20 February 2018
20 February 2018
Teijin has announced the full-scale launch of its new SOLFIGA high-performance polyphenylene sulphide (PPS) compounds made with proprietary PPS resin technologies from Initz, a Teijin/SK Chemicals joint venture.
Full-scale production of SOLFIGA products will begin at the company's Mihara Plant in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, this summer. Teijin is expecting SOLFIGA sales to reach JPY30 billion (US$260 million) by 2025. The company has already produced samples, small-lot orders and several customised products. In future, it also plans to produce SOLFIGA products in China and Thailand.
Teijin says it decided to combine its high-performance material and compound technologies with Initz's PPS resin to offer wider solutions for manufacturers requiring weight reduction and enhanced designability. The company expects to develop SOLFIGA mainly for automotive and electronics solutions, responding to diversifying demands from global customers in these fields.
The SOLFIGA lineup incorporates various Teijin high-performance materials, such as aramid and carbon fibres and specialised polycarbonate (PC) resin. Products include a carbon fibre/PPS grade which offers high strength, high tenacity and conductivity for structural parts, and an aramid fibre/PPS grade providing resistance to abrasion, wear and shock in gear and sliding parts.
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