Imabari No.1 Plant
Production of bio-ethanol from cotton fiber

In the Imabari first plant, we manufacture bio-ethanol from cotton clothes collected during our Fuku-Fuku project (Clothes-Clothes project). The cellulose contained in the cotton fiber is converted to glucose by the enzyme, this glucose is then further fermented to bio-ethanol. The resulting bio-ethanol is used as part of the boiler fuel of the cotton dyeing plant to stain the famous Imabari towels®. The bio-ethanol production technology has been developed through joint research with Osaka University

Production of bio-ethanol from cotton fibers in our Imabari No.1 plant

Imabari No.1 Plant is our first plant. During the founding period, large-scale funding was difficult to obtain so, in order to reduce the cost of construction, the pipe welding in almost all of the equipment was done by our own employees. It was a very challenging construction project, but now we are stable and running successfully.

Fiber product, gathered from all over Japan, is fed into the batch

The production of glucose in the saccharification tank

Fermenting glucose to produce bio-ethanol