Murata, Teijin Frontier develop plant-based antibacterial fabric
Posted June 4, 2020
OSAKA, Japan – Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., based in Kyoto Japan, and Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., based in Osaka City, have jointly developed the world's first piezoelectric fabric, "PIECLEX," that generates electrical energy and exhibits antimicrobial performance when a motion is applied.
Also, Murata and Teijin Frontier jointly established PIECLEX Co., Ltd., with its head office in Yasu City Japan, on April 1 as a joint venture company for the purpose of research, development, manufacturing and sales of this fabric.
PIECLEX fabric realizes antimicrobial performance by converting motions such as human movement into electrical energy by combining Murata's piezoelectric technology cultivated through development and manufacture of electronic components with Teijin Frontier's fabric technology, which spans from yarns and materials to product manufacturing. PIECLEX also contribute to protecting the global environment as it uses plant-derived polylactic acid (PLA) as its raw material and does not apply chemical agents and organic solvents.
Carbon neutral, earth friendly
PIECLEX uses PLA, which is produced by fermented starch extracted from plants to produce lactic acid then bonded. Since plants absorb carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and synthesize starch, PIECLEX does not increase the total amount of carbon dioxide that causes global warming.
Antimicrobial/ deodorizing properties
PIECLEX fabric generates electricity by using the expansion and contraction of the fabric produced by human movement or other motions. This enables antimicrobial and deodorant functions without using chemical agents or organic solvents, helping to reduce the environmental load.
The antibacterial function prevents odor generated by bacteria that decomposes sweat and sebum.
Going forward, PIECLEX Co., Ltd. will develop a wide range of applications of PIECLEX, from clothing products such as sportswear and innerwear to industrial products including filters and sanitary materials.
Production and sales will start from fiscal 2020, with the goal of 10 billion yen in sales by fiscal 2025.
"The fabric developed by the newly established PIECLEX Co., Ltd. makes use of Murata’s piezoelectric technology and knowledge cultivated through products such as SAW filters, resonators and sensors,” said Murata Chairman of the Board and President Tsuneo Murata. “To the present, Murata has contributed mainly in the field of electronic equipment, and I am very happy that this combination with Teijin Frontier's fabric technology will let us challenge the creation of new value in the field of fabrics. This joint venture will make the most of both companies' strengths and contribute to the creation of prosperous lifestyles through electrical fabrics."
Added Teijin Frontier President and CEO: "The piezoelectric fabric developed by PIECLEX Co., Ltd. realizes antimicrobial performance without using chemical agents, etc. It also contributes to environmental load reduction as it applies plant-derived raw materials. PIECLEX integrates Murata and Teijin Frontier’s cutting-edge technologies, and I believe this innovative fabric will be essential for sustainable future lifestyle. By providing fabric that have never existed before, we will contribute to realize bountiful lifestyles and beautiful environment."
Source: Murata Manufacturing Co. and Teijin Frontier