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TRENDS JULY 2018 20 CompositesWorld As reported by CW in November 2016, Teijin Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) purchased roughly 440 acres of commercial land in Greenwood, SC, US, to establish a carbon fiber production site, projecting an investment of US$600 million by 2030. Now, 18 months later, Teijin has broken ground on its first TENAX structural carbon fiber plant in the US. It will join the company's established Rockwood, TN, facility, which manufactures Pyromex carbon fiber used in flame-resistant insulation, carbon/carbon brakes and gas diffusion layers for fuel cells. CW attended Teijin's groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 1, 2018, held at the new site outside of Greenwood. Teijin joins a grow- ing list of high-tech manufactur- ers in Greenwood, located directly across from FUJIFILM Manufacturing USA. Inc. (the North American Manufacturing and R&D headquarters for this wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based FUJIFILM) and Ascend Performance Materials (Houston, TX, US), reportedly the world's largest producer of Nylon 6.6 resin. Jane Thomas, president of Teijin Holdings USA Inc., began the cere- mony, answering the question, "Why Greenwood?" She explained that the decision involved a complex matrix of factors including infrastructure, incen- tives and an unbeatable coalition via the Greenwood Partnership Alliance, "but mostly it was the people." She described the local culture as a combi- nation of "grit and grace" and noted the unwavering commitment from the city, county and state. "This new facility will produce the most signifi- cant manufactured material of our generation," said Thomas, adding that industrial demand for carbon fiber is surging. "This site will create hundreds of jobs and will support families for generations." Mr. Toshiya Koyama, executive officer of Teijin Limited said, "Carbon fiber is one of Teijin's core businesses. We are building this facility to grow our business footprint in the US and to serve as a global hub for Teijin carbon fiber for the aerospace and automo- tive industries." "We look forward to this new chapter of Teijin's expansion in the US," said Yukito Miyajima, president of Teijin Carbon Fibers Inc. (TCF). "We are strengthening its global upstream-to- downstream carbon fiber business." Noting the company's beginning 100 years ago in the summer of 1918, he added, "Our 101 st year starts here in Teijin breaks ground on carbon fiber facility in South Carolina Source | CW OMAX abrasive waterjets can cut a wide range of materials and do more thanks to advanced technology and accessories. Get the whole story at VISIT US AT IMTS 2018 IN BOOTH #236222

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