Japan: Materials for the Automotive Industry Asahi Kasei Increases Production of Nylon 66 Filament

Editor: Alexander Stark

Asahi Kasei’s Fibers & Textiles SBU announced that it plans to expand its production capacity for Leona nylon 66 filament in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan.

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Leona nylon 66 filament is widely used in industrial applications, notably airbags.
Leona nylon 66 filament is widely used in industrial applications, notably airbags.
(Source: Asahi Kasei)

Düsseldorf/Germany — Due to its strength, heat resistance, durability, and light weight, Leona nylon 66 filament is widely used in industrial applications, notably airbags and tire cord for the automotive industry, satisfying rigorous quality requirements. According to the manufacturer, this product was enjoying remarkable growth in its predominant application of airbags, as vehicle production in Asia increased and the airbag installation rate rises in line with heightened safety requirements.

The Japanese site in Nobeoka currently has an annual capacity of approx. 33,000 tons. Following the planned expansion, this capacity will increase by 5,000 tons/year. Start-up of the plant is scheduled for the first half of 2019.

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