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Kuraray Adds Vectran® Fiber Capacity

Tokyo-based Kuraray Co. Ltd., manufacturer of Vectran® multifilament yarn spun from liquid crystal polymer, is increasing Vectran fiber production by 40 percent to 1,000 tons per year. The company has completed an expansion project at its manufacturing plant in Saijo, Japan, and also will bring additional capacity online at its Fort Mill, S.C., manufacturing facility in May.

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According to Kuraray, Vectran fiber is suitable for performance and safety applications that require strength, durability and dimensional stability. The company supplies the fiber to a wide variety of manufacturing segments including aerospace, military, industrial, rope and cable, and composites for such end-uses as NASA space systems, inflatable wind-turbine generators and helicopter slings.

"We manufacture a very unique fiber whose combination of properties meets demanding performance requirements where other fibers fail," said Dr. Elizabeth G. Stoner, general manager, Vectran Division. "We see many opportunities to expand the use of Vectran fiber. We are growing rapidly and this capacity expansion is enabling us to better service our customers globally."

March/April 2008