JUL 2018


Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 22 of 59

NEWS 21 Teijin Breaks Ground in South Carolina Greenwood. We will integrate Teijin's carbon fiber business with US industries." After the ceremony, CW spoke with Shukei Inui, General Manager Carbon Fibers Business Unit for Teijin. "This new facility will take roughly two years to construct, with production starting in the second half of 2020. The first industry it will support is aerospace, with products such as Teijin's high-tenacity and intermediate modulus 12K and 24K fibers." He notes that Teijin already supplies carbon fiber to the automotive industry and this South Carolina facility will help to grow this market. Inui said that polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor for the Greenwood plant will be imported from Teijin's newly completed line in Japan (an expansion announced in November 2017). However, with sufficient growth in the market, Inui suggested that such a line could possibly be built here in the future as well. Although the exact production numbers for the South Carolina plant have not been disclosed, Inui said it will be one of the largest-capacity facilities for Teijin, similar to the 2,700 MT/yr line added to its Mishima Plant in Japan in 2008. The strong partnership between Japan and South Carolina was highlighted by Takashi Shinozuka, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta, GA. "South Carolina is well-known in Japan as a great place to do business, not just because of incen- tives, but because of the success achieved by companies here through support at all levels." As of 2017, 190 Japanese companies have a pres- ence in South Carolina, 55 of which are in the Upstate area. Japanese companies have invested almost US$3.4 billion in South Carolina since 2011, and South Carolina companies export over US$1 billion in goods to Japan, according to Upstate Alliance (Greenville, SC). This relationship is strengthened by annual joint meet- ings of the US-based Southeast US-Japan Association (SEUS) and the Japan-based Japan-US Southeast Assn. (JUSSA Japan). South Carolina's Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, appointed by Governor Nikki Haley in 2011, observed that 25 years ago, "South Carolina was a textile and tobacco state. Now it is an advanced manu- facturing state, including signifi- cant activity in the aerospace and automotive industries." He touted the achievements of waht he termed "Team South Carolina," which has recruited approximately US$32 billion in capital investment and more than 118,000 new jobs in world-class companies, such as BMW, Boeing, Bridgestone, Continental, Giti Tire, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Michelin, Samsung, Toray, Volvo Cars and more. "Still, companies locate in communities, not states," he acknowledged. "FUJIFILM stood tall, one company cordially inviting another to locate across the street. That's very neighborly." This sentiment was echoed repeatedly through- out the ceremony and reflected in press materials in which Teijin said it aims to be an enterprise that supports the society of the future. W T F yoming est ixtures INC. • Over 40 types of fixtures in stock, ready to be shipped. • Expert consultation with Drs. Dan and Don Adams • Email or call today to discuss your fixture and custom design needs. Standard fixtures are kept in stock like our: LONG BEAM FLEXURE TEST FIXTURE shown with our optional Alignment Rods and Bearings ASTM C393/D7249 Custom designs are made to your specifications like our: REVERSED LOADING FLEXURAL FATIGUE TEST FIXTURE 2960 E. Millcreek Canyon Road Salt Lake City, UT 84109 Phone (801) 484.5055 Fax (801) 484.6008 email: Dr. Donald F. Adams President 50 years of Composite Testing Experience Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence 1988-2018

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of CompositesWorld - JUL 2018