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Mitsui Chemicals to establish production facility in Ohio for long-glass-fibre-reinforced polypropylene

Construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed in September 2019, with start-up planned for October 2019.


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September 21, 2018 by Canadian Plastics

The new facility site at Advanced Composites Inc.

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals Inc. will set up a new production facility for long-glass-fibre-reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at the Sidney, Ohio plant of its U.S. subsidiary Advanced Composites Inc.

Construction of the facility is scheduled to be completed in September 2019, with start-up planned for October 2019.

The plant will have a capacity of 3,500 tonnes/year and primarily target sales into the mobility sector.

LGFPP is a lightweight composite material that offers an attractive appearance and a good balance between hardness and impact resistance. The material is already being adopted in applications such as the unpainted insides of rear car doors.

“The recent strengthening of environmental regulations and a shift toward electric vehicles has led to increasing needs for automotive lightweighting,” Mitsui said in a statement. “As a result, demand is expected to grow for fiber-reinforced resins, which offer the prospect of a 30 per cent reduction in weight when used to replace metal. The decision to establish a new LGFPP production facility in the U.S. comes in response to growing demand in North America.”