Teijin Frontier, the fibre product converting company of Teijin Group, has made further moves to position Thailand as a hub for its global operations with the opening of an R&D fibre facility in the country, and the transfer of polyester fibre production to its Thai subsidiary.

To coincide with its 50th anniversary, Teijin Frontier is establishing a research and development facility for fibres, including polyester fibres, at the Thailand Science Park, a private-sector science and technology hub that the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) will open in January 2018.

The centre will mainly research polymers as raw materials for polyester and other fibres and related manufacturing and processing technologies, enabling the company to establish a comprehensive production framework for polyester fibres, from polymers R&D to manufacture and processing, all in Thailand.

It also will collaborate with Teijin's polymerisation and fibre R&D facility in Matsuyama, Japan and Teijin Product Development China Co in Nantong, China as three strategic R&D hubs in Asia. The company says the centre will also enable Teijin Frontier to easily collaborate with Thai governmental R&D bodies based in NSTDA to develop high-performance, high-quality and cost-competitive products.

"Teijin Frontier is strengthening its nurture of excellent personnel to assume key roles in an expanding range of R&D initiatives to support the company's production and technology operations in Thailand," the company said in a release. "Through such efforts, the company expects to enhance its response to global demands for polyester fibres that offer diverse functions, applications and markets."

In this regard, the company has also fully transferred the production of its primary polyester fibre brands to Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL), a subsidiary of Teijin Frontier.

The company has been positioning Thailand as a hub for global operations including not only polyester materials but also aramid fibre production and sales and polycarbonate resin sales, which are expected to contribute to Teijin's global business in high-performance materials. Going forward, the company says it intends to leverage Thailand as a core ASEAN base.