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October 19, 2021

New Teijin Frontier Thai site to produce recycled polyester chips

The Thai subsidiary of Teijin Frontier Co, Ltd is to launch a new facility to convert used domestically-produced plastic bottles into recycled polyester chips for the production of high-quality polyester filament.

By Beth Wright

Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, announced today (19 October) that its core base for polyester fibre manufacturing, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL), plan to start operations at the new site in January 2022. It expects the facility to produce 7,000 tonnes of recycled polyester chips annually by fiscal 2025.

Teijin Frontier says it will install cleaning equipment and the latest repelletising machine for removing foreign substances from recycled PET bottles before they are molded into chips. TPL will use Teijin Frontier’s proprietary quality-control technologies in its system for turning Thai plastic bottles into recycled polyester chips for the production of polyester filament. The raw yarn produced at TPL will be used in Teijin Frontier’s Ecopet recycled filament yarn. 

Products made with recycled materials have been growing in recent years due to increasing environmental awareness. In addition, Teijin Frontier notes the demand for recycled polyester filaments as well as staple polyester fibres has increased significantly. To date, Teijin Frontier has been procuring recycled raw materials to meet these growing demands. In the interim, the company has been seeking recycled-polyester raw material suppliers that could help the company both to eliminate high-impact long-distance transportation and to optimise its resource-cycling operations. Despite its best efforts, however, the company eventually determined that it would not be possible to secure stable, high-quality bottle flakes in the vicinity of Thailand, where Teijin Frontier’s main plants are located. 

Teijin Frontier, guided by its Think Eco environmental initiative, is striving to improve its environmental value, including by developing environmentally friendly materials and products for applications ranging from clothing to industrial materials.

Going forward, Teijin Frontier will continue to promote the recycling of used PET bottles in Thailand, where the company has been operating for more than 50 years.

Teijin Frontier’s Teijin Cordley Limited recently announced it has developed a new antibacterial and antiviral artificial leather incorporating a long-lasting antibacterial agent.

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