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Published on Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Teijin growth plans include eco-textiles

Written by John Mowbray

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::intro::As it looks to restructure its polyester business to improve profits, Japan’s Teijin Limited will drive forward new environmental initiatives, open up new markets in China, as well as moving fibre production to Thailand.::/intro::
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::bodytext::TOKYO – Teijin Limited has revealed a new growth strategy for its Polyester Fibers Business Group, which includes moving production to Thailand and increasing the number and type of polyester products that have a lower impact on the environment.

In addition, to its more immediate goals of achieving and an operating profit of at least 5 billion yen (US$55 million) in fiscal 2012, Teijin says it will develop more solutions for environmental impact reduction. “Capitalising on Teijin’s unique polyester technologies, the group will pursue hybrid strategies that leverage special expertise in biomaterials, recycling, functional materials and manufacturing processes,” said the company. “This will include the launch of advanced bio-polyester and increased sales of a wide range of eco-materials, from general-purpose to highly functional fibres.”

Meanwhile, Teijin also says that it intends to expand its ECO CIRCLE programme - its closed-loop polyester recycling system that is being used by the likes of Patagonia on an increasingly global basis. “[We] will expand this system beyond conventional recycling of recovered products to incorporate innovative new recycling models for the entire polyester chain.”

New applications for the system will be sought in promising markets, such as in Chinese uniforms and industrial materials.

Since last August, the group has been carrying out a number of reforms to optimise its global production system and reform loss-making businesses.  As such polyester fibre production will be transferred from its Matsuyama Plant in Japan to group companies in Thailand by the end of fiscal 2010.

Other measures to increase its competitiveness include taking measures to increase textile sales in China and consider working with foreign OEM companies for yarn and raw staple fibre production, as well as with external product teams in China and ASEAN countries for textile production.

It says the group’s partnership with N.I. Teijin Shoji Co., Ltd. will be strengthened for expanded product delivery.::/bodytext::
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