China: Engineering Mitsui Chemicals to Construct New Production Facility for Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene
The new plant is the company’s third manufacturing base for Long Glass Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene and is expected to increase the firm’s production capacity to 10,500 tonnes per year.
Tokyo/Japan – Mitsui Chemicals has decided to set up a new production facility for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at its Chinese manufacturing subsidiary Mitsui Advanced Composites (Zhongshan) Co in China. This will become the firm’s third manufacturing base for LGFPP, joining existing bases in Japan and the U.S. By establishing this new facility, the company’s production capacity for LGFPP will increase to 10,500 tonnes per year.
Developed by Prime Polymer Co., Mitsui Chemicals’ LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene (PP) resin with long glass fibers. The lightweight material offers an attractive appearance, with long glass fibers providing a good balance between hardness and impact resistance. The material is already being adopted in areas such as the unpainted insides of rear car doors.
The recent strengthening of environmental regulations and a shift towards electric vehicles has led to increasing needs for automotive lightweighting. As a result, demand is on the rise for fiber-reinforced resins and is expected to grow further for such materials that are able to substitute for metal such as car doors and other such parts.