Asahi Kasei to close Eltas spunbond plant permanently due to damage from 2019 tornado

TOKYO, May 15, 2020-

Asahi Kasei has decided to close its plant in Nobeoka, Miyazaki, Japan, for the manufacture of Eltas™ spunbond nonwoven fabric.

The plant has supplied nonwoven fabric mainly for hygiene products such as disposable diapers in the domestic Japanese market for some 19 years since it began operation in 2001. However, the plant was severely damaged when hit by the tornado that occurred in Nobeoka on September 22, 2019, and its operation has been suspended ever since. Although various studies were performed regarding the restoration of operation, the decision was made to close the plant considering the high cost of repair, the deteriorated state of equipment, and the time required for restoration being more than one year.

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