The producer of fibers, chemicals and electronics, Asahi Kasei Corp., Osaka/Japan, starts the fabric sewing operations for airbags at its subsidiary Asahi Kasei Advance Vietnam, Hung Yen/Vietnam, for March 2020.
With this investment, the technology group enters the next stage of the value chain in the airbag industry.
Asahi Kasei supplies airbag manufacturers with yarn made of Leona PA 66 filament and has invested in a weaver that manufactures airbag fabric. Entry into the airbag fabric sewing business marks an expansion of Asahi Kasei’s airbag-related business and a step-up in the value chain. The capacity in Vietnam will be incrementally raised to 2.5 million pieces/year until 2022, followed by a second increase to 5 million pieces/year thereafter.