Teijin Aramid and Westex by Milliken’s expertise together make a winning union

Westex by Milliken and Teijin Aramid look to boost the aramid-based FR solutions in the Asian market, combining more than 100 years of FR innovation. As a brand of Milliken & Company, a global protective and performance textiles, chemical and floor covering manufacturer, Westex by Milliken utilises Milliken’s legacy of more than 150 years of innovation and a commitment to R&D to produce branded FR textiles that are leaders in a variety of protection industries.

Teijin brought the first aramid fibres to market in the early 1970s and continues to be a leader in best-in-class FR fibre technologies.

Bernd Steinmann, Teijin Aramid’s Global Business Manager, Protective Apparel, said that, “Teijin Aramid is delighted to team-up with Milliken. We look forward to jointly exploring opportunities to better serve customers, combining our technical brains as well as commercial power. The vast experience and know-how of Teijin Aramid, combined with the expertise of Westex by Milliken makes for a powerful and winning combination.”

Leading US flame resistant (FR) textiles brand Westex by Milliken and aramid fibre producer Teijin Aramid have announced a joint technology and commercial partnership for Southeast Asia and Australasia.

As a result of the partnership, Westex by Milliken and Teijin Aramid present Westex Synergy Pro, an aramid FR fabric. Compliant to NFPA 2112 and NFPA 70E and certified to EN ISO 11611 and EN ISO 11612 for oil and gas industry flash fire hazards, Westex Synergy Pro is designed to offer the highest comfort level in a reputable protective aramid fabric for daily wear FR apparel. Exclusive to the Southeast Asia and Australasian markets, Westex Synergy Pro is available for purchase from now on.

Powered by Teijinconex meta-aramid staple fibres, Westex Synergy Pro builds on Westex by Milliken’s award-winning FR expertise to create a performance-driven aramid fabric with guaranteed FR protection. Westex Synergy Pro features superior softness and six times better moisture-wicking capabilities compared to other leading aramid FR fabrics, according to the companies. Available in a variety of colours and in both 160 g/m2 and 200 g/m2 weights, Westex Synergy Pro makes FR daily wear uniforms a simple and attractive safety solution for the Asia Pacific oil and gas industry.

Steve Layton, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Westex by Milliken quotes, “For Milliken, a collaboration with Teijin Aramid is a meeting of minds.“ Also,” Our reliance on research and development, paired with more than 60 years of manufacturing and supplying expert FR solutions, is bolstered by Teijin’s world-class technological capabilities and standing as a trusted global leader in inherent FR aramid fibres. Within a short time, this partnership has produced technologically advanced FR fabric for our customers facing jobsite hazards such as flash fires, and this is only the beginning.”

Teijin Aramid is a subsidiary of the Teijin Group and world leader in aramids. Its aramid products Twaron, Teijinconex, Technora and its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Endumax are renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight and are used in different applications and markets including automotive, ballistic protection, marine, civil engineering, protective clothing, ropes, fibre optic cables and oil & gas. These high-performance materials are produced in the Netherlands and Japan.

Teijin is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibres such as aramid, carbon fibres & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibres, products converting and IT. The group has some 170 companies and around 19000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY835 billion (USD 7.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 986.2 billion (USD 9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2018.

Westex by Milliken, a Milliken & Company business, has more than 60 years of experience manufacturing flame resistant fabrics. Millions of garments made with Westex brand FR fabrics are in service globally in the utility, electrical maintenance, oil and gas, and metals industries. With a strong commitment to the FR clothing marketplace and a deep understanding of the needs of the FR supply- chain and end users, Westex by Milliken has a proven track record of offering FR fabrics with excellent balance of protection, comfort and value.

Milliken has been solving everyday problems with innovative solutions for more than 150 years. Our research, design, and manufacturing expertise reaches across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemicals, floor covering, and performance and protective textiles. An unwavering commitment to ethics guides our work to redefine how we add strength and protection to products, how we infuse vibrancy and colour into our surroundings, and how we care for the environment. For us, success is, when discoveries made within Milliken help us all have more meaningful connections with the world.