Aramid Fiber Used for Aquos Zero Smartphone

Technora Black, Teijin Limited’s strong and flame-retardant para-aramid fiber, is being used in the back panel of the newest Aquos Zero, Sharp’s flagship smartphone model that was released on December 21st. This new waterproof smartphone weighs just 146 g and is the world’s lightest smartphone in a class of 6-inch screen and battery capacity rated above 3,000 mAh. The plastic back panel is reinforced with Technora Black, and the frame is made of magnesium alloy. Teijin’s Technora para-aramid fiber is eight times stronger than steel and is highly heat- and shock-resistant, making it an ideal material for a broad range of applications from rope, timing belts, racing car seats and

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Nov. Apparel Sales Decrease at Japanese Dept. & Chain Stores

Apparel sales at Japanese department stores and chain stores decreased in November compared to the year before. The Japan Department Stores Association reported that November 2018 same-store sales of apparel (including accessories) at member stores across the nation (79 firms, 219 stores) decreased by 4.5% compared to the same month of 2017 to 160,171 million yen. Sales decreased across the board: men’s wear, 38,044 million yen (down 4.8%); women’s wear, 102,280 million yen (down 3.9%); and children’s wear, 9,422 million yen (down 7.3%). Sales of knitwear and light garments such as cut and sewn items were favorable, whereas those of winter garments including coats along with mufflers, gloves and other

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Mitsubishi to Participate in Carbon Fiber Reprocessing Business in U.K.

Mitsubishi Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire 25% of shares in ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd. (ECF), a leading supplier of reprocessed carbon fiber, from ELG Haniel GmbH in Germany. Closing is subject to regulatory approval and other conditions. ECF is engaged in reprocessing carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) end materials to produce and supply competitive high-quality carbon fiber through its own technology and know-how. The company is the first in the world to have established stable commercial production of reprocessed carbon fiber, supplying the automotive and electronics industries, among others. By reprocessing CFRP end materials which may otherwise be difficult to dispose of, ECF is recovering resources and

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