The World of Bemberg
History

Born in the late 19th century, Bemberg has been expanding
its features and applications to keep pace with fashion.

The history of tireless development, in which Bemberg grew into the only material widely used around the world

The origins of Bemberg date back to the late 19th century, when chemical fibers had just been developed. In 1928, Asahi Kasei introduced the fiber production technology by J.P. Bemberg and, after three years of research, Asahi Kasei successfully produce this artificial fiber. In 1931, Asahi Kasei built the Bemberg Plant in Nobeoka City, Miyazaki Prefecture, and started operations.

Thanks to its untiring research and technological innovation, Asahi Kasei is now the only manufacturer of Cupro (Bemberg) in the world.

  • History of Bemberg™
  • Changes in the Logo and Tag

1897

1897

The principle of Bemberg is invented.

1898

Industrialization in Germany

*The street where J.P. Bemberg of Germany used to be located is called Bemberg Strasse (Bemberg Street).

1928

The representative of J.P. Bemberg of Germany and Shitagau Noguchi (the founder of Asahi Kasei) sign a formal agreement on the introduction of technological machines in New York.

1929

Bemberg Fiber Co., Ltd. is established.

1931

The production of Bemberg (hank yarn) commences. It begins to be produced as a clothing material in Hokuriku. The area of production is later expanded to the Ryomo area (Kiryu City, Gunma Prefecture, and Ashikaga City, Tochigi Prefecture).

1933

Asahi Bemberg Fiber Co., Ltd. is established.

1949
  • Raw yarns begin to be provided to Yamanashi region.
  • The production of raw yarns for tricot begins.
  • The Showa Emperor visits Bemberg Plant for inspection.

1950

1950

Raw yarns of Bemberg for yarn-dyed linings begin to be input in full scale in Yamanashi region.

1951
  • Commencement of textile business
  • The first Yamanashi Bemberg Textile Competition is held.

1952
  • Advertising on mass media begins.
  • Radio advertising of linings begins.
1953
  • Launch of Bemberg de Chine (AK3500)
  • The industry's first in-house textile is launched.
  • Kanazawa Branch of R&D Laboratory for Applied Product is established.

1954
  • R&D Laboratory for Applied Product is established in Takatsuki City, Osaka.
  • Production utilizing continuous spinning begins.
  • Export of fabric for luxury saris begins.

1956

Kimono fabric produced in Kiryu begins to be sold in Nishijin, Kyoto.

1959
  • Yamanashi branch is established.

1960

1960

Production of Bemberg staple fiber begins.

1961
  • TV commercial for linings begins to be shown.
  • Advertisement of lingerie begins.
  • First Hokuriku Bemberg Promotion Exhibition

1962

Crown Prince (Heisei Emperor) and Princess visit Bemberg Plant for inspection.

1965

Expansion of the fields of apparel and materials (woven labels, metallic fibers, hair implantation, handicraft yarn and velvet)

1967

Golden age of linings for home-sewing, with a shift from de Chine to taffetas

1968
  • Golden age of yarn-dyed linings
  • Golden age of tricot for intimates

1970

1970

Bemberg yarn is stored in the time capsule for Expo '70 in Osaka.

1971
  • Launch of piece-dyed linings for men
  • Asahi Kasei and Miyazaki Prefectural Government sign an agreement on the prevention of pollution in Nobeoka City.

1973

Launch of linings in 48-inch width for pret-a-porter.

1974
  • Sales of Bemliese™ (nonwoven product) begins.
  • Production applying NP (high-speed continuous) spinning process begins.
1975

Production of hollow fibers (for artificial kidneys) begins.

1976

Asahi Kasei Textile Co., Ltd. is established.

1977

Sales of yarns for traditional wear in India begins.

1980

1980
  • Textile mills in India who use Bemberg come to Japan.
  • Collaborated textile exhibition with production areas (Yamanashi, Kiryu, Niigata and Yonezawa) begins.

1981
  • Illustrations by French fashion illustrator René Gruau are used for advertisements.
  • Asahi Kasei begins sponsoring a TV program entitled "Naruhodo! The World."
  • Bemberg hollow fiber for artificial kidneys is awarded the Imperial Invention Prize.
1987

Full-scale export of raw yarns to Italy begins.

1990

1990

Launch of a "Peach-skin" finish material

1993

Launch of combined yarn with polyester

1994

Launch of linings in 54-inch width for pret-a-porter.

1995

Launch of polyester mixed linings for men

1996

Golden age of Bemberg high twisted yarn

1997

Lining R&D Laboratory for Applied Product is established.

*Current view of the Lining R&D Laboratory. This sign has continued to be used since the establishment of the center.

1998
  • Launch of soft stretch linings
  • Launch of combined yarn with polyester for knitting material

1999
  • Joint exhibition of linings begins to be held.
  • Production of hank yarns stops.

2000

2000
  • Provision of materials with functions appropriate for sports
  • Participate in CHIC, a fashion trade show in China

2001
  • Exhibition of Bemberg apparel textile begins.
  • Full-scale provision of cotton mixed textile

2002

Expansion of functional textile

2003

Asahi Kasei Fibers Italia s.r.l is established.

2004
  • Exhibit at Première Vision Paris
  • Provision of home textiles and exhibit at Intertextile Shanghai
  • New brand statement, "A Touch of Nature" is introduced.

2005

Ningbo Yak-Yo Bemberg Textile Co., Ltd., a joint venture in China, begins operation.

2006

Exhibit at Interfilière (Paris)

2007
  • Asahi Kasei China Fashion Designer Creative awards starts (Beijing).
  • Exhibit at Heimtextil (Frankfurt)

2008

Asahi Kasei Corp. Center for Advanced Technology of Fiber & Textiles is established (Moriyama)

2009
  • Production of cupro fiber ends at other companies, as a result of which Asahi Kasei becomes the only cuoro (Bemberg) manufacturer.
  • Exhibit at the China International Knitting Fair (Shanghai)

2010

2014
  • Bemberg Lining Museum+ is established.
  • Production begins at a new NP (high-speed continuous) spinning process.

2015

New brand statement, "It feels so precious," is introduced.

2016
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Report is created.
  • Participation in the Business Call to Action (BCtA) led by the United Nations Development Programme with initiatives in India
2017

Global Recycle Standard (GRS) certification is obtained from Textile Exchange.

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