We have received market reports advising that Nan Ya is expanding its polyester staple fiber capacity at its Lake City, SC plant. There is no formal press announcement at this time, but we believe the expansion will lead to an additional 40 – 50 million lbs of annual capacity (18,000 – 23,000 tons). The target end use segment for this capacity increase is understood to be spinning fiber and start-up is expected in 2016.

AKC Note: The polyester staple fiber market is currently very strong and both the spinning and the nonwovens segments have seen significant downstream investments in the U.S. over the last 18 months, and Nan Ya is clearly reacting to this increased demand volume. Our News Update of October 15th reported that DAK Americas is also adding polyester staple capacity to its plant in Cooper River, SC. This is a continuation of the generally good news that the industry has been providing recently.



Alasdair Carmichael

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