September 16, 2022 | By Mary Bailey
Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo) announced that its subsidiaries Toray Textiles Central Europe sro (TTCE) and Toray Advanced Materials Korea Inc. (TAK) have set up new facilities in the Czech Republic to develop the sound insulation business of Airlite automotive interiors in Europe. This material improves passenger comfort by suppressing driving noise, vibration and outside vehicles. This new facility at the TTCE site in the Czech Republic will be commissioned in October this year, with an annual production capacity of 1,200 metric tonnes.
Airlite is a melt-blown non-woven sound deadening material made of lightweight polypropylene and polyester. Meltblowing extrudes molten polymers through nozzles and sprays them to form a nonwoven batting. Airlite provides exceptional sound absorption over a wide frequency range. It is lighter than its conventional counterparts, thus reducing the energy consumption of driving. Airlite’s new facilities will complement TTCE’s airbag fabric manufacturing business, helping it expand its automotive materials business. TAK is looking to leverage the new facilities to strengthen its automotive interior sound deadening materials business in Europe and intensify its efforts to serve automakers and major parts manufacturers as the European EV market grows. Toray will develop products incorporating recycled materials and other green offerings to add value and meet customer needs. It will collaborate with its customers in its quest to reduce environmental impact and materialize a sustainable economy, transforming societies in line with its commitment to innovate ideas, technologies and products that bring new value.