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Development of KANECARON®
Development of KANECARON®

Across a span of over 50 years, the development of KANECARON® has consistently aimed to realize high quality eco fur.

This development continues to this day, seeking even higher levels of quality.

History of KANECARON® Development

The production of KANECARON® can be traced back as far as 1957. In the beginning, it was produced as a material added to natural wool for use mainly in blankets.

Afterwards in the 1960s, market information indicated that KANECARON® exported to Western countries was being used as "imitation fur" (what eco fur was called at the time), and Kaneka investigated further. As a result, Kaneka was convinced that this was the usage that made the best use of KANECARON®'s qualities as a material, and they began development of eco fur in earnest.

Across a span of over 50 years, the development of KANECARON® has consistently aimed to realize high quality eco fur.

This development continues to this day, seeking even higher levels of quality.

Development of KANECARON®

Material Development

Material Development

The key to developing the materials was the thorough researching of animal fur with the goal of emulating it.
The shape of hair differs depending on the animal, and furthermore, a single species of animal can have a mixture of different types of fibers.
By conducting detailed analyses of the fibers of each of these animals, fibers were developed that had the optimal cross-sectional shape, glossiness, fineness and length.
During development, importance was also laid on the ease of handling the materials in their manufacturing process, with more unique fiber products, such as fibers able to shrink with heat and that have dope-dyeability (able to be colored during manufacture) also being lined up.
Currently, KANECARON® has over 400 features overall, and the accumulation of so many features has been the key to broadening the range of eco fur variations to a great extent.

Material Research

Material Research

The development of KANECARON® has not been limited to fibers.
Through using the wide range of KANECARON® features, which number over 400, in a way where each of their merits can be utilized, Kaneka has been able to create better eco fur materials.
In order to achieve this, Kaneka, despite being a maker of raw materials for eco fur in the 1970s, incorporated facilities for producing the materials into their own inhouse laboratories.
With this, Kaneka could thoroughly test the fiber structures and material manufacturing conditions required for raising the quality of eco fur, and through passing this knowledge onto partner material makers, they have been helping to raise the quality of materials that use Kanecaron.

Manufacturing Method Development

Manufacturing Method Development

KANECARON® has been adding changes to conventional material manufacturing methods to give new value to existing eco fur.
For example, Lustrous® is a manufacturing technique developed by Kaneka as a way to prevent hair strands shedding, which has been an issue with eco fur materials.
This is achieved by applying a heated roller to the back side of the material to fuse Kanecalon to the back.
Lustrous® not only helps to prevent loose strands adhering to the inner part when layering, it also prevents everyday dust from accumulating on home textiles and stuffed toys to maintain a cleaner space for people's lifestyles.
Along with this, it also prevents hair strands falling from cut surfaces when sewing the materials, which helps to make the environment of the sewing factory cleaner.