Leading Aramid yarn manufacturer Teijin Limited had announced the expansion of its manufacturing capacity of Technora® para-aramid fiber by 10%. The capacity increase will be done at Teijin’s Matsuyama Factory in Japan. Construction of the facility begins this June at a cost of 1.5 billion Japanese Yen and the operation is slated to begin from October 2017.
Aramid yarns are used in fiber optic cables to provide tensile strength. Aramid fibers have tough tenacity, lightweight, and high young’s modulus and for these reasons, it has found its application in All-dielectric fiber optic cables, especially All-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) cables. ADSS cables need high tensile strength to withstand wind and ice loading conditions and lower mass in order to make aerial installation easier.
Demand for fiber optic cables in the global market is on the rise and the year 2016 will witness one of the highest demands for fiber optic cables in comparison to the previous years. China consumes almost fifty percent of the total fiber optic cables consumed worldwide. Growth in fiber optic cable production has been demanding a supply of more aramid yarns by cable manufacturers worldwide. Responding to the increasing global demand for aramid products, Teijin had decided to expand its production capacity.
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.
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.