Interview with Toshio Takanashi

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Toshio Takanashi
Toshio Takanashi
President
Asahi Kasei Fibers
Asahi Kasei Fibers

In future, many European and American manufacturers are likely to set up their industrial bases in Asian countries in the nonwovens sector. Would it be of any benefit to the Asian nonwovens market? Please give reasons.

Some of European and American manufacturers have already started in Asia. Competition among manufacturers have become serious, but I believe Asian consumers appreciate high quality products at a reasonable price. Since this is a cost-performance issue, we will try to develop high quality and high functionality.

How is the market of Spandex in Japan? How do you foresee the Japanese market of Spandex in the next decade?

Spandex market in Japan is now matured, and there is little room for expansion. Japanese producers are pursuing high quality and developing value added products world wide, in order to prevent an aggression from imports from gaining market share in the next decade.

Do you think Spandex could soon be replaced by any non synthetic fiber in the future?

No, there is an established market for spandex that cannot be replaced by other materials.

How different are the cellulosic fibers used in apparel and home textiles?

Because of its environmental affinity and friendliness and its specialized properties, it has established its own suitable applications.

Your company has been producing nonwoven fibers that are used for various applications over the years. How are these nonwoven fibers contributing in the quality of the applications and products?

Our various choices of materials bring customers an accurate optimum solution in their applications, with high qualities and with reasonable cost, and also enable the creation of new applications. Our target is to develop new applications by nonwovens which cannot be achieved by papers or films.

Is the nonwoven market in Japan environment friendly? Are there any sustainable operations going around in the Japanese nonwovens market?

Like other synthetic products in Japan, "saving energy" and "low CO2 emission" are always our major concerns. Also, we are moving towards greater sustainablility by introducing recyclable artificial leather suede "Lamous" and cotton-linter based cellulose spunbond "Bemliese".
Published on: 06/03/2014

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