Interview with Gert Frederiks

Gert Frederiks
Gert Frederiks
President and CEO
Teijin Aramid
Teijin Aramid

Optical fibers are in development to be used as sensors to monitor physiological properties and this will definitely have an impact on health related topics for an ordinary's man life.
Gert Frederiks, the President and CEO of Teijin Aramid speaks about the markets and technical textiles during an interview with Fibre2Fashion Correspondent Manushi Gandhi. Synopsis: Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of Teijin Group which is engaged in production of aramid fibres. It was formerly known as Teijin Twaron. Twaron is a heat-resistant and strong synthetic fiber, developed in early 1970s. The company produces various high-strength fibers for industrial purposes. Twaron is used in tires, hoses, belts, aerospace, civil engineering, construction and has also various other applications. The company is headquartered in the Netherlands. Gert Frederiks, aged 58 years, was appointed the President and CEO of Teijin Aramid in 2010. Prior to this, he was Commercial Director of Teijin Aramid. He started his career in 1982 as an account manager at Akzo Nobel Arnhem. Mr. Frederiks studied Marketing and Business Administration from University of Groningen. Excerpts:

Why did Teijin Aramid choose Techtextil as the platform to introduce a new-generation Twaron CT 608 Aramid fabric?

It is an exposition where a lot of our customers and prospects in the ballistic, protective and automotive area are present and it of course is one of the biggest ones in Europe for the technical textile industry. Our new product, the next generation aramid fabric Twaron CT 608, based on the high performing lightweight aramid yarn, Twaron 550dtex f1000 was launched there because of the large ballistic oriented public that is visiting that exhibition. An ideal platform for us to communicate about our newest products. Our Twaron CT 608 fabrics for instance proved that it is possible to achieve up to 20% weight reduction of a ballistic panel while offering the same ballistic performance. We also announced there that we are now offering new water repellent treatments for its ballistic fabrics ensuring the best performance level even in wet conditions.

What efforts are being put by Teijin in the field of technical textiles?

Teijin has a strong focus on the high performance fiber market with its broad product portfolio of Twaron and Technora para-aramid fibers, Teijinconex meta-aramid, Tenax carbon fiber and Endumax UHMWPE. An investment in new meta-aramid fibers was approved and announced recently. Our company clearly regards high performance fibers as core business.

How can water repellent treatments be useful in fabrics and what are their special applications?

We actually offer WRT treatments for ballistics fabrics and in special applications like containment belts for jet engines. But also the opposite effect is sometimes very effective to prevent detrimental effects from moisture contact: We apply a super-absorbent finish to Twaron yarn reinforcing optical fiber cables. In case of a leak in small water volumes intrude and the swelling finish prevents further water intake into the cable. We are actually the front runner in this so called water blocking yarn and technology.

What is the scope for the use of optical fibres in textiles and how far do you think that they can become a part of an ordinary man’s life?

We are not involved in these developments since our product Twaron doesn’t play a key role in it. However, optical fibers are in development to be used as sensors to monitor physiological properties and this will definitely have an impact on health related topics for an ordinary’s man life.

What are the key requirements for making fabrics used in making firefighting costumes on a larger scale? What is the cost of Flame-resistant fibers?

Key requirements are heat and flame resistance and charring without melting. The fibers used include Twaron, Technora and Teijinconex, but also PBI, PBO and FR viscose. Due to the wet spinning process used in manufacturing theirs cost are higher than for PET or PA fibers.
Published on: 27/08/2013

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