Entering the next stage of the value chain in the airbag industry – Asahi Kasei to launch airbag fabric sewing operations in Vietnam in March 2020


Asahi Kasei will launch the fabric sewing operation for airbags at its Vietnamese subsidiary Asahi Kasei Advance Vietnam in 2020. With this investment, the technology group enters the next stage of the value chain in the airbag industry. ... Read more

We make Future Mobility work – Asahi Kasei presents concept car AKXY and lightweight solutions at K 2019


Lightweight materials to make future mobility work: From 16 to 23 October, Asahi Kasei will present engineering plastics and foam materi-als for the automotive industry at the K 2019, the world’s biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf, Germany. One highlight at the booth is the fully drivable elec-tric concept car AKXY (Hall 8a, J15). ... Read more

Creator of a rechargeable world – Asahi Kasei Honorary Fellow Akira Yoshino received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2019


Dr. Akira Yoshino, Honorary Fellow at Asahi Kasei, has won this year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on October 9 in Stock-holm. Yoshino, 71, a professor at Meijo University, Japan, shares the prize with two other scientists for their development of lithium-ion batteries – Professor John B. Goodenough from the US and chemist M. Stanley Whittingham from Great Britain. Their invention is used as rechargeable batteries for mobile phones, laptop computers and other devices. It can also store significant amounts of energy from solar and wind power, making possible a fossil fuel-free society, and will be an important driver for the electrification in the auto-motive industry. ... Read more

Premiere for PA Foam – Asahi Kasei at Foam Expo Europe 2019


From 10 to 12 September, the Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei presents its high-performance foam materials SunForce and, for the first time, PA Foam – the world’s first polyamide bead foam – at the Foam Expo Europe in Stuttgart, Germany. The materials open new doors for heat and sound insulating applications in the automotive industry. ... Read more

SunForce™ m-PPE Particle Foam: Asahi Kasei introduces newly developed lightweight material for increased efficiency and safety of electric vehicle batteries


Lithium-ion batteries constitute an essential component of the electrification of the transport sector. Optimizing weight, size, safety and efficiency of the batteries is crucial to accelerate electromobility. With the m-PPE (modified polyphe-nylene ether) particle foam SunForce™, the Japanese technology company Asahi Kasei developed a material providing solutions for these challenges. ... Read more

Asahi Kasei develops the world’s first polyamide beads foam – Perfect for noise reduction and lightweight applications in the automotive industry


With the ongoing disruptive megatrends in the automotive industry, the automotive OEMs and suppliers are facing a strong innovation pressure. New, innovative solutions are in high demand. Asahi Kasei’s newly developed polyamide beads foam offers unique possibilities for lightweight and noise reducing applications.... Read more

Asahi Kasei to increase production capacity for artificial suede Lamous™


Asahi Kasei has decided to expand its plant for Lamous™ ar-tificial suede in Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan, by four million m2/year, increasing the total production capacity to 14 million m2/year upon completion in 2021. Dyed by Italian company Miko, Lamous is sold under the brand name DinamicaTM in Europe.... Read more

More than just lightweight – Plastics and foams contribute to the future in-car living space


Plastics and foams are more than just lightweight materials. They will prove to be a significant addition to the user experience in future automotive interior.... Read more

Asahi Kasei’s TENAC POM with the world’s lowest VOC emission level certified as eco-friendly green material in China


Asahi Kasei’s copolymer polyacetal resin (POM) TENAC-C Z4520 has been certified as an eco-friendly green material by the China Automotive Tech-nology & Research Center (CATARC) for its outstanding low VOC emission performance. Due to its properties, the engineering plastic contributes to a better air quality in vehicles – combined with fewer health impairments as well as more comfort and safety for the passengers.... Read more

Asahi Kasei Honorary Fellow Akira Yoshino receives the European Inventor Award 2019


Asahi Kasei Honorary Fellow Dr. Akira Yoshino has received for the European Inventor Award 2019 by the European Patent Office (EPO) in the category of Non-EPO countries for his invention and refinement of the lithium-ion battery. The award ceremony was held on June 20, 2019, in Vienna, Austria.... Read more