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5th March 2019, Tokyo

Mitsui expansion in China

New facility site at Mitsui Advanced Composites (Zhongshan). © Business Wire

New facility site at Mitsui Advanced Composites (Zhongshan). © Business Wire

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals plans to set up a new production facility for long glass fibre reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at its Chinese manufacturing subsidiary Mitsui Advanced Composites in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province.

This will be the company’s third manufacturing base for LGFPP, joining existing plants in Japan and the U.S and will increase total to 10,500 tons per year, with operation planned to commence in September 2020.

Mitsui’s LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene resin with long glass fibres.

The lightweight material offers an attractive appearance, with long glass fibres 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 an increasing need for automotive lightweighting, the company observes. As a result, demand is on the rise for fibre-reinforced resins to substitute for metal.

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