MOSCOW (MRC) -- Asahi Kasei Fibers will construct a new production facility for Bemliese cellulose nonwoven fabric in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, reported the company on its site.
Bemliese is the world’s only continuous-filament cellulose nonwoven fabric. It is composed of regenerated cellulose fiber made from cotton linter, the short fibers on cotton seeds. These natural origins impart a high level of environmental compatibility which makes Bemliese the ideal material for a wide range of applications - in the skincare and medical fields, as wipers for industrial and commercial use, in landscaping, and in beverage filtration.
Sold in markets around the world, Bemliese is enjoying particularly strong demand growth in skincare applications, and such demand growth is forecasted to continue. The new production facility will enable Asahi Kasei Fibers to better meet the needs of customers as markets for Bemliese expand worldwide.
As MRC informed before, Asahi Kasei’s (Tokyo, Japan) Fibers division will expand production capacity for polypropylene spunbond nonwovens in Thailand at its subsidiary Asahi Kasei Spunbond (Thailand) Co. AKST will add a new production line of 20,000 metric tons per year capacity which, combined with its existing production line, will double its capacity for spunbond nonwovens to 40,000 m.t/yr. The investment for the capacity expansion is approximately USD5 billion, with a scheduled startup of November 2015.
Asahi Kasei Corporation is a global Japanese chemical company. Its main products are chemicals and materials science.