AICA's SDG-Oriented Products
By providing products that help solve social issues,
we contribute to the formation of a sustainable society.
At AICA, we pursue a cooperate philosophy by which we create new value and contribute to society through continuous innovation in the spirit of our philosophy of kyosei*. To manifest this philosophy in action, we take social issues seriously and focus on developing and providing products that contribute to solving them. In order to make these efforts more tangible, we have organized the characteristics of our products in relation to the SDGs as shown below, and defined them as “SDG-Oriented Products.” We will continue to expand this category of products by leveraging our strengths in Chemistry and Design.
- Please refer here for the meaning of kyosei
Characteristics of SDG-Oriented Products
Effective Use of Forest Resources
Decorative boards, fixtures, countertops, Resins and adhesives for plywood and fiberboard
Trees absorb atmospheric CO2 and store carbon as they grow. We can maintain the effectiveness of forest CO2 absorption by effectively utilizing older trees that are absorbing less carbon dioxide, and by activating the forest’s metabolism. AICA contributes to the effective use of wood resources by providing resins and adhesives used in processing wood into plywood, MDF, particleboard, and other wooden products, as well as utilizing wood materials in many products such as decorative boards and countertops.
High pressure laminate (HPL), decorative boards, adhesives for plywood, electronic materials
Biomass refers to a biologically-derived organic resource that is increasingly being used as an alternative to fossil resources. Plant-derived biomass in particular is considered a carbon-neutral resource because, although it emits CO2 when it is discarded and burned, the CO2 that was absorbed during its biological growth process only returns to the atmosphere.
AICA contributes to the creation of a recycling-oriented society through the active use of biomass materials.
High Durability and Low Maintenance
HPL, melamine nonflammable decorative panels, floor coating materials, etc.
Durable materials retain their aesthetic appeal and resist damage over the long term, extending the life of furniture, floors, walls, and other items made of such materials, while contributing to waste reduction. Durable materials are also easy to care for, reducing maintenance frequency and workload. AICA offers HPL and other durable building materials.
Wall coverings, wall coating materials, floor coating materials, etc.
The construction industry is facing a serious shortage of labor due to the decline in the working-age population caused by a declining birthrate and aging population, as well as intensifying competition for human resources among industries. Making construction and installation work easier and less time-consuming will help reduce labor shortages. AICA helps improve productivity at construction sites by providing labor-saving products and products that help shorten the construction period.
Virus and Bacteria Control
Antiviral building materials (HPL, melamine noncombustible decorative panels, countertops, fittings), anti-viral films
As people’s awareness of hygiene increases due to the spread of infectious diseases, there is a growing need for antiviral and antibacterial performance in building materials and electronic products in places where people gather in unspecified numbers, such as medical and welfare facilities, childcare and education facilities, commercial facilities, and transportation facilities. AICA offers antiviral building materials and antiviral films for touch panels.
Building materials with deodorant performance (HPL, melamine noncombustible decorative panels, multifunctional calcium silicate panels, fittings, wall coating materials, etc.)
There is a strong need for deodorant performance in medical and welfare facilities and restrooms used by unspecified numbers of people. Ensuring that users are comfortable and free of unpleasant odors improves quality of life and creates an environment that reflects care for their wellbeing. AICA offers a wide range of products with deodorizing performance to help create comfortable spaces.
- SakaeChika Crystal Square shopping mall toilet, designed by CHUBU FUKKEN CONSULTANTS CO.,LTD (Naruse & Goto) + Hit Project Co.,Ltd (Yuzumi Yamaguchi)
Fire Prevention and Resistance
Melamine noncombustible decorative panels, noncombustible decorative panels, multifunctional calcium silicate panel
To minimize damage from fire, the Building Standards Act requires the use of fireproof materials according to the type and size of the building. AICA contributes to the creation of a safe and secure society by providing products that have been certified for fire prevention, thereby enhancing the fire resistance of buildings.
Stone Resource Conservation
Engineered stones, methacrylic solid surface, non-combustible decorative panels (stone appearance)
Overagressive mining of rare stone materials with high design value may lead to the cutting down of trees and the removal of topsoil. We can enhance sustainability through the efficient use of scarce stone resources, and the development of materials that provide alternatives to finite natural stone resources by pursuing printing and resin technologies. AICA offers realistic stone surface reproductions for countertops and walls.
Wall coating materials (for external insulation method, etc.)
One of the measures to reduce GHG emissions is to seek reductions in energy use. Energy use can be reduced by improving a building’s thermal insulation and heat shielding performance, and by improving heating and cooling efficiency. AICA provides building materials with thermal insulation and thermal barrier properties to help make buildings more efficient in their use of energy.
Extending the Service Life of Buildings
Repair and reinforcement materials, wall coating materials (for exterior insulation method)
As infrastructure age at an alarming rate, proper maintenance is becoming increasingly important. In addition to reducing energy consumed during construction, extending the service life of buildings including residences, will also lead to more efficient use of resources through long-term use. AICA contributes to the longevity of buildings by providing repair and reinforcement materials for concrete structures and tile wall surfaces, as well as exterior insulation methods that enhance the durability of concrete frames.
Countertops, fittings, toilet cubicle systems
Globalization, a growing elderly population, and an increase in the number of working women require the creation of spaces that are more user-friendly for a greater variety of people. AICA provides doors for medical and welfare facilities, child-friendly countertops, toilet cubicle systems, and other products that help create comfortable spaces for everyone.
Multifunctional calcium silicate panel, HPL (refurbishment method)
Due to global mass production and consumption, environmental pollution caused by untreated waste is becoming increasingly severe. There is a need to reduce waste through recycling of used products and other means to form a sustainable, circular economy. AICA promotes the effective use of product scraps and waste materials generated during the manufacturing process, and offers refurbishment methods that reduce waste materials during construction and installation.
Multifunctional calcium silicate panel, wall coating materials
In recent years, houses have become increasingly airtight and insulated, and energy use efficiency has improved. On the other hand, health hazards caused by chemicals, dust mites, and mold have become an issue. AICA offers health-conscious products such as building materials with humidity control properties and wall coating materials that adsorb and decompose toxic substances.
While organic solvents are easy to work with, they can be hazardous to health if inhaled in large quantities. Improper disposal may also have a negative impact on the environment. AICA offers adhesives that do not contain organic solvents, thereby reducing the impact on the human body and the environment.