Mitsui Chemicals to Expand Meltblown Nonwovens Production Capacity – Nonwovens Industry Magazine

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. will expand its meltblown nonwovens production facilities at its wholly-owned subsidiary Sunrex Industry Co., Ltd. This investment responds to the growing demand for meltblown nonwovens for industrial use, which will increase Mitsui Chemicals Group’s overall meltblown capacity by 30%.

As part of its new Vision 2030 long-term business plan, Mitsui Chemicals will position nonwovens as a growth business under Life & Healthcare Solutions in the revised portfolio. Mitsui Chemicals therefore seeks to provide nonwovens not only as sanitary materials for products such as disposable diapers, but also as industrial materials for a variety of applications.

Products targeted for this purpose will include Tafnel, which can be used as an oil-absorbing material, a structural material for automotive seats and a civil engineering material; Syntex, a structural material for filters and masks, and other high quality nonwovens. In particular, Syntex nano – a brand made up of ultra-fine fibers – should find use in products such as highly advanced precision filters.

In January 2021, Mitsui increased its melt blowing capacity by 50% at its subsidiary Sunrex. This decision also responded to the demand for substrate in industrial applications.

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