Asahi Kasei Europe joins Plastics Europe Germany

31 January 2024

Asahi Kasei Europe joined Plastics Europe Germany, the leading association of plastics producers in Germany, in December 2023.

Since its foundation in 2016 as the European headquarters of the Japanese technology group Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Europe has been developing and marketing engineering plastics and fibers, particle foams and other functional materials for the automotive industry and other areas of application. The location is also an innovation hub for the Asahi Kasei Group companies in Europe.

To further foster the relationship with the European plastics industry, Asahi Kasei Europe joined Plas- tics Europe Germany in December 2023. "As a chemical company and plastics producer, Asahi Kasei has a responsibility to contribute to a more sustainable society. This requires new technical develop- ments, but also cooperation and an open exchange with other companies. We are proud to be able to make our contribution to the ecosystem in the innovation driver Europe through our membership in Plastics Europe Germany," comments Martin Aeschlimann, General Manager Engineering Plastics at Asahi Kasei Europe.

Expertise from A to Z

As a highly diversified company, Asahi Kasei offers solutions along the entire material cycle - from the production of hydrogen as an alternative energy source, bio-based base chemicals and materials, to new innovative recycling technologies for polyamide 66 and carbon fiber composites. The Group is committing itself to become carbon neutral by 2050.

„It is a pleasure to welcome Asahi Kasei Europe at Plastics Europe! In 2002, Asahi Kasei developed the world’s first manufacturing method that uses CO2 as raw material for the production of polycar- bonate. Today, 15% of the global polycarbonate production uses this production technology. From my point of view, Asahi Kasei can serve as a a driver for the development of products and product grades to open up new businesses and application areas for the European market”, comments Ingemar Bühler, Executive Director, Plastics Europe Germany.

About Plastics Europe

Plastics Europe is the pan-European association of plastics manufacturers with offices across Europe. For over 100 years, science and innovation has been the DNA that cuts across the plastics industry. With close to 100 members producing over 90% of all polymers across Europe, Plastics Europe is the catalyst for the industry with a responsibility to openly engage with stakeholders and deliver solutions which are safe, circular and sustainable.

About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since its founding 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 48,000 employees worldwide, 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

Europe Contact:
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH Sebastian Schmidt [email protected]