Teijin Aramid gearing up for increased fiber demand

A story posted on the ICIS News website describes Teijin Aramid's ongoing expansion to meet aramid demand.

According to a story on the ICIS News website, demand for high-performance fibers is growing at around 8 percent/year, says Gert Frederiks, commercial director for Teijin Aramid (Arnhem, The Netherlands). High-growth applications include ballistics protection, safety and optical fiber cable reinforcement.

“Growth is being driven by the trend of customers demanding lighter materials requiring less maintenance, and offering higher performance such as heat resistance and greater protection,” Frederiks says.

Teijin Aramid has annual sales of around €700m ($1 billion). It is part of Teijin Group, based in Osaka, Japan. Teijin Aramid produces four fibers: para-aramids Twaron, Sulfron and Technora, and meta-aramid Teijinconex.

Teijin Aramid is in the midst of a €150m expansion to boost its Twaron capacity by 15 to 20 percent from 23,000 tonnes/year in Emmen and Delfzijl, in The Netherlands. Start-up is expected by the second half of 2008.

Information: ICIS News story, click “here”: http://www.icis.com/Articles/2007/11/05/9079055/Teijin-Aramid-aims-to-boost-high-strength-fibre-capacity-and-introduce-new.html