The Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (TOKYO) has taken the decision of setting up a new production facility for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene at Chinese manufacturing subsidiary Mitsui Advanced Composites (Zhongshan) Co, Ltd.
This will mark the third manufacturing base for LGFPP under the name Mitsui Chemicals. The prior existing manufacturing bases are in Japan and the U.S.
Set-up of this new facility is scheduled to be complete by February 2020. The capacity of the plant will be 3,500 tons/year and operation is expected to commence by September 2020. With this new facility Mitsui Chemicals’ will increase its total production capacity for LGFPP to 10,500 tons per year.
Developed by Prime Polymer Co., Ltd., Mitsui Chemicals’ LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene (PP) resin with long glass fibers. Its lightweight material has an attractive appearance and the long glass fibers provide a good balance between hardness and impact resistance.
The material has already penetrated areas such as the unpainted insides of rear car doors. The recent strengthening of environmental regulations and a shift toward electric vehicles have led to increasing needs for automotive lightweighting.
As a consequence of this, the demand for fiber-reinforced resins is on the rise and is further expected to flourish for materials which are able to substitute for metals in various parts. For Example: car doors and other such parts. Mitsui Chemicals aims to achieve further business expansion in mobility, a key sector for the company, by continuing to correctly gauge global growth in demand.