MOSCOW (MRC) -- Mitsui Chemicals is expanding its production capacity for meltblown nonwovens at its wholly-owned subsidiary Sunrex Industries in response to growing industrial demand, said the company.
The expansion at the facility in Yokkaichi will increase the Mitsui Chemicals Group's overall production capacity for meltblown nonwovens by 30%, the company said in a statement. Mitsui Chemicals is "looking to supply nonwovens not only as sanitary materials for the likes of disposable diapers but also as industrial materials for a variety of applications", it said. The new line in Yokkaichi is expected to start operations in April 2023.
Products targeted toward this end will include TAFNEL, which can be used as an oil-adsorbing material, a structural material for automotive seats and a civil engineering material; SYNTEX, a structural material for filters and masks; and other such high-quality nonwovens. In particular, SYNTEX nano – a brand consisting of superfine fibers – is expected to meet with use in products such as highly advanced precision filters.
Mitsui Chemicals plans to further bolster and grow its nonwovens business going forward, with the newly announced facility expansion coming as one such move.
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Mitsui Chemicals is a Japanese chemical company that is part of the Mitsui conglomerate. The company has a turnover of about USD15 billion and has operations in Japan, Europe, China, Southeast Asia and the United States. The company mainly produces specialty chemicals, petrochemicals and base polymers.