Patent infringement lawsuit against W-SCOPE Corporation, etc. – Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board confirming validity of Asahi Kasei’s Korean separator patent


On December 2, 2020, the Korean Intellectual Property Trial and Appeal Board (hereinafter “Korean IPTAB”) issued a decision to dismiss a pa-tent invalidation petition by W-SCOPE KOREA CO., LTD. and confirmed the validity of Asahi Kasei’s Korean patent (Patent No. 10-0977345, hereinafter “Asahi Kasei’s patent”) relating to a separator for lithium-ion secondary batteries.... Read more

CareStart™ COVID-19 Antigen test kit using NanoAct™ launched in the U.S.


CareStart™ COVID-19 Antigen test kit developed by Access Bio, Inc., using Asahi Kasei’s NanoAct™ cellulose nanobeads, received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and its sale in the U.S. has begun.... Read more

Miko investing into reforestation projects – The next building brick to become climate positive by 2030


Miko, an Italian subsidiary of US-based Sage Automotive Interiors (member of the Asahi Kasei Group) moves with decisive steps along the path to sustainability: The producer of Dinamica®, an ecological microfiber material for automotive interior surfaces, is investing into FSC® certified forests – an essential part of the company’s strategy to become climate positive by 2030.... Read more

Full focus on sustainability – The recyclable microfiber Dinamica® provides sustainable luxury for automotive interior surfaces


Tightening environmental regulations are challenging the automotive industry. Dinamica®, a sustainable and recyclable premium microfiber suede is providing comfort and luxury while supporting the automotive OEMs to achieve their ambitious environmental goals. Being a pioneer in sustainability for more than two decades, the material is covering the interior of well-recognized recent car models by global OEMs like the Mercedes-Benz AVTR concept car, the Volkswagen ID.3 or the new Audi Q2.... Read more

Asahi Kasei introduces new engineered resin series SoForm of the Thermylene brand – A Class-A surface material with low emissions and excellent scratch resistance


Asahi Kasei Plastics North America (APNA) introduces SoForm, a new engineered resin series as part of their diverse Thermylene family - Asahi Kasei’s portfolio of specialty chemically coupled glass fiber reinforced polypropylenes. SoForm is a cost- and process-optimized material for automotive interior surfaces and industrial durable goods.... Read more

On the way to full car autonomy – New study by Asahi Kasei Europe shows growing needs for driver assistance systems and improved acoustics


The automotive is evolving quickly – new technologies are constantly adding to safety and comfort of the car. This development is strongly user-driven, as the results of a current study conducted by Asahi Kasei Europe and SKOPOS shows.... Read more

Smarter and simpler: New study shows growing importance of connectivity features and intuitive control interfaces in the automotive


The automotive is changing. A growing number of electronic systems and functions in the car are constantly adding to the driving experience. The results of the current study conducted by Asahi Kasei Europe and SKOPOS show: The car user is also changing and the need for smarter and simpler HMI (human-machine interface) solutions is growing.... Read more

Interior to become the new exterior: New survey by Asahi Kasei Europe shows increasing need towards functional premium surfaces in the automotive


The evolution in the automotive industry is ongoing. A changing mobility behavior and the growing autonomy of cars will profoundly impact the user’s driving experience. Automotive interior features are on their way to become the main differentiating element influencing buying decisions – and within the interior the need towards premium, hygienic and sound-absorbing surfaces is on the rise.... Read more

Judgment of Chinese Patent Infringement Litigation Asahi Kasei vs. Shenzhen Xu Ran (旭冉) Electronic Co., Ltd. and Others Relating to Separator for Lithium Ion Secondary Battery


In August 2018, Asahi Kasei Corporation (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hideki Kobori, ... Read more

Asahi Kasei Starts Green Hydrogen Production at the World’s Largest Single-Stack Alkaline-Water Electrolysis System in Fukushima


The Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei is taking the next major step towards becoming a provider of large-scale alkaline-water electrolysis systems for the production of green hydrogen. In March 2020, the company started the operation of its 10 Megawatt (MW) single-stack alkaline-water electrolysis system at the Fukushima Energy Research Field (FH2R) in Namie, Fukushima, Japan. The “Aqualizer” is the world’s largest single-stack system, and able to produce green hydrogen at the rate of 1,200 normal cubic meter (Nm3) per hour.... Read more