ARNHEM, Netherlands—Teijin Aramid B.V. is expanding production capacity for the Twaron aramid "super fiber" at its facility in Emmen, Netherlands.
In a July 13 statement, the Teijin group company said it will be investing an undisclosed amount in new spinning technology at the plant, which is scheduled to come online in the first quarter of 2019.
The investment, Teijin said, is in response to growing demand for the high-performance para-aramid fibe and the new spinning technology which facilitates increased production capacity. The new technology also is expected to increase automation of the spinning process to reduce the amount of physical work by operators.
"The investment will enable us to meet the growing market demand and simultaneously implement the latest technology," said Gert Frederiks, CEO and president of Teijin Aramid.
Teijin Aramid said it has invested 5 percent of annual revenue in research and development in each of the last five years.
As of 1 April, Japanese group Teijin has merged all of its aramid activities into one global business unit. Teijin Aramid is now responsible for all aramid and polyethylene products the company is producing, developing and selling.