ERJ staff report (DS)
Arnhem, Netherlands - Teijin Aramid has begun production of aramid fibres which are black in colour, yet have the same modulus as conventional aramid fibres.
Goldeon-coloured aramid is difficult to dye by nature, but it is now possible to produce black threads of the same quality. With its three production sites in the Netherlands, Teijin Aramid is responsible for more than half of the world's production of aramid.
For the threads to become completely black, they are not dyed afterwards, like cotton fibers. The production process has been adjusted to inject the fiber with the black dye during the process. This makes it the first black aramid fiber with characteristics that are equivalent to the standard golden yellow fiber. Gert Frederiks, CEO of Teijin Aramid, explains: â€œWith Twaron Black, it is possible to combine the special characteristics of the aramid fiber with a beautiful look. Black aramid fibers have already been produced in the world, but they do not have the same modulus as the standard Twaron aramid fiber.â€
At the request of customers in the sailing and sports industries, Teijin Aramid started to investigate other colors for Twaron. Twaron Black will soon be seen for the first time in the sails of the world's largest ocean sailing race, the Volvo Ocean Race.
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Press release from Teijin Aramid