Teijin Introduces High-Visibility Aramid Fabric

 Teijin Limited has introduced a new aramid fiber fabric suited for use in high-visibility protective apparel thanks to its extra-vivid coloring and resistance to fading. The new aramid fabric is expected to meet growing demands for safety clothing that offers comfort and maneuverability, as well as high visibility. The new aramid fabric is fully compliant with ISO 20471:2013, the international standard for high-visibility clothing that enables others to see the wearer in a variety of lighting conditions. Teijin developed the fabric in collaboration with Komatsu Seiren Co., Ltd., a leading fabric manufacturer. Teijin is strengthening its leading position in the Japanese market for protective apparel, putting forward new hybrid safety

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Asahi Kasei Develops Environment-Friendly Spandex Products

The Fibers & Textiles SBU of Asahi Kasei Corp. has developed Roica EF as the world’s first recycled elastic polyurethane filament (spandex) product, as well as an environment-friendly spandex product featuring low oil content. Roica EF is made by recycling waste fiber generated in the manufacturing process, and is the world’s only spandex certified under the Global Recycle Standard (GRS). In July 2015, German subsidiary Asahi Kasei Spandex Europe GmbH (AKSE) began supplying Roica EF made from 50% recycled material to well-known European apparel manufacturers that are at the forefront of adoption of environmental materials. Asahi Kasei has also received GRS certification for Roica EF made from over 50% recycled

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Spinners Structural Reforms Achieve Results

The fiscal 2015 business performance of seven leading Japanese spinners significantly endorsed the results achieved from making investments and structural reforms. For instance, Daiwabo Holdings Co., Ltd. reported achieving record-high profits. On a corporate-wide basis, the difference in business portfolios also resulted in a marked difference in business performance. As far as their textile business is concerned, five of the seven spinners increased their operating profits, and Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. and Shikibo Ltd. returned to black figures. Energy cost reductions due to low oil prices also were tailwinds improving profitability. The business performance of Daiwabo Holdings was particularly remarkable with its textile business achieving record profits. The synthetic and rayon

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