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Asahi Chemical plans two new plants.

Spunbonded and flash spun nonwovens are the targets of two new facilities planned by Asahi Chemical, Osaka, Japan. The first facility, for polyester spunbonded products, will have annual capacity in the range of 5000-8000 tons, doubling current capacity. It is scheduled to be completed some time this year. Asahi is also working on developing thermal bonded spunbondeds made of polyester bicomponent fibers; these should be available in 1993.

The second facility for flashspun "Luxer" nonwovens will add approximately 6000 tons annual capacity to existing production of 1800 tons. Construction on this plant is slated to begin this year, with the new capacity up and running next year. The company has stated plant to increase Luxer production in two capacity expansions to 12,000 and then 16,000 tons a year in an attempt to further compete with Du Pont's "Tyvek" product.
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Publication:Nonwovens Industry
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Date:Apr 1, 1992
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