Asahi Kasei : 100th anniversary with vision...
Asahi Kasei

100th anniversary with visionary concept car

AKXY2 concept car (Source: Asahi Kasei)
AKXY2 concept car (Source: Asahi Kasei)

Sustainability, well-being and social responsibility also influence the mobility of the future. Today, on May 25, 2022, Asahi Kasei is celebrating its 100th anniversary, while presenting a next generation concept car AKXY2. In 1922, the Asahi Kasei Corp., Tokyo/Japan, was founded by Shitagau Noguchi in Nobeoka, in the southwest of Japan.
The AKXY2 concept car demonstrates the cross-divisional expertise of Asahi Kasei Group throughout the entire value chain, from raw materials and production technologies to the usage of recycled and recyclable materials, while addressing the changing regulations and evolving needs of car users. Virtually everything that can been seen, touched or felt in the vehicle is either manufactured or co-developed by Asahi Kasei. The car features materials and solutions that touch the senses, improve safety and ensure the highest functionality while reducing its environmental impact. 

From textiles to elastomers, Asahi Kasei materials that can contribute to a lower carbon footprint are integrated into the vehicle. The interior surfaces are covered by Dinamica, a premium microfiber suede partially made of recycled polyester (PET), and Sage Automotive Interiors, a subsidiary of Asahi Kasei, can also provide other sustainable fabrics utilizing raw materials that range from recycled PET, bio-based PET, natural blends, and ocean waste. The vehicle seats are cushioned by Cubit, a 3D mesh material made of PET and partially bio-based PTT. The S-SBR tires, made from bio-based butadiene, improve fuel and energy efficiency from their low rolling resistance while reducing the microplastics generation of tires.  

The needs of car occupants are evolving. One of AKXY2’s major themes revolves around “the senses” from the smell of the cabin and the touch of the textiles to the sound-proof atmosphere and futuristic looks. To address evolving safety needs beyond crashes, elements from Asahi Kasei’s Healthy Car Portfolio are implemented to protect the automotive interior from the spread of pathogens using antimicrobial fabrics. A CO₂ sensor can monitor CO₂ levels in the cabin to maintain optimal air quality while reducing energy usage and protecting children or pets that may have been left behind. In addition, semi-transparent and backlit fabrics as well as plastic optical fibers allow for customized ambient lighting inside the vehicle, while the sustainable textiles and foams equip seats with a new level of comfort.

»AKXY2 showcases our expertise as a trusted partner to OEMs and Tier-1s for both interior and exterior components and technology. It’s hard to believe that this all started 100 years ago with basic textiles from synthetic cellulose, like rayon. We’ve come a long way since then, and I’m looking forward to seeing these contributions continue to shape the automotive industry.«
Mike Franchy, Director of North American Mobility at Asahi Kasei America

 

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