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ECO production process

The unique wet-forming production process in the microfiber suede industry.

The Lamous wet-forming production process use various processes, such as wet laying and entangling, to impart strength and create the unique texture of the material. Lamous is manufactured and composed of environmentally-friendly raw materials.

STAGE1Direct spinning method

Image:Direct spinning method

ECO-process

The short ultra fine microfibers in Lamous are manufactured by a direct spinning method, in which high-quality raw materials are spun directly into thread which is then cut into short

Image:A sea-island fiber / Micofibers / Organic solvent

Other method:Composite spinning method

Composite spinning is a method whereby multiple microfibers are extracted from a thick fiber (“sea-island” type fiber) using organic solvents, and is the typical method for manufacturing microfibers. Asahi Kasei uses ultra fine microfibers with direct spinning method; a method which pays greater care and consideration for the impact to the human body.

STAGE2Wet laying

Image:Wet laying

Wet-forming process

The short ultra fine microfibers are laid on both sides (top and bottom) of the scrim layer, in a similar method to paper making, to form the unique three-layered sheet.

STAGE3Entangling

Image:Entangling

Wet-forming process

The ultra fine microfibers and scrim are entangled by high-pressure water jet showers to create a single, unified piece of material.

STAGE4Impregnating

Image:Impregnating

ECO-process

The spaces between the ultra fine microfibers are impregnated with water based polyurethane to create a strong, and elastic sheet.

Image:Water based / Organic solvent

Other types of polyurethane

Water based polyurethane has less impact on the human body, and is a more environmentally-friendly material than organic solvent types.

STAGE5Buffing

Image:Buffing

Buffing on face and creating feathery naps.

STAGE6Dyeing & Finishing

Image:Dyeing & Finishing

Dyeing colorfully and adding water repellency, stain-proof, and anti-static property by finishing. The color of Lamous is beautiful because the amount of polyurethane is low by the Lamous wet-forming production process, and there is little influence on dyeing.

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