Tokyo, Japan, April 28, 2015 --- Teijin Limited announced today that it will support Japan’s exhibition at Expo Milano 2015 in Milan, Italy from May 1 by providing full sets of Japanese kimonos and accessories made with the Teijin Group’s polyester fabric that does not sacrifice beauty to provide exceptional functionality. The kimonos will be worn by waitresses at Minokichi, a Japanese restaurant within the Japan Pavilion, during the half-year expo.
Teijin’s fabric features deep, vivid colors and an elegant luster, yet is also washable and wrinkle resistant. Combining beauty with functionality, it is an ideal material for kimonos in a high-class Japanese restaurant, where the waitresses must serve food and drink with both grace and refinement. Teijin hopes that the lovely yet highly practical kimonos made with the Teijin material will contribute to the introduction of Japanese food culture and Japan’s ancient tradition of providing guests with deeply satisfying culinary experiences.
Moreover, after the expo, the kimono fabric contributed by Teijin can be recycled with Teijin’s ECO CIRCLE, the world's first closed-loop recycling system, which turns used polyester into new fibers that offer the purity and quality of petroleum-derived fibers. The ECO CIRCLE global system is a leading example of Teijin’s many efforts to contribute to more sustainable societies.
Expo Milano, under the core theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” will address a wide range of food-related themes. The Japan Pavilion, under its own theme of “Harmonious Diversity,” will introduce Japan’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industries and various initiatives regarding food. It will also present Japanese food-culture concepts and techniques, including traditional values such as discouraging wastefulness, which offer practical usefulness in addressing food security, sustainability and related global issues.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY784.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) and total assets of JPY 768.4 billion (USD 7.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014.
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