Already a great development for the recently opened pilot factory of BioBTX on Zernike Campus: The Japanese company Teijin Aramid and the Dutch BioBTX work on a synthetic fibre, that is completely made out of sustainable materials. The research project, that is about to begin, is financially supported bythe provinces Drenthe, Groningen and by Chemport Europe. Teijin Aramid has a.o. branches in Emmen and Delfzijl. The initiative contributes to the greening of the industry. It also enhances the position of the Northern Netherlands chemical cluster, also known as Chemport Europe.
Under the tradename Twaron® superstrong fibres are being produced by Teijin Aramid in the Netherlands. The fibres are used worldwide in products that need to be stronger, lighter and more sustainable. For instance car tires, cargo containers and protective clothing. Twaron® is produced from fossile sources at the moment, that have no sustainable alternative. Teijin Aramid wants to find out, if it is possible to make a biobased version of their Twaron® fibres.