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Ichikawa has become synonymous with quality papermaking

Ichikawa seeks to expand into China, where the government has been working to modernise the local papermaking industry and make it more environmentally friendly

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 12 April, 2016, 4:58pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 14 April, 2016, 9:53am

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In today’s modern papermaking industry, Ichikawa Co has become synonymous with papermaking felts, shoe press belts and transfer belts of exceptional quality. Used in the press section of the paper production line, Ichikawa felts and belts provide customers worldwide with utmost running stability, dewatering capability and paper smoothness.

“We consistently deliver new and innovative products,” says Ichikawa president Masataka Ushio. “We continuously invest in new equipment to ensure the highest level of production efficiency and quality.”

Ichikawa’s new papermaking felts, such as the Zimo Nex, are composed of double non-woven layers, which provide excellent nip dewatering and superior paper smoothness. The Zimo Cross felt, on the other hand, is a multiaxial laminated felt composed of two or more base fabrics of different phases. The Zimo Cross has the advantage of anticompaction and water permeability, especially at extreme high-nip load positions.

The company’s research and development department is equipped with a large-scale pilot machine modelled on the press section of an actual papermaking production line. Ichikawa complements such technical superiority, accumulated through nearly 70 years, with excellent customer service, as the company draws on its solid sales and marketing structure worldwide.

Up ahead, Ichikawa would like to expand into Asia, especially into China, where the government has been working to modernise the local papermaking industry to make it more environmentally friendly. Ichikawa also sees an opportunity on the mainland for industrial cushion felts for printed circuit boards and other electronic components. This is besides felts, shoe press belts and transfer belts for papermaking machines, where the company has the largest market share worldwide.

“We see huge potential for these products as we are now able to compete with the market price in China,” Ushio says. “We would like Ichikawa to be the first brand that comes to mind when Chinese manufacturers speak of the products in our range.”


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