2018 Nonwovens Sales: $146 million
Kazuyuki Kawata, general manager, AC, SB division of Toyobo; Hironori Tanaka, president of Kureha
Tsuruga, Iwakuni, Shiga, Japan
Spunbond, needlepunch, chemical bonded, spunlaced, thermal bonded, stitchbonded
Volans, Ecule, Bonden, Kurelock, Dynak, Breathair
Geotextiles, roofing sheets, carpet backings, automotive interiors, automotive filters, needlepunch carpets, hot melt bonding sheets, plaster bases
Toyobo produces polyester spunbond nonwovens with the capacity of 12,000 tons/year, and Kureha, in the Toyobo group, manufactures chemical bonded, needlepunch, thermal bonded, and spunbond with the capacity of approximately 7000 tons/year. And Yuho, also in the Toyobo group, produces needlepunch, spunlace and stitch bonded nonwovens with the capacity of 3000 tons/year.
Demand in motor vehicle use has grown Toyobo’s polyester spunbond nonwovens. Above all, the increase in tonneau covers is remarkable. The demand for seats coated with a heavy metal ion adsorbent to the polyester spunbond nonwovens (trade: name Cosmofresh NANO) has come into wide use. A lot of heavy metal derived from nature is included in soil in Japan, and the law requires dealing with heavy metal not being able to flow out from temporary storage space of the remaining soil occurring in the case of the building of public works or in the case of reutilization. Construction of the linear central Shinkansen (railway lines) has begun in Japan this year. As for this Shinkansen, there will be a many tunnels. So, a large quantity of remaining soil will be calculated by this tunnel construction, and the water including the heavy metal ion may flow out from remaining soil. Cosmofresh NANO is suitable to remove the heavy metal ion from the channel. The construction of the linear central Shinkansen will be continued for a long term in the future, and, 86% of the full length of the line are tunnels, so great demand is expected.
Kureha lays emphasis on sale of Kurebulker produced by the spunbonding method. Kurebulker is a bulky nonwoven fabric with cushion characteristics, and bulky sense and soundproofing characteristics are provided if it is spread under the carpet. It is used as sound absorption material for motor vehicles.