July 18, 2011

Asahi Kasei Plastics Develops Tenac-C(TM) Z-Series

FOWLERVILLE, Mich., July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Asahi Kasei Plastics developed Tenac-C(TM) Z-Series, a low emission acetal copolymer for the seat-adjuster comfort mat in the lumbar support manufactured by Brose Group to improve interior air quality in the 2011 Jeep® Grand Cherokee. The Z-Series engineered resin exceeded the new VDA 275 performance targets for low VOCs and provided a natural lubricity eliminating the need for any traditional grease or lubricants. The use of Tenac-C(TM) enabled vehicle weight reduction of 400 grams/.88 lbs. per lumbar support mechanism. The eco-friendly features earned Tenac-C(TM) a nomination in the Environmental category at the 2010 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards.

"We are pleased to be able to support OEMs in their push to improve air quality in automotive interiors," said John Moyer, president of Asahi Kasei Plastics North America. "Surpassing the most stringent global OEM standards for VOC emissions is no small feat and we look forward to other industries where we can apply this technology."

About Asahi Kasei Plastics

Asahi Kasei Plastics provides customized resin solutions worldwide to multiple markets. The Michigan based company, with 180 employees, is one of the largest Asahi Kasei facilities outside of Japan and is expanding sales globally, in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China, India and Europe. They are in the top 5% of compounding companies in the United States and one of the largest glass filled PP (polypropylene) compounders in the world.

Asahi Kasei Plastics is a leading custom compounder of advanced engineered polymers. Their brands, including LEONA(TM) and THERMYLON® nylons, THERMYLENE® polypropylenes, TENAC(TM) acetals and XYRON(TM) modified PPE are solving complex engineering problems. Their markets include automotive, commercial transportation, furniture, pool and spa, water treatment, electrical/electronics, and power generation including performance polymers for electric vehicle batteries, solar panels and wind energy applications.

Asahi Kasei Plastics is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation (AKCC). AKCC is a leading producer of high performance engineered thermoplastics, petrochemicals and monomers. Their product portfolio serves a diverse range of markets including energy, performance coatings, consumer products, home construction & materials, health care and others. Globally, Asahi Kasei has over 18 billion dollars in annual sales and nearly 30,000 employees worldwide.

    Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc., 900 E. Van Riper, Fowlerville,
     MI 48836 USA, 517.223.2000
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SOURCE Asahi Kasei Plastics North America, Inc.