Japan’s Toray Industries Inc. is planning to build a greenfield production facility for high-performance polypropylene spunbond in the south of China to address growing demand for disposable nappies in the country.
The company announced that it had acquired a piece of land in the city of Foshan, Guangdong Province, for the plant and also intended to set up a new company, Toray Polytech (Foshan) Co., Ltd. (TPF), in November.
The 20 kilotonne unit is expected to start operation in the 2019 fiscal year.
The new facility will be Toray’s second PP spunbond production plant in China following the Toray Polytech (Nantong) Co., Ltd, which the Japanese company already expanded in 2014 to produce 78 kilotonnes of the materials a year.
According to Toray, improving lifestyle in China, rising income and an increase in the number of newborns as a result of the discontinuation of the one-child policy, had driven the demand for disposable nappies.
“Major sanitary product manufacturers are actively establishing or expanding their production facilities for diapers in China, which has led to a rapid increase in demand for PP spunbond, the main material for disposable diapers,” Toray added.
South China, added the company, accounts for nearly 60% of the PP spunbond demand in the country.
The demand for PP spunbond in Asia is growing at a rate of 9% annually and is expected to expand to 1.4 million tonnes by 2025.