Teijin to Launch New Type of Meta-aramid Fiber For Advanced Protective-clothing Solutions

Tokyo, Japan, January 15, 2015 --- Teijin Limited announced today the coming launch of Teijinconex neo, a new type of meta-aramid fiber offering unsurpassed heat resistance, as well as excellent dyeability. Production at a new Teijin facility in Ayutthaya, Thailand, which will nearly double the annual capacity of Teijin's global meta-aramid fiber production, is scheduled to start in mid-2015.

Teijin has developed a unique production process which enables Teijinconex neo to achieve unsurpassed heat resistance and excellent dyeability. This will provide customers with highly diversified solutions for the design and manufacturing of protective apparel, a feature that is not yet available or offered in the market. In addition, Teijin’s new production technologies ensure a compliance with for example REACH and other environmental regulations directly out of the factory and without additional treatment. This technology is also new and unique in this market.

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Teijinconex neo dyed staple fiber

Teijinconex neo dyed fabric

Teijin’s protective apparel strategy
Teijinconex neo will further strengthen Teijin’s position and competitiveness in the emerging economies of Asia and other regions, where the demand for heat-proof and flame-retardant high-performance materials is growing due to increasing safety awareness and regulations. Teijinconex neo will also meet the strong demand in the markets of Japan, North America and Europe for protective clothing solutions that combine comfort, maneuverability as well as high protection property. Teijin is targeting sales revenue of JPY 20 billion in the global safety and protection field by 2020.

Teijin’s aramid fibers Teijinconex meta-aramid, Twaron and Technora para-aramid have made significant contributions to the advancement of protective apparel over the decades. High-performance composite materials that offer new value are one of the four pillars of Teijin’s Transformation and Growth Strategies in its medium-term business plan. By leveraging its high-performance materials, Teijin aims to provide highly advanced solutions for increasingly diversified demands in the global market.

Introduction during Intersec
The Teijinconex neo product will be introduced during Intersec, the world’s leading security and safety exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai from January 18-20. (No. 6-D38)


About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY784.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 768.4 billion (USD 7.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.

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