TOKYO (April 25)—Teijin Ltd. will raise capacity for the high-performance para-aramid fiber Twaron by 20 percent at plants in Emmen and Delfzijl, Netherlands.
Teijin, which bought the Twaron business in late 2000, will invest more than $200 million to bring annual capacity at the Dutch facilities to about 23,000 metric tons to meet rising demand for the material, used in traditional markets such as rubber, optical fiber cables, composite materials, ropes and pipes.
The capacity should be available by the second half of 2006, Teijin said. The project covers expansion of monomer and polymer capacity in Delfzijl and spinning capacity in Emmen. This is Teijin's third major capacity expansion in fiber and pulp production since taking over four years ago.