Asahi Kasei Discontinues U.S. Spandex Production
Asahi Kasei Fibers acquired the Goose Creek site in 2006, when it purchased the Dorlastan® fibers business from Lanxess AG, Germany. It will continue to produce Dorlastan spandex at a facility in Germany. It also produces Roica™ spandex in Asia.
The closure leaves Invista, Wichita, Kan., as the sole spandex producer in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement regions. Invista produces Lycra® spandex at facilities in Waynesboro, Va.; and Monterrey, Mexico.