Asahi Kasei will present its newest concept car AKXY2 for the first time in Europe at the K 2022, from 19-26 October in Düsseldorf/Germany. Utilizing a broad variety of materials and technologies, the vehicle showcases the company’s cross-divisional expertise throughout the entire value chain. Other highlights at this year’s booth will be innovative particle foams, bio-based filler materials and sustainable engineering plastics.
AKXY2 made its debut on May 25, 2022, in line with the 100th anniversary of Asahi Kasei Corp., Tokyo/Japan. It demonstrates how the company applies expertise throughout the entire value chain, from raw materials and production technologies to the usage of recycled and recyclable materials. Virtually everything that can been seen, touched or felt in the vehicle is either manufactured or co-developed by Asahi Kasei. The car features technology that touches the senses, improves safety and ensures the highest functionality while proposing solutions to reduce the environmental impact of automobiles.
The interior surfaces are covered by Dinamica - a premium microfiber resembling suede partially made of recycled polyester - manufactured by Miko srl, Gorizia/Italy, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Group company Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc., Greenville, SC/USA. Sage Automotive Interiors can also provide other more sustainable fabrics utilizing raw materials that range from recycled PET, bio-based PET, natural blends, and ocean waste. An improved lifetime of materials is another way to achieve a greener mobility. All fabrics can be made anti-viral and anti-bacterial, as well as fluid-repellent and stain-resistant.
Asahi Kasei’s expertise in the field of cellulose goes back 90 years to when it first started sales of Cupro fiber with the trade name “Bemberg.” The company is now adapting this know-how to other application fields and developing a cellulose-based nanofiber filler material (CNF). Featuring a substantially higher purity than conventional wood-based cellulose, CNF is derived from cotton-linter, a byproduct of cotton yield. As an alternative to glass fiber, CNF can be used in engineering plastics like PA6, PA66 and polyacetal with a ratio of up to 20wt%.
As a leading Japanese manufacturer of high-performance engineering plastics, Asahi Kasei will also display its Leona SG grades - a family of semi-aromatic polyamides featuring high mechanical strength, processability and surface quality – as well as the modified polyphenylene ether Xyron for 5G applications.
Leona - registered trademark
Xyron – registered trademark