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Korea’s Kolon developes ‘super fiber’ six times stronger than steel
(TRUNEWS) Kolon industries have developed a “super fiber” that is six times stronger than steel and bulletproof.
The Korean company has been involved in a court battle with DuPont over the fiber because the U.S. company accused Kolon of stealing the technology. Kolon settled the case by agreeing to pay $308 million, according to Korea Joongang Daily.
The aramid fiber can be used in body army, hats and cable. The company plans to mass produce it within five years.
The technology is important as companies around the globe work to develop new kinds of fiber.
Japan’s Teijin is working on a fiber for “wearable cosmetic” products which will prevent microbes from spreading. Another Japanese company, Toray is seeking to sell “Hitoe” under garment products to measure heartbeat.
Automakers can use fibers to lower the weight of a car by almost 900 pounds. They never become rusty, and they work very well with heat and chemicals. “Korea is the only country in the world that has both general fiber manufacturing facilities and research centers for high-tech fiber,” said Kim Joo-
“Korea is the only country in the world that has both general fiber manufacturing facilities and research centers for high-tech fiber,” said Kim Joo-yong, a professor at Soongsil University.
Some factors hindering the fiber industry include the recent free trade agreement with Korea and China.