Thailand plants: Teijin opens compounding/R&D facilities; Chemical firms lay ground work for facility in Rayong

Teijin opens compounding/R&D facilities

Japan’s Teijin Limited has commenced operations of ASEAN compound plant and technical centre at Teijin Corporation (Thailand) Limited in Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate, Ayutthaya, Thailand. The new plant and R&D facility are Teijin’s third resin-related R&D hub in Asia, following the facilities in Japan and China. The three Asian hubs will collaborate to meet the global demand for new resin compounds, focusing on the automotive and electronics sectors.

Economic and population growth are stimulating the demand for high-performance resin products, so needs for resin compounds are also expanded in the ASEAN region. Teijin is currently meeting this demand through its compound production facilities in Japan and China and subcontractor factories across the ASEAN region. The new plant will provide the company with the capacity to meet that growing demand more quickly

Teijin says it is marketing high value-added resin products leveraging the resin compound expertise it has accumulated over many years and is positioning the new technical centre in Thailand as a development hub for the ASEAN region. The company intends to accelerate its business expansion by strengthening its product development capabilities and focusing these on the fast-growing Chinese and ASEAN markets.

Commented Noboru Yamanishi, General Manager of Teijin’s Resin & Plastic Processing Business Unit, “These newly established production and development capabilities will allow Teijin to meet the demand for compound resin products that address the need for further weight reduction and enhanced functionality of next-generation automobile and communication device. We aim to contribute to the further development of the region by collaborating proactively with ASEAN customers and partner companies in order to provide innovative products that meet diverse needs. “

Chemical firms lay ground work for facility in Rayong

In other news, Kuraray GC Advanced Materials (KGC) has broken ground on a specialty chemicals plant in WHA Eastern Industrial Estate, Map Ta Phut, Rayong, Thailand. Bangkok-headquartered KGC is a joint venture company between Kuraray Co. Ltd, PTT Global Chemical and Sumitomo Corp. Scheduled for completion in 2022, the plant will produce 13,000 tonnes/year of polyamide 9T (PA9T) and 16,000 tonnes/year of hydrogenated styrenic block co-polymer (HSBC). The products are targeted for the automotive and electrical & electronics (E&E) sectors.

The shareholding of each party in the KGC joint venture is PTTGC at 33.4%, Kuraray at 53.3% through an affiliated company, and Sumitomo at 13.3% through an affiliated company.

Kuraray currently manufactures polyamide 9T, PA9T under the Genestar brand and HSBC under the Septon brand. Both products are under the management of KGC, the joint venture between Kuraray, GC, and Sumitomo Corporation. Kuraray also produces special chemicals such as methyl pentanediol under the management of KAC, one of its affiliates. All products are made using Kuraray’s proprietary technologies.

PA9T’s outstanding thermal and mechanical properties give it chemical resistance and dimensional stability. This makes it ideal for producing delicate and complicated yet robust components that are perfect substitutes for metal in auto parts production, leading to lighter and more energy-efficient vehicles.

A combination of rubber and thermoplastic, HSBC’s key properties include rubber-like softness, weather resistance, the ability to be easily injection moulded when compounded, and recyclability. Many industries use HSBC including consumer products and the automotive and construction sectors. It is also suitable for medical and baby products and items such as swim fins, window seals, and toothbrush handles.


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