Japanese textile industry: high-end products have a competitive advantage

by:JIYALI     2021-07-30
Nearly more than ten years after Japan clearly stated that science and technology creation and establishment of the country were a basic national policy, Japanese textile companies have continuously increased their investment in independent research and development. Relying on the accumulated technological development and product planning capabilities, Japanese textile products have re-established their position in the international market. Japan's high-end textiles have a very competitive advantage, relying on research and development advantages. In 2006, my country's textile and apparel exports totaled US$147.222 billion. Among the major exporting countries and regions, Japan ranked second, with exports of 18.968 billion U.S. dollars, an increase of 8.10% year-on-year.   From January to September 2007, my country’s textile and apparel exports totaled US$124.282 billion. Among the major exporting countries and regions, Japan ranked second, with exports of USD 13.722 billion, a year-on-year increase of 3.42%.   Judging from the above data, the Japanese textile and apparel market is extremely dependent on Chinese products. For a long time, Japan has imported a large number of textiles and clothing from overseas, especially from China, making it impossible to maintain Japan's traditional mass production center industrial structure. In the field of low-end products, Japan cannot compete with imported products at all. In the past 10 years, the number of textile manufacturing companies and employment in Japan has decreased by 40%-50%. But on the other hand, the technology development and product planning capabilities accumulated by the Japanese textile industry for a long time have made the Japanese textile industry occupy an increasingly important position in the field of high-end textiles.   The advantages of the Japanese fiber industry are specifically manifested in the research, development and application of new fiber materials. In terms of research and development, all companies from upstream to downstream have high technology development capabilities and product development capabilities. In particular, the technological level of development of high-performance fibers and next-generation fibers, environmental protection and energy conservation is high, and Japan is at the highest level in the world. In terms of applied technology, after a new material has been developed, it is quickly transformed into an epoch-making new product, which is Japan’s strength.  Amazing Ru0026D efficiency  Japanese textile companies are developing new products at a rapid rate. The following is a rough collection of the main new products of some companies this year, in order to give everyone a perceptual understanding of the Ru0026D capabilities of Japanese companies.  1. Highly flame-retardant fireproof fiber   In June, Kanekalon Protex, a flame-retardant fiber, was successfully developed by Kanekabuchi Chemical Industry of Japan. Kanekalon Protex has high flame resistance, especially when it is interwoven and blended with cellulose materials such as cotton and rayon, and Kanekalon Protex shrinks when heated to form a carbonized layer, so it is safer than melted polyester and acrylic fibers. Even higher. Kanekalon Protex can be mixed with cotton, wool and other natural fibers and all fibers to achieve this fire protection requirement. It can greatly solve the problems of poor hand feel, moisture absorption and poor breathability of natural fiber flame-retardant products in the past, and at the same time, the natural material has excellent hand feeling. And performance to the fullest. 2. Longitudinal fiber non-woven fabrics Teijin Fiber Co., Ltd. announced that it will introduce the non-woven fabric manufacturing equipment V-Lap that arranges fibers in the vertical direction, and officially launch the business of high-elasticity and light-weight high-performance non-woven fabrics. first. The equipment installation date is set in October, and production will be officially put into operation in November, with a total investment of 400 million yen. Due to the longitudinal arrangement of the fibers and the use of high-performance raw cotton (elkSOLOTEX, etc.) developed by the Teijin Group, V-Lap non-woven fabric has high resilience, resistance to vertical pressure, less sagging, low density and high air permeability. Easy to bend and shape. This kind of non-woven fabric can be used for seat cushions, bedding and mattresses of automobiles, trams, and furniture, automobile sound-absorbing materials, and heat-insulating materials.  3, sensor functional fabric    In July, Japan's Aichi Institute of Industrial Technology announced to the public that it had successfully developed a fabric with sensor function. The fabric adopts a skin-core structure, the core is made of conductive metal fibers, and the skin layer is made of insulating fibers. After this fiber is pressed, the distance between the warp and the weft becomes smaller, and the electrostatic capacitance changes during this period. The change in the capacitance can be measured to form a switch.  4. Silk-style microfiber fabric    At the beginning of the year, Toray Corporation of Japan developed the silk-style fabric Soienir by using superfine polyester fiber designed by special polymer. Soienir uses a new sea-island type ultrafine fiber with a single fiber denier of 0.18dtex and fine voids on the fiber surface. Therefore, it increases the resistance between the single fibers, inhibits the movement of the fibers, and gives the fabric a sense of flatness. The sea-island type superfine fibers are tightly arranged without losing the fine gaps, making the fabric soft and elastic. The fabric has rich and elegant lines, soft and flat feeling, natural silk luster, and unique fineness and compactness. It is mainly used for dresses, jackets, coats, pants and other women's clothing fabrics.
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