Location: Tokyo, Japan
Sales: $141 million
Description: Key Personnel
Kazumasa Kayama, general manager, spunbond division of Toyobo; Yukio Kawasaki, president of Kureha
Tsuruga, Iwakuni and Shiga
Spunbond, needlepunch, resin bonded, spunlaced, thermal bonded, stitchbonded
Volans, Ecule, Bonden, Kurelock, Kurehalock, Dynac
Geotextiles, roofing sheets, carpet backings, automotive interiors, automotive filters, needlepunched carpets, hot melt bonding sheets, plaster bases
Toyobo produces 14,000 tons of polyester-based spunbonded nonwovens on four lines, two in Iwakuni and two in Tsuruga, Japan. Toyobo is currently streamlining its operation in Iwakuni, which is expected to increase its capacity by 2000 tons by April 2008. The company also produces spunbond nonwovens from polybutylene terephthalate and polyphenylene sulfide. Nonwovens with PBT have moderate stretch properties and the PPS-based materials feature excellent heat resistance.
Kureha, an associated company, makes nonwovens via resin bonding, needlepunching, thermal bonding and spunbonding with a capacity of about 7000 tons per year. There are five thermal and resin bonding lines, eight needlepunch lines and four spunbond lines. The spunbond nonwovens made by Kureha are hotmelt sheets used as adhesives in specialty nonwovens, unlike normal spunbond nonwovens, they are thin and lightweight with low density and are used as an adhesive to laminate nonwovens, textile fabrics and knits. Kureha also operates subsidiaries in Taiwan, Thailand and the U.S., where each company makes and sells nonwovens. The American subsidiary produces air filters for mobile engines by making nonwovens and molding the filters. These filters are supplied to American Toyota. Subsidiaries in Taiwan and Thailand produce and sell nonwovens for automotive interiors.
Yuho, another associated company of Toyobo, makes needlepunched, spunlaced and stitchbonded nonwovens with a capacity of 3000 tons per year.