Asahi Kasei Corporation is expanding its production capacity for Lamous artificial suede in Nobeoka, Miyazaki (Japan) by 4 million sqm/year to 14 million sqm/year. The capacity increase is scheduled to be completed in 2021.
Lamous is a premium artificial suede featuring a unique three-layered microstructure. Leveraging its luxurious smooth texture and flexibility in design as well as superior environmental characteristics, Asahi Kasei has been actively expanding its Lamous business worldwide in a wide array of applications including automotive interiors, furniture upholstery, IT accessories, apparel and industrial materials.
Sold in markets around the world, Lamous is enjoying particularly strong demand growth in automotive interiors and IT accessories. As demand is forecast to continue growing, a decision was made to expand the capacity. Asahi Kasei will continue to strengthen the Lamous supply configuration in line with additional growth in global markets.