Teijin Constructing World’s First AFRW Building

           Teijin Limited will construct the world’s first building made of advanced fiber-reinforced wood (AFRW), a structural timber product comprising a number of layers of dimensioned timber and high-performance fibers bonded together with structural adhesives. Teijin first developed the materials in 2015, and will construct the new building at the Teijin Tokyo Research Center in Hino City. The new building exploits the warm texture and unique timber composition of AFRW to help create a stress-free environment, and also aims to realize open and comfortable space by avoiding the use of columns, thus maximizing the inflow of natural light. The project was officially recognized as a “Sustainable Building Project” by Japan’s

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Itochu Acquires Exclusive Import & Distribution Rights & Master License of Laura Ashley Brand

Itochu Corporation has acquired the exclusive rights for import and distribution and the master license in the Japanese market of the lifestyle brand Laura Ashley, which originates in the U.K. From September 18th, the company is offering the brand through department and specialty stores all over Japan. In offering the Laura Ashley brand under the above-mentioned rights, Itochu intends to expand the offering at major department and specialty stores and other channels, while maintaining the tradition and philosophy of the brand together with sub-licensees. It will further bolster the value of the Laura Ashley brand, and will showcase the appeal of the brand to new customer groups through an official

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Trevira Presenting High-End Contract Textiles for Healthcare Environments at Building Healthcare

           Trevira GmbH will again exhibit at this year’s Building Healthcare show in Dubai, from October 2nd to 4th. The German manufacturer of high-value polyester fibers will present a large variety of fabrics made by twelve partners from inherently flame-retardant Trevira fibers and yarns. Modern furnishing concepts for healthcare environments are increasing demands in terms of quality, functionality, coloring and hygiene. Perfectly matched materials and color concepts in the interior not only help to provide good orientation for the residents, but also create more attractive spaces. In addition, the use of appropriate textiles such as curtains, drapes, blinds and sliding panels, fabric-covered dividing panels, upholstery and bedding textiles, can improve

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