Asahi Kasei expands nanocellulose operations

December 7, 2018
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by Charles Willard
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Asahi Kasei has begun developing a cellulose nanofiber-reinforced synthetic plastic that will primarily be used in motor vehicle structural components, with some applications in air and water purification filters and electronic circuit boards. While carbon fiber-reinforced materials form stronger automobile structural parts, this composite will target more flexible components, such as those traditionally made from aluminum. The company expects this composite to reach $8.85 million in annual sales by 2025. To support this effort, Asahi Kasei will build a pilot facility on the grounds of its R&D center in the city of Nobeoka, Japan, in 2019, consolidating its other nanocellulose product development projects at the site.

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