Indorama Ventures Expanding Bicomponent Fiber Capacity in U.S.

FiberVisions Corporation, a subsidiary of Indorama Ventures, has received the approval of Indorama Ventures’ board to further expand its bicomponent fiber capacity in Covington, Georgia, U.S.

This new project will be the company’s largest line for producing bicomponent fiber, with 24,000-ton/year capacity, and will have state-of-the-art technology to create a new generation of bicomponent fibers. The innovative design and performance characteristics of these novel fibers will be shared with strategic partners closer to the start-up date.

“We recognize that changes taking place in the nonwovens, hygiene, and industrial markets are creating the need for new performance attributes from our fibers. This expansion will allow our joint venture with JNC Corporation of Japan, ES FiberVisions, to continue delivering differentiated bicomponent fibers that our customers need in order to be successful in their own businesses,” says Tom Zaiser, CEO of FiberVisions. “With this investment in Covington, we will provide new capabilities to our customers, particularly in the carded, air-laid, and air-lay markets. As a pioneer of bicomponent fiber, this expansion will enable ES FiberVisions to remain the leading supplier in the world.”

The new line will create a site with four bicomponent lines servicing the Americas and Europe, and represents one piece of an expansion plan promoting its bicomponent fiber growth worldwide. Indorama Ventures and ES FiberVisions (ESFV), a joint venture between FiberVisions LLC (a subsidiary of Thailand’s Indorama Ventures PCL) and JNC have been successfully expanding bicomponent fiber growth on a global scale. Key projects have been carried out: ES FiberVisions opened a new production facility in Rayong, Thailand in 2017; FiberVisions will be completing a debottleneck of its existing bicomponent fiber lines in Covington this summer; and the previously announced investment to double the capacity of ES FiberVisions Suzhou Co., Ltd. plant to over 28,000-ton/year capacity in Jiangsu Province, China, will be completed in the summer of 2019.

Through the ESFV joint venture between FiberVisions and JNC, the two partners are the world’s largest producers of polyolefin bicomponent fibers, and have the broadest geographic coverage of any producer, with production sites in China, Denmark, Japan, Thailand and the U.S.