global annual capacity of meta-aramid fibre will nearly double, the company said in a statement released in Tokyo on 11 July 2013.

The newly developed fibre is expected to strengthen Teijin's global presence in the protective-apparel market, where demand for high-performance materials is increasing.

New production technologies developed by Teijin enable the new meta-aramid fibre to achieve unsurpassed heat resistance and excellent dyeability, providing customers with more diversified solutions for the design and manufacture of protective apparel, it says.

"We have supported the global market for protective apparel over decades with our high-performance materials, such as Teijinconex meta-aramid, Twaron and Technora para-aramid, Pyromex flame-resistant fibre and, since recently, with Endumax high-performance polyethylene," said Masaya Endo, Teijin group executive officer and general manager of its high-performance-fibres business unit.

"The new type of meta-aramid fibre strengthens Teijin's competitiveness in the emerging economies and Asia, where the demand for heatproof and flame-retardant high-performance materials is growing due to increasing safety regulations, and in North America and Europe, where the demand is high for advanced solutions that combine comfort and manoeuvrability with high protection."

The group, which has some 150 companies and about 17,000 employees in more than 20 countries, promises to strengthen capabilities in growing markets for protective apparel. The efforts will, among others, be supported by collaboration with the group's research centre in Osaka, Japan, development lab in Wuppertal, Germany, research centre in Arnhem, Netherlands, Asian technical centre in Shanghai, and the Iwakuni and the Matsuyama plants in Japan, the Emmen plant in the Netherlands and, in the foreseeable future, the new plant in Thailand.(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)
Source: Daily "The Nation", Bangkok; 12 July 2013