Teijin to open first high-performance polyethylene facility

November 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Teijin Ltd is to open its first commercial facility for the production of high-performance polyethylene (HP-PE). The site in Emmen, the Netherlands, is expected to begin production by the second half of 2011.

Manufactured using ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) polymers, HP-PE generally comes in the form of fibres or tapes. This high-performance polyethylene is said to be highly resistant to impact, cutting, wear and chemicals, offering outstanding toughness and strength. HP-PE is used in reinforced plastics, protective materials, ropes, nets and medical materials.

Teijin decided to begin commercial production of HP-PE following successful pilot projects at Teijin Aramid BV and Teijin Techno Products Limited. Researchers at the sites in the Netherlands and Japan managed to establish viable mass-production technologies and new production processes for HP-PE, which meet the required quality for mass-production.

The company plans to grow its HP-PE business quickly through innovation and market cultivation, targeting a global market share of 15% to 20% by 2015.  Source: World Textile Information Network

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