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Asahi Kasei America, Inc. Expands Operations With a State-of-the-Art Novi Office to Strengthen Automotive Industry Presence

August 16, 2023

Asahi Kasei America, Inc., the regional headquarters of the Asahi Kasei Group for North America, announces the successful relocation of its Novi office to a newer, larger facility. This strategic move is part of the company’s commitment to strengthen marketing activities centered on the dynamic automotive industry.

The mobility field has always been a key focus for Asahi Kasei, renowned for its cutting-edge car interior materials, plastic compounds, battery separators, and electronic components. Its high-quality products have found widespread adoption in numerous vehicle models by major OEMs. The automotive materials and components landscape is changing dramatically as the industry ventures into the EV propulsion era. Asahi Kasei’s new regional headquarters will serve as a hub to showcase several materials during this significant surge in demand.

By relocating to Novi, the group aims to foster stronger relationships with major automakers and their extensive network of suppliers in the Detroit Region. The expanded Novi office will also catalyze and reinforce marketing and sales promotion functions, enabling the adaptation to emerging changes in demand swiftly.


Asahi Kasei's new office in Novi


“We are excited to embark on this journey of growth and innovation. As the mobility world continues to accelerate in various areas, Asahi Kasei is committed to building a stronger foundation for the future. The office expansion allows us to strengthen collaborations with our esteemed OEM and Tier One partners while showcasing our latest technologies. It aligns with our growth plan, driving us to continuously offer innovative products to an ever-changing market,” said Iichiro Kitsuda, Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Marketing for Asahi Kasei America.

The Novi office is a functional space where people from Asahi Kasei Group operations throughout North America and beyond, along with partner companies and customers, can come together. The facility has been thoughtfully designed to host exhibits, events, and technical demonstrations, providing a platform to showcase Asahi Kasei’s product characteristics and features while promptly understanding customers’ evolving needs. It also features a dedicated product showroom showcasing Asahi Kasei’s AKXY® POD vehicle interior concept and a demonstration car presenting cutting-edge future technologies.

Beyond mobility, Asahi Kasei’s other business operations will utilize the Novi office to explore new opportunities — particularly in decarbonization — in close collaboration with the company’s various business units and R&D functions headquartered in Japan.

The expansion reaffirms Asahi Kasei’s unwavering commitment to being at the forefront of innovation, consistently delivering world-class products and solutions to meet the ever-evolving demands of the automotive industry.


Asahi Kasei's new office in Novi


About Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since its foundation 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

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