Teijin to Boost Production of Technora® Para-aramid Fiber

Tokyo, Japan, March 29, 2016 --- Teijin Limited today announced it will expand Technora para-aramid fiber production by 10% through increasing capacity in Teijin’s Matsuyama Factory. Construction begins this June at a cost of 1.5 billion JPY, with operation slated to begin from October 2017.

Teijin and the group’s core aramid-fibers business Teijin Aramid B.V. will jointly expand the worldwide sales of Technora in response to increasing market demand worldwide.

High-performance composite materials offering new value are one of the four business pillars in the Transformation and Growth Strategies of Teijin’s current medium-term business plan. Promising fields for Teijin’s high-performance fibers include infrastructure and energy, safety, functional paper and filters, and mobility. By boosting Technora capacity, the company is putting a higher priority on leveraging high-performance materials in advanced solutions to meet diverse demands in the global market.

Teijin is a world leader in para-aramid fibers. Renowned for their strength, tensile modulus and resistance to impact, Teijin’s Twaron, Technora para-aramid fibers are used worldwide for applications including reinforcement materials for automobile rubber parts and composites to civil engineering ropes and cables, and protective clothing. Technora is produced by Teijin Limited in Japan and Twaron is produced by Teijin Aramid in the Netherlands.

Displaying particular merit is Technora, which was independently developed by Teijin and has been commercially available since 1987. It features high tensile strength and resistance to impact, fatigue, chemicals, moisture and heat. It takes advantage of these superior properties in order to meet the specific requirements of a range of applications such as reinforcement materials for transmission belt, hose and ground. Technora has been produced by full-capacity operation, with its global market steadily increasing since 2014. 

About Teijin's Aramid Fibers
Teijin is a world leader in aramid fibers. Renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight, Twaron, Technora, Teijinconex and Teijinconex neo are used worldwide for applications including automobiles, ballistic protection, marine products, civil engineering, protective clothing, and oil drilling.

Twaron para-aramid fiber is produced by Teijin Aramid in the Netherlands, while Technora para-aramid fiber is produced by Teijin Limited in Japan. Both can withstand temperatures of up to 400°C and offer exceptional strength for bulletproof and stab-resistant protective clothing. They also are excellent materials for automotive brake pads and reinforcement in tires and fiber-optic cables.

Teijinconex meta-aramid fiber produced by Teijin Limited in Japan offers highly durable heat resistance and flame retardation for firefighting protective apparel and industrial uniforms. It is also used as a reinforcement material for heat-resistant filters, rubber belts and turbocharger hoses. In August 2015, Teijin (Thailand) Limited began producing Teijinconex neo, a dyeable meta-aramid fiber offering high heat-resistance.
 

About the Teijin Groupe
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 JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. 

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