Thailand: Engineering Asahi Kasei Adds New Production Line to Expand Spunbond Capacity
With the inclusion of the new line which is capable of producing15,000 tonnes per year , Asahi Kasei aims to increase the total capacity for spunbond at its subsidiary AKST to 50,000 tonnes annually.
Thailand – Asahi Kasei will expand production capacity for spunbond nonwovens in Thailand through the addition of a new production line at its subsidiary Asahi Kasei Spunbond (Thailand) Co. (AKST). Together with the two existing lines, the third line of 15,000 tonnes per year will raise total capacity for spunbond at AKST to 50,000 tonnes per year.
Since beginning its spunbond business in 1973, Asahi Kasei has supplied Eltas spunbond for use in a wide variety of applications including disposable diapers and other hygienic products, automotive and other industrial applications, and deodorising sheets and other consumer products. Asahi Kasei has expanded the spunbond business with two production sites in Japan (Moriyama, Shiga, and Nobeoka, Miyazaki) as well as AKST in Thailand since 2012.
AKST started operation of its second production line in 2016 to meet rapidly growing demand for spunbond for diaper applications in Asia. The third line will further reinforce AKST’s capability to meet ongoing demand growth with higher product performance, quality, and cost competitiveness.
Asahi Kasei will continue to enhance its infrastructure for stable supply of spunbond in line with market growth in Asia while responding to the needs of diaper manufacturers in the region.
Outline of the capacity expansion
Location: Saha Group Industrial Park – Siracha, Chonburi Province, Thailand
Product: Polypropylene (PP) spunbond
Capacity: 15,000 tonnes per year (total increasing to 50,000 tonnes per year)
Groundbreaking: March 2019
Start-up: July 2021 (scheduled)