In 1972, AKZO developed its first para-aramid, which later became known as Arenka®. A period of testing and test production followed. However, because of the first oil crisis, the plan to commercialize the product remained on the shelf for years. That changed in 1982 with the decision to start commercial production, with financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The factories in Delfzijl and Emmen were completed three years later.
In the meantime, the new fiber had been renamed Twaron, and forecasts for the product were better than ever before. In 1986, the new plants in Delfzijl and Emmen began production. The first spool, which was made using raw materials from Delfzijl, came off the spinning machine in May 1986. Twaron entered the market one year later, and capacity was increased in 1994. Meanwhile, the organization had changed again: AKZO had become AkzoNobel, and in 1999, it placed its fiber activities into a separate legal entity (Acordis), before selling it to a British investor in 2000.
In the same year, Teijin Ltd. took over all Twaron activities. This marked the start of a series of successful and ambitious investments and expansions. In 2007, Teijin Twaron was renamed Teijin Aramid, and it now markets four different brands of aramid worldwide. Twaron is by far our strongest brand.