Radici invests in unit to develop acrylic fibers for civil construction

June 02, 2008 - Brazil

Radici Fibras Industria e Comercio, a company of the Italian Group Radici, announced an investment of R$ 12 million in 2008 and another 1 million per annum until 2010 to develop acrylic fibers for civil construction. The new product will substitute amianthus (prejudicial to the health) currently in use for the construction of water tanks and roof tiles for popular housing projects.

Acrylic fibers for knitting yarns were introduced in Brazil early in the 1960's and have been used since for winter apparel.

Radici Fibras is the largest South American producer of acrylic fibers, with a vertical plant. From 2004 to 2006 the company increased production in 40% - from 2,300 tons / month to 3,100 tons / month - to supply spinners and blanket manufactures.

Radici Fibras is studying new end uses for acrylic fibers, to diversify their market. Elias Bernardo, corporate director, explains that the use of acrylic fibers is the future alternative for the civil construction business, as acrylics can be mixed with cement to reinforce concrete.

"Versatility is one of the most notables characteristics of this fiber", he says, "consequently it will continue to occupy a fair share of the market, whether in apparel or in civil construction", adds Elias Bernardo.