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FabCafé Kyoto: Material Meetup Kyoto

It has been an overwhelming success and a pleasure for Tras Ltd. to present and co-organize the Event hosted by the Swiss Consul to Japan, Dr. Felix Moesner, and Art-Science Manager, Fiammetta Pennisi.


Dr. Felix Moesner, Swiss Consul Osaka Japan - Swissnex and Fiammetta Pennisi

The 6th nexCafé event at FabCafe Kyoto with the theme of “𝐌𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝-𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬.” Among the six exceptional presenters who shared captivating insights into the immense value of modern-age natural materials, meticulously crafted by "Takumi" (master craftsmen) at the pinnacle of their art.


Masanao Nitta, President Tras Ltd. and Gregory Glanzmann

President Masanao Nitta detailed Tras’s prestigious 33-year legacy in motorsports and involvement in groundbreaking projects. Natsumi Nitta and Gregory Glanzmann unveiled the company’s evolution from crafting MotoGP motorcycle bodies to pioneering sustainable composite materials inspired by ancient Japanese molding techniques. 𝗧𝗿𝗮𝘀 𝗗𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗴𝗻𝘀 showcased their commitment to merging design excellence with functionality in creating Advanced Composite Materials.


Natsumi Nitta Tras Designs and Masanao Nitta

Further highlights included President Genichiro Endo of 𝗘𝗻𝗱𝗼 𝗟𝘂𝗴𝗴𝗮𝗴𝗲, who presented the ingenious "Fiber Bag", a functional product from the company’s rich history as a bag industry pioneer since 1824. and showcased our collaboration product business bag CAURI.


Genichiro Endo, Endo Luggage

Kosuke Kinoshita FabCafé Kyoto and Cauri Carbon Business Bag

President Tomoyuki Wakabayashi, from 𝗪𝗮𝗸𝗮𝗯𝗮𝘆𝗮𝘀𝗵𝗶 𝗕𝘂𝘁𝘀𝘂𝗴𝘂 𝗦𝗲𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗸𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗼, shared insights into preserving Kyoto’s traditional craft skills and exploring new business ventures.


President Wakabayashi of Wakabayashi Butsugu Seisakusho

Finally, Keita Shimizu of 𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗡𝗼𝗿𝗺 emphasized designing with a time axis, utilizing natural materials to craft timeless designs. These collective narratives underscored a commitment to sustainable practices and innovation, shaping a greener future.


Designer Keita Shimizu

REI concept chair

Moreover, the event was followed by an exclusive showcase of a special natural fiber edition of the Suzuki Katana motorcycle made from natural fiber by Tras.


Suzuki Katana Natural Fiber Version

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