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Teijin Introduces SOLFIGA® Brand for Envisioned High-performance Specialized PPS Compounds

Teijin Introduces SOLFIGA® Brand for Envisioned High-performance Specialized PPS Compounds

Teijin Limited announced today the full-scale launch of SOLFIGA®, a new brand of high-performance specialized polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) compounds made w ith proprietary PPS resin technologies of Initz Co., Ltd., a joint venture betw een Teijin and SK Chemicals.

Full-scale production of SOLFIGA® products w ill begin at its Mihara Plant in Hiroshima Prefecture this summer and Teijin targets SOLFIGA® sales to reach JPY 30 billion (USD 260 million) by 2025. To date, Teijin has already produced samples, small-lot orders and several customized products. Later, the company also plans to produce SOLFIGA® products at Teijin Chemicals Plastic Compounds Shanghai Ltd. in China and Teijin Corporation (Thailand) Limited in Thailand.

PPS resin, a super engineering plastic, exhibits excellent heat and chemical resistance as well as mechanical strength, leading to w ide application in the automotive and electronics fields and demand for PPS resin is rapidly increasing. Conventional PPS resins retain chlorine and sodium left over from their raw materials and also contains various byproducts, all of w hich can lead to the corrosion of production molds and functional deterioration of final metal parts, such as defective contacts.

Teijin, w hich w idely supplies high-performance materials including PC resin and compounds to companies in the automotive and electronics fields, is improving its solution capabilities, expanding its resin lineup and providing compound and resin parts. SK Chemicals, w hich possesses innovative technology for the production of chlorine- or sodium-free PPS resins, has been exploring opportunities to enter the PPS-compound field on a full scale. Teijin and SK Chemicals established INITZ in September 2013 to develop, produce and distribute PPS compounds at a new 12,000-ton per annum pass-production plant.

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