Notice Regarding the Launch of Cellulose Nanofiber “SPINGLE MOVE” Sneakers
Jun. 23. 2021
In June 2021, sales started for sneakers that use cellulose nanofiber (*1) "nanoforest®". This product is jointly developed and marketed by Marubeni and Chuetsu Pulp Co., Ltd. (hereinafter, “Chuetsu”).
The cellulose nanofiber “nanoforest®” is incorporated as an additive in the rubber sole of the sneaker. The models that have the “nanoforest®” sole are the “SPINGLE MOVE” SPM-172 and SPM-295, a shoe brand by Spingle Company Co.,Ltd. (*2) which is a handmade shoes manufacturer located in Fuchu City, Hiroshima Prefecture.
The use of “Rubear cellulose nanofiber soles”, in which bio-material is compounded into the rubber, improves wear resistance by 40% as compared with conventional rubber soles, making the soles in these shoes both earth-friendly and durable.
Marubeni will continue to develop further practical applications in the cellulose nanofiber business field with Chuetsu.
(*1) Cellulose nanofiber (CNF) is made from plant fiber (pulp) which is defibrated into nanometer (Nano = 1/1000000000). Although the material is derived from plant fibers, it is five times stronger than iron and steel.
(*2) A handmade shoes manufacturer located in Fuchu City, Hiroshima Prefecture that designs, manufactures, and sells sneakers. Their sneakers are popular and comfortable, which they have achieved by researching Japanese foot shapes. Their elegant designs have been featured at the Paris Collection and the Milano Collection.
- <Reference> Press Release Dated April 25, 2017 Marubeni and Chuetsu sign Memorandum of Understanding for developing application and sales of cellulose nanofiber
- <Reference>Chuetsu Press Release Dated February 26, 2021 Notice Regarding CNF powder “nanoforest-PDP” applying for sneaker rubber sole (Japanese Only)