(Overview by Solution)Films and Functional Materials

Growth Strategy

We focus on creating environmental value added solutions, while expanding existing product sales

Chikao Morishige

Chikao Morishige
Representative Director & Senior Managing Executive Officer
Head of Safety and Disaster Management
Head of Films and Functional Materials Solutions

The Films and Functional Materials Solutions Division was created by combining our films, adhesives and coating-related operations.

Food loss is a growing social issue. In the packaging field, we will continue to increase sales of transparent vapordeposited film ECOSYAR®—a food storage film with excellent performance and cost. In the industrial films field, we intend to strengthen our capacity to supply COSMOSHINE SRF® by introducing offshore OEMs, while aiming to increase our market share from the current 35% to 50%. In mold releasing films for MLCC, we aim to raise our market share from 25% to 30% to meet solid demand, by expanding facilities at the Tsuruga Research and Production Center.

As well as increasing sales of these existing products, we will accelerate new cross-departmental initiatives. The deepening collaboration between the films and functional materials departments is one example of this. We aim to boost sales and realize efficiencies through deeper information sharing between the two departments. We will also tackle the challenge of creating new value and solutions by optimally integrating our assets in various fields.

We will also focus on the development of biomass-derived polymers in cooperation with the new Renewable Resources Business Development Department, as we aim to become a global leader in environmentally sound products and solutions.

Future Vision

  • No.1 global manufacturer of eco-conscious films
  • Comprehensive provider of resins

<Key Products>
Films, functional materials (VYLON®, HARDLEN® / plastics processed products)

Value Creation Flow

Process ESG aspects Related material issues
Enhancement of positive effects (increasing opportunities)
Enhancement of positive effects (increasing opportunities)
Mitigation of negative effects (reducing risk)
Mitigation of negative effects (reducing risk)
Procurement

Resource circulationResource circulation

  • Procuring recycled raw materials from PET bottles(Films)

Product life cycle management

Manufacturing

Preventing climate changePreventing climate change

  • Installation of gas cogeneration facilities, conversion of fuel from coal to gas

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Resource circulationResource circulation

  • Re-use of recycled raw materials
    Crisper®, KAMISHINE®, SPACECLEAN®, CYCLE CLEAN®, RESHINE®(Films)
  • Re-use of non-conforming products
    COSMOSHINE SRF® (Films)
  • Re-use of HAGIPRO resin*
    full-scale start of production scheduled for October 2021 (Films)
  • * Impurity-free PET made by removing the surface treatment of films that would otherwise reduce recyclability

Product life cycle management

Sales / Use

Solutions for customer challenges and social issuesSolutions for customer challenges and social issues

  • Saving resources and reducing GHG emissions by using recycled raw materials and developing thinner products
    Shrink film SPACECLEAN®
    Film of recycled PET resin CYCLE CLEAN®
    Film of plant-derived raw materials BIOPRANA®
  • Enables long-term food storage, reducing food loss
    Transparent vapor-deposited film ECOSYAR®
  • Enhances the performance of communications equipment
    Polarizer protective films for LCDs COSMOSHINE SRF®
    Mold releasing films for MLCC COSMOPEEL®
  • Replaces metals, reducing weight
    Copolymerized polyester VYLON®
  • Does not use solvents, reducing environmental impact
    Environmentally conscious printing plates Printight®, Cosmolight®
SDG2 SDG3 SDG6 SDG7 SDG9 SDG11 SDG12 SDG14

Ability to provide solutions (contribution through our business)


Reducing greenhouse gas emissions


Reducing environmental impact


Disposal / Re-use

Resource circulationResource circulation

  • Collecting and recycling silicon-coated films (Films)

Product life cycle management

Major ESG Topics in Business Processes

Resource circulation

We promote resource circulation by collecting offcuts from the manufacturing process and used end products, recycling them and using them as materials. We also help to reduce the volume of resources used by developing high-strength and thin products.

Preventing climate change

We continue to install gas cogeneration facilities, which can efficiently use the waste heat produced from power generation. We are also promoting conversion of fuel from coal to gas. Through these initiatives, we are reducing CO2 emissions.

Value Provided Through Products and Services

Films that help reduce food loss

Food packaging using ECOSYAR

Food packaging using ECOSYAR®

The transparent vapor-deposited film ECOSYAR®, which demonstrates outstanding gas barrier characteristics, is ideal for long-term food storage and helps to reduce food loss.

As no metals are vapor deposited, the film is also suitable for heating in microwave ovens.

Films that enhance the functionality of LCD displays

COSMOSHINE SRF® polarizer protective film for LCDs is a product that eliminates the coloration caused by birefringence seen in conventional polyester films. With the increasing size of LCD TVs, as well as the shift to bezel-less screens and open-cell panels, the product has gained a large market share.

Films that help save resources

CYCLE CLEAN

CYCLE CLEAN®

Toyobo develops and provides films for PET bottle labels that help to save resources through the use of recycled raw materials and a thinner product profile. For example, CYCLE CLEAN®, a film of recycled PET resin, has increased the ratio of recycled resin to a world-leading 80% while retaining the properties of conventional products.

Meanwhile, the heat-shrinkable polyester film SPACECLEAN® is the world’s thinnest polyester film, at 20 µm. This is at least 50% thinner than conventional products, and helps to significantly save on resources.

Mold releasing films for ceramic capacitors, supporting the shift to IoT

Ceramic capacitors are multipurpose electronic components that adjust electric current and temporarily store electricity. They are used in various types of electronic circuit.

Our mold releasing films for MLCC, including COSMOPEEL®, are essential to the production of ceramic capacitors. Toyobo is the only manufacturer with an integrated process from production of the raw film to coating of the releasing layer, supporting the spread and development of IoT and AI.