Paper does everything (Past)

Shifting from indigo to Japanese and special paper From 1916 to 1959

MachineIn 1916, Awa Paper Mfg. was established as the first machine-made Japanese paper manufacturer with support from major business leaders in Tokushima centering on the indigo business, which was a major local industry. We promoted the development of Japanese paper applications while producing thin paper for Japanese writing and tissue paper.

As it is said that "paper is a barometer of culture," paper use was increasing dramatically at that time, and it was too difficult to make a large amount of paper by hand. Shifting to mechanical papermaking enabled us to supply paper with stable quality at low prices. As a result, machine-made paper has gained wide acceptance.

Japanese writing paper, tissue paper (machine-made Japanese paper)After the Pacific War, there was a change in the environment in that our lifestyle was Westernized and the Japanese paper business declined, although it had been expanding satisfactorily until then.

In such a situation, we received an inquiry from a chemical manufacturer about base paper for celluloid. We believed that the niche market for special paper, which was neither Japanese paper nor general paper, was the way we lived and had the potential of success, and we introduced new technologies for manufacturing cotton linter pulp to start the development and production of special paper, including base paper for celluloid.

After that in order to enhance the development of applications of special papers using cotton linters, we developed special paper as base papers for parchment and bakelite after a process of trial and error and then transformed our business from the Japanese paper business to the special paper business.

History of Awa Paper Mfg.'s products

Year

Base paper for separators for lead batteries

Filter for engines

Separation membrane support medium paper

Base paper for friction materials for clutch plates

M-fine (micro filter)

CARMIX (heat radiation fin)

  • Japanese writing paper, tissue paper (machine-made Japanese paper)
  • Base paper for celluloid
  • Parchment paper
  • Base paper for mosquito-repellent mat, base paper for coasters (thick special paper)
  • Base paper for separators for lead batteries
  • Base paper for decorative sheets
  • Heat-resistant cushion paper
  • Filter for engines
  • Base paper for building materials (incombustible and non-flammable wallpaper, etc.)
  • Base paper for building materials (inorganic fiber) (core for tile carpet, etc.)
  • Base paper for gaskets (material may change)
  • Separation membrane support medium paper
  • PURELY (polyester sheet)
  • ALT (polyolefin sheet)
  • Base paper for non-flammable honeycomb
  • Base paper for friction materials for clutch plates
  • VOC adsorption sheet
  • Filter for wire cut
  • Nanowoven (nano coat filter media)
  • M-fine (micro filter)
  • CARMIX (heat radiation fin)
Paper does everything
Past: For about a century, we achieved what we could do with paper according to customer needs.
Present: Using “Paper does everything—creating paper that exceeds paper” as our motto, we develop functional paper and non-woven fabrics that support the industry every day.
Future: With a spirit of challenge and a spirit of manufacturing that we have had since our establishment, we will continue to create unique products with high added value.

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