December 1, 2022
Japanese multinational company Asahi Kasei announced it will present automotive industry solutions at CES 2023, ranging from raw materials and production technologies to the usage of recycled and recyclable materials, all of which are part of its mission to support the transition to electrified, autonomous and more sustainable mobility.
For example, a new concept car is equipped with new “AKXY2” technology that is designed to reduce its environmental impact. Asahi Kasei defines AKXY2 as “Asahi Kasei x You” (paraphrased as “We hope to partner with people in the automotive industry to co-create new value”).
“Our research shows consumers are viewing sustainability being more than fuel efficiency or electrification of the vehicle,” said Mike Franchy, director of North American mobility at Asahi Kasei. “They want improved recyclability and reduced CO2 emissions, but there has to be a balance in the implementation into the vehicle, both in form and function. There is nothing sustainable about a concept that potentially detracts from the ‘satisfaction’ of the user experience. That’s why we made sure that all technology contributing to sustainability in the vehicle does not reduce comfort or freedom. Occupants can use AKXY2 as a mobile patio or living room. This will complete the car’s transition into becoming our third living space.”
With a vast product lineup spanning water-based polycarbonate coating to lightweight resins, Asahi Kasei said it draws from more than 100 years of innovation across its diverse businesses with the technology in AKXY2. Asahi Kasei said virtually everything in the vehicle that can be seen, touched and interacted with is made from Asahi Kasei original or collaborative technology.
“AKXY2’s warm reception from both OEMs and suppliers in Europe at K 2022 makes us excited for what’s in store this January at CES 2023,” said Franchy. “I am excited to work with our customers and collaborative partners to see these products integrated into vehicles over the next decade, continuing to create the future of mobility.”
For more details on the company, visit the Asahi Kasei website here.