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Teijin to convert plastic bottles into polyester at new recycling site in Thailand

By Mary Page Bailey |

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fibers and products converting company, announced that its core base for polyester fiber manufacturing, Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL), will launch a facility to convert used domestically-produced plastic bottles into recycled polyester chips for the production of high-quality polyester filament. The facility will start operating in January 2022 and is expected produce 7,000 tons of recycled polyester chips annually by fiscal 2025.

Teijin Frontier will install cleaning equipment and the latest repelletizing machine for removing foreign substances from the recycled PET bottles before they are molded into chips. TPL will use Teijin Frontier’s proprietary quality-control technologies in its comprehensive system for turning Thai plastic bottles into recycled polyester chips for the production of polyester filament. The raw yarn produced at TPL will be used in Teijin Frontier’s ECOPET recycled filament yarn.

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