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Takayama Kasei Sets Sights on a Recycling-Oriented Society

Article - May 28, 2024

Founded in 1965, the sustainability-focused firm is committed to using recycled materials in the creation of its premium-quality flooring tiles and soundproofing materials.

Takayama Kasei is a Japanese manufacturer that uses recycled materials to create its leading-edge products. The company specializes in flooring tiles and soundproofing materials suitable for a wide range of building types.

“We’re one of the companies in Japan utilizing recycled materials for tiles and sound insulation materials,” reveals the firm’s president, Noritoshi Takayama.

Takayama Kasei’s products are not only environmentally friendly, but are also crafted with Japan’s shifting demographics in mind.

“Due to the shrinking domestic population, we have carefully designed our products to meet the demands of both skilled and unskilled individuals, so that they can securely install them.”

Mr. Takayama also stresses that Takayama Kasei’s use of recycled materials has no impact on the manufacturer’s commitment to exceptional quality.

“The Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) system is in place, with certifications obtained by companies like ourselves,” he says. “JIS was developed for virgin materials, not recycled materials, but we surpass these standards.”

And as Takayama Kasei strives for a greener future, the firm is stepping up its efforts to promote a circular economy.

“For our flooring tiles, we use recycled plastics and a filler stone powder,” Mr. Takayama says. “This filler is a virgin material obtained from deep in the mountains. We have developed a new product line of floor tiles from sawdust, and we intend to expand the line using other waste materials like used coffee grounds. That's the current focus of our R&D – and it’s almost complete.”

Takayama Kasei is also working to expand the global reach of its products, by seeking sales partnerships with local companies.

“We intend to focus on a niche market with a sense of Japanese modern living and a need for soundproofing,” Mr. Takayama says.