Teijin Aramid spin lines back up to speed

Increased demand and tightening supply have forced Teijin Aramid to resume its spin lines in The Netherlands for the production of Twaron and Technora fiber.

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Teijin Aramid (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a subsidiary of Teijin Group, announced on Oct. 25 that its spin lines in Arnhem, The Netherlands, for the production of Twaron are fully operational again. Further, Teijin Aramid's Emmen and Delfzijl production locations, also in The Netherlands, are back to full production capacity. The company credits a recovering market and tightening supply for start up the last spin line, which had been shut down because of the global recession.

Many spin lines were suspended in 2009, but in June 2010, Teijin Aramid announced that the last spin line was starting up again. Demand for Twaron and Technora recovered faster than expected, particularly in the first half of 2010.

The last line also resumed operation for commercial production in mid-September. "This is an ultramodern spin line with an unusual background. We put the line into operation just before the crisis, but we had to suspend it four months later due to sharply declining demand. The restart of this line is good news for everyone at Teijin Aramid; it signifies an end to the economic crisis for the time being," said Gert Frederiks, CEO of Teijin Aramid.

This spin line was part of one of Teijin's major investments. More than €1 billion was invested in the Delfzijl and Emmen production locations during the past decade.

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