Issue Date: September 18, 2017
More investment in synthetic suede
Asahi Kasei will double production capacity for its Lamous synthetic suede to 6 million m² per year at a plant in Nobeoka, Japan. The new capacity is set to come on-line in 2019. Demand for the material to cover car interiors has been strong recently, the firm says. Earlier this year, another Japanese firm, Toray Industries, announced a $320 million investment to expand synthetic suede capacity at its Alcantara subsidiary in Italy.
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