Kaneka boosts production capacity of polyolefin particle foam in Belgium
Kaneka Corporation (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; President: Mamoru Kadokura) has made a strategic decision to expand its production facilities for Eperan® and Eperan-PP®, which are expanded polyolefin particle foam products, at Kaneka Belgium N.V. (Headquarters: Westerlo, Belgium; President: Katsutoshi Shichijo) in response to strong demand in Europe especially for automotive application. The investment of approximately JPY 2 billion will increase the production capacity by about 50 percent, as well as strengthening product competitiveness through process automation and enabling mass-production of high performance products when the operation is started in the spring in 2019.
UK and France have decided to ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 and are actively promoting electric cars. In response, the automobile manufacturers are actively pursuing employment of lightweight materials to extend cruising distance. For being lightweight and excellent in impact resistance, the market of polyolefin foam products for automotive application is expected to continue growing in the future.
The demand in the global market is expected to increase further in the future. The Kaneka group will enhance its production capacity in order, and actively launch high performance products based on the company’s unique technologies in order to accelerate offering of solutions for reduced weight and improved safety of automobiles, and eventually expand our businesses even further.
* Eperan ® is expanded polyethylene particle foam and Eperan-PP® is expanded polypropylene particle foam. Both products feature excellent resistant to heat, impact and chemical. Not only as the cushioning and packaging material for precision equipment, they are widely used for automotive materials, such as core materials for bumpers and seats, contributing to weight reduction of automobiles.