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Asahi Kasei’s AKXY2 Concept Car to Make International Debut at Detroit Auto Show – September 14 and 15 only

Sustainability, Satisfaction and Society will revolutionize future mobility

  • From water-based coatings to lightweight flame retardant foams and resins, Asahi Kasei draws from over 100 years of innovation across its diverse businesses with the technology in AKXY2
  • AKXY2 will make its international debut at the North American International Detroit Auto Show in the main concourse on Press and Industry days (September 14 and 15 only)
  • Industry thought leaders will be present to deep dive into Asahi Kasei’s latest technology for automotive interiors, sensing, exteriors and batteries

Asahi Kasei, a diversified Japanese multinational company, will present its newest autonomous EV concept car AKXY2 for the first time internationally at the North American International Detroit Auto Show on September 14 and 15 in the main concourse of Huntington Place Convention Center.

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AKXY2, Asahi Kasei's latest concept car for the future of autonomous electrified mobility, will make its first appearance outside of Japan at NAIAS 2022 in the main concourse of Huntington Place in Detroit on September 14 and 15 only. Learn more at AKXY2 . (Photo: Business Wire)

AKXY2, Asahi Kasei's latest concept car for the future of autonomous electrified mobility, will make its first appearance outside of Japan at NAIAS 2022 in the main concourse of Huntington Place in Detroit on September 14 and 15 only. Learn more at AKXY2 . (Photo: Business Wire)

Debuting in Japan on May 25, 2022 in line with Asahi Kasei’s 100th anniversary, AKXY2 showcases the company’s cross-divisional expertise throughout the entire value chain with technology that touches the senses and ensures the highest functionality while proposing solutions to reduce the environmental impact of automobiles. Virtually everything that can be seen, touched and interacted with is made from Asahi Kasei original or collaborative technology.

The concept behind AKXY2 collects the evolving needs of car occupants into themes revolving around Sustainability, Satisfaction and Society – the “3 S’s” that Asahi Kasei projects will change the way occupants use cars and how they will more thoroughly integrate into our lives. AKXY2 will also be fully customizable in a similar fashion to the living room of our homes. The door folds out and the canopy extends upward to facilitate an open area for socialization resembling a home patio. Conversely, closing the door and canopy provides an isolating atmosphere that can turn the interior into a very relaxing, private space. The way AKXY2 is used depends entirely on the dreams and desires of each individual occupant and should feel like a mobile extension of your own home.

“The biggest challenge we had in the planning process for AKXY2 was identifying how to provide features that hit all three of the main themes harmoniously,” says Mike Franchy, Director of North American Mobility at Asahi Kasei America. “That is one of the advantages of being in business for over 100 years – we have an expansive portfolio of products which touch on this theme and integrate them into a complete vehicle concept. While a few of the technologies are still under development, like our water-based hard coating, we have been able to actually apply them to AKXY2, making a realistic depiction of what the future of mobility can be.”

In addition to AKXY2, Asahi Kasei will be featuring a number of other innovations as well with experts at the venue to deep dive into the technology.

  • Senseair Alcohol Sensor, an extremely accurate touch-free system that can detect alcohol on a driver’s breath in real time and be seamlessly integrated into vehicles.
  • SunForce™, a lightweight, thermal-insulating foam with flame-retardance, high dimensional accuracy and ability to in-mold electronics, ideal for multiple uses in EV battery packs and battery manufacturing.
  • Lastan™, a lightweight, flame-retardant nonwoven material ideal for preventing thermal propagation of lithium-ion batteries.
  • SoForm™, a glass fiber reinforced, scratch-resistant polypropylene that has low gloss, low emissions, chemical resistance and structural performance.
  • Cubit™, a 3D honeycomb fabric that can replace a portion of polyurethane foam in vehicles. The front and back surfaces can use recycled polyester fiber that can be recycled again, and some grades of Cubit use plant-derived raw materials for roughly 40% of the connecting thread.
  • Polycarbonate (PC) Glazing, a water-based hard coating that can provide the necessary durability for PC to replace glass on vehicles, reducing total vehicle weight by 40-50%.
  • Dinamica®Pure, a premium microfiber resembling suede which is solvent free, and uses partially recycled content creating exceptional performance and beauty.

With Sustainability as a fundamental cornerstone of its 2024 medium-term plan, Asahi Kasei will be illustrating what it means to Be a Trailblazer at the Detroit Auto Show this September. Stop by and step inside AKXY2 to experience the future of mobility.

About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since its foundation in 1922 with ammonia and cellulose fiber businesses, Asahi Kasei has consistently grown through the proactive transformation of its business portfolio to meet the evolving needs of every age. With more than 46,000 employees around the world, the company contributes to a sustainable society by providing solutions to the world's challenges through its three business sectors of Material, Homes, and Health Care. Its Material sector, comprised of Environmental Solutions, Mobility & Industrial, and Life Innovation, includes a wide array of products from battery separators and biodegradable textiles to engineering plastics and sound solutions. For more information, visit

Asahi Kasei is also dedicated to sustainability initiatives and is contributing to reaching a carbon neutral society by 2050. To learn more, visit


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