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Teijin expansion in Thailand

New operation will produce proprietary polyester filaments for apparel and interior applications.

26th October 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Thailand

Clothing/​Footwear, Interiors

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibres and products converting company, began production this month at a new ¥1 billion automated facility for the highly efficient production of polyester filaments at its core base for polyester fibre manufacturing, Teijin Polyester Thailand (TPL).

The new facility is equipped with multi-spindle spinning machines for polyester multifilament yarn and machines capable of adding functional agents and is expected to be producing 1,500 tons of polyester filaments annually by the fiscal year ending in March 2024.

It will enhance the added value of TPL with extra-efficient spinning and an automated process for the uniform drying of the multifilaments. TPL will produce Teijin Frontier’s proprietary polyester filaments for apparel and interior applications, such as Octa, a highly modified hollow-core fibre, and a water-absorbing quick-drying yarn.

Octa, a highly modified hollow-core fibre. © Teijin

Teijin Frontier expects to expand the range and improve the functionality of its Ecopet recycled polyester fibres by integrating the new facility with a separate facility that started operating at TPL in January to convert used plastic bottle flakes sourced in the Thai market into recycled polyester chips.

The new facility accommodates various special polymers and recycled raw materials and additionally can add functional agents to raw yarn for the production of new types of polyester filaments.

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