Teijin Aramid’s Technora is celebrating its 30th year of commercial availability! Developed by Japanese scientists in the 1970s, Technora is a high-performance para-aramid copolymer fiber with high tenacity and excellent heat resistance properties. It is typically used in a wide range of industrial applications, including rubber, plastic, and concrete reinforcement, as well as in protective goods. And with growing demand for higher-performance materials in these applications, Technora looks set to continue adding value to end products in many different industries.
From Japanese beginnings to applications on Mars
Technora was first developed to add strength and durability to rubber reinforcement applications, ropes and cables in the Japanese market. Now in 2017, Technora continues to be produced in Matsuyama, Japan, but it is now distributed worldwide, and is used in a wide range of industries. Technora is eight times as strong as steel and three times as strong as fiberglass, polyester and nylon at the same weight, and also offers low creep, low stress relaxation and low thermal shrinkage. Because of these properties, Technora® was used to suspend the NASA Mars Curiosity Rover from its parachute during descent in 2012, and will again be used to enable the safe landing of the Mars 2020 Rover. In this way, Technora® is Teijin Aramid’s first high-performance fiber to be used on a different planet!
A specific set of high-performance properties
The exceptional mechanical and chemical qualities of Technora, which offer higher performance than many other high-tenacity synthetic fibers, originate from its production process. In chemical terms, Technora is similar to Twaron, but it is different in that it is derived from two diamines, which gives it even more high-performance qualities. In addition to its outstanding mechanical properties, Technora has excellent resistance to heat and chemicals, especially acids and alkalis. Specifically, Technora can be used at 200°C for extended periods of time, and is stable against sea water and steam. Technora’s particular set of properties make it ideal for use in ropes and cables, for example, as these products can last longer, lift heavier weights and reach greater weight depths when they integrate Technora.
End-user advantages with Technora
Above all, Technora-based solutions have proved so successful over the last 30 years because they deliver practical and clear advantages to end users. When integrating Technora, ropes and cables are safer and easier to handle, automotive hoses and rubber parts can withstand higher temperatures and are more reliable, and protective goods can deliver higher levels of security. What’s more, Technora-based solutions can lead to reduced lifecycle costs, since products have increased durability and last longer. Over time, Technora has become recognized among manufacturers as a material that can significantly raise the performance standards of their products.
A strong future for a strong material
With many different industries actively pursuing greater efficiency and enabling technologies, and with companies trying to offer higher-performance products to gain a competitive advantage, the future looks strong for Technora. What’s more, thanks to Teijin Aramid’s ongoing research and development into new application areas for Technora at the dedicated locations in the Netherlands and Japan, this high-performance material will continue to meet the evolving requirements of manufacturers. Here’s to the next 30 years of Technora!
Teijin Aramid’s Technora is distributed worldwide. For more information on this product and possible applications, please contact Takashi Ii.