(Plastemart) -- Teijin Limited's first high-performance polyethylene (HP-PE) unit is to commence commercial production in Emmen, the Netherlands, by H2-2011. Teijin plans to grow its HP-PE business quickly through innovation and market cultivation, targeting a global market share of 15-20% by 2015.
HP-PE, which generally comes in the form of fibers or tapes, is produced with ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene polymers. Being highly resistant to impact, cutting, wear and chemicals while offering outstanding toughness and strength, HP-PE has a wide range of applications, including reinforced plastics, protective materials, ropes, nets and medical materials.
Currently, Teijin produces limited amounts of HP-PE at pilot plants in the Netherlands and Japan. With the successful establishment of viable mass-production technologies and new production processes, as well as the required product quality on a mass-production basis, Teijin has decided to move forward with its commercial production of HP-PE.