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Mitsui Chemicals to establish production facility in North America for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene

News International-French

20 Sep 2018

Mitsui Chemicals has decided to set up a production facility for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP) at the Ohio plant of its US subsidiary Advanced Composites.

Mitsui Chemicals to establish production facility in North America for long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene

LGFPP is a composite material made by melting and mixing polypropylene (PP) resin with long glass fibers. The lightweight material offers an attractive appearance, with long glass fibers providing a good balance between hardness and impact resistance. The material is already being adopted in areas such as the unpainted insides of rear car doors.

Long glass fiber reinforced polypropylene (LGFPP)

The recent strengthening of environmental regulations and a shift toward electric vehicles have led to increasing needs for automotive lightweighting. As a result, demand is expected to grow for fiber-reinforced resins, which offer the prospect of a 30 percent reduction in weight when used to replace metal (ex. insides of rear car doors). The decision to establish a new LGFPP production facility in the US comes in response to growing demand in North America.

Mitsui Chemicals aims to achieve further business expansion in mobility, a key sector for the company, by continuing to correctly gauge global growth in demand.