Japan’s MMF Production Down 1.9% in H1

According to the Japan Chemical Fibers Association, the nation’s man-made fiber production during January-June 2018 decreased by 1.9% year-on-year to 448,430 tons, of which synthetic fibers declined by 2.6% to 354,227 tons. Production decreased for the three major synthetic fiber items of nylon, polyester and acrylics. As a result of structural reforms, the production of polyester staple fiber fell 13.7% to 42,548 tons. The production of polyester filament also decreased by 4.9% to 58,835 tons, along with that of nylon filament by 5.8% to 46,175 tons and acrylic staple fiber by 3.0% to 60,595 tons. Meanwhile, the production of polypropylene staple fiber and filament increased, thanks to an expansion of

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Teijin Frontier to Acquire J.H. Ziegler

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. has agreed to acquire J.H. Ziegler GmbH, a leading German supplier of automotive interior materials, at a cost of approximately 125 million euro. Ziegler will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin Frontier. The acquisition of Ziegler will be made by means of cash and newly raised funding, and is scheduled to be completed in August 2018 after confirmation that all customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval, have been met. Headquartered in Achern-Oberachern, Ziegler supplies advanced nonwoven lining structures, including materials with superior ventilation capabilities that help prevent wrinkling and keep luxurious appearance of genuine leather materials. The company also produces market-leading top-quality sound-absorbing materials and

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ZDHC Recognizes Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex as a Level 3 Indicator of ZDHC MRSL Conformance

Oeko-Tex announces that its Eco Passport certification has been recognized as a Level 3 ZDHC MRSL Conformance Indicator for the ZDHC Roadmap To Zero Program. The ZDHC organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) is implemented in connection with the ZDHC Gateway – Chemical Module. ZDHC MRSL Conformance Level 3, the highest level in the current program, indicates that Eco Passport certified chemical substances meet the ZDHC’s guidelines for safer textile chemistries that are also verified as being responsibly manufactured. The ZDHC’s MRSL covers chemical substances that are limited or banned from intentional use in the production of apparel and footwear materials and trim in order to protect workers, consumers

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