The company, best known for its Twaron material, is set to invest millions into its two main production facilities in the Netherlands, bringing between 50 and 100 additional jobs.
Translation by Thomas Ansell
Dagblad van het Noorden reports that the details of the further investment and a new collaboration between Teijin and BioBTX were announced during a meeting hosted by Eemshaven.info. The investment will total between 60 and 100 million euros, and is set to bring dozens of new jobs to both Delfzijl and Emmen.
BioBTX is a producer of green chemicals (such as benzene, xylene, and toluene), and will be working with Teijin to make future production of Twaron more sustainable. Presently, Twaron is made from fossil fuel-based materials. BioBTX is currently based out of Campus Groningen, and is working toward the realisation of a real factory for their green-derived products, which may eventually open its doors in Delfzijl.
Twaron is a material which is similar to Kevlar, but has a a wider range of uses. It was first developed in 1972 by AKZO, before its patent and manufacturing bases were acquired by the Japanese company Teijin in 2000. The material is used in everything from automotive parts to bullet-proof vests. The material is a polymer (plastics are one such synthetic polymer) that is made in liquid form in Delfzijl, and then “spun” into the resulting fibrous material.