Indorama Ventures expands bicomponent fiber capacity in US

Indorama expands bicomponent fibre capacity in US

9:26 AM, 25th May 2018
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BANGKOK, THAILAND: FiberVisions Corporation, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures, has expanded its bicomponent fibre capacity in Covington, Georgia, US. This new project will be the company’s largest line for producing bicomponent fibre, with 24,000 tons per year capacity, and will have state-of-the-art technology to create a new generation of bicomponent fibres.

The innovative design and performance characteristics of these novel fibres will be shared with our strategic partners closer to the start-up date.

The new line will create a site with four bicomponent lines servicing the Americas and Europe and represents one piece of an expansion plan promoting our bicomponent fibre growth worldwide.

Indorama Ventures and ES FiberVisions (ESFV), a joint venture between FiberVisions LLC (a subsidiary of Thailand's Indorama Ventures PCL) and Japan's JNC Corporation, have been successfully expanding bicomponent fibre growth on a global scale.

Key projects have been carried out: ES FiberVisions opened a new production facility in Rayong, Thailand in 2017; FiberVisions Corporation will be completing a debottleneck of its existing Bicomponent fiber lines in Covington in the summer of 2018; and the previously announced investment to double the capacity of ES FiberVisions Suzhou Co, Ltd plant to over 28,000 tons per year capacity in Jiangsu Province, China, will be completed in the summer of 2019.

Through the ES FiberVisions joint venture between FiberVisions and JNC Corporation, the two partners are the world’s largest producers of polyolefin bicomponent fibres and have the broadest geographic coverage of any producer, with production sites in China, Denmark, Japan, Thailand and the United States.

“We recognize that changes taking place in the nonwovens, hygiene, and industrial markets are creating the need for new performance attributes from our fibres. This expansion will allow our joint venture with JNC of Japan, ES FiberVisions, to continue delivering differentiated bicomponent fibres that our customers need in order to be successful in their own businesses,” said Tom Zaiser, CEO of FiberVisions Corporation.

“With this investment in Covington, we will provide new capabilities to our customers, particularly in the Carded, Air Laid, and Air Lay markets. As a pioneer of bicomponent fibre, this expansion will enable ES FiberVisions to remain the leading supplier in the world,” added Zaiser.

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