Company Introduction

Management Philosophy

Earning and maintaining the trust and expectations of our customers through company-wide sales activities providing felts and nonwovens that are unique in terms of their variety, quality and function.


We are a manufacturer of felts and nonwovens.
Founded in 1917, we have been manufacturing our products in Himeji, in Hyogo Prefecture, for over 100 years.
We are providing our products and services all over the world.

What are Felts and Nonwovens?

Felts and nonwovens are made by compressing animal hair such as sheep or chemical fibers and entangling them into a sheet.

We classify those made from animal hair as felts and those made from chemical fibers such as polyester as nonwovens.

AMBIC’s Products are Used in a Variety of Situations

Gas filters for garbage incinerators

Parts of wind instruments

Materials used for tunnel constructions

Collar Liner of Suit

Spacers of gaps between automobile interior parts

Hammer felt for piano

Spacers of gaps between home appliance parts

Materials for handicrafts and stationery

AMBIC Through Data

Annual usage of wool

850 tons of wool per year, or about 600,000 sweaters

Annual production of HIMELON

Total length620km
Equivalent to the distance between Himeji and Nagasaki

Successive Presidents

The current President is the0th.
The third President, Kenichi Fujioka, was the father of Mr. Takuya Fujioka, an actor known for his work on “Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari” and the TV commercial appearance of “Sapporo Ichiban” noodles.

Annual production of hammer felt

We inherited the manufacturing method from Royal George, a British manufacturer with a history of over 100 years. Our wool felt is used for over half of the world’s pianos. (2019 data)

Founding year

AMBIC was founded in the same year as J.F. Kennedy was born during the First World War.

Japanese companies that have a history of over 100 years

There are about 33,000 so-called “Century-old Companies” in Japan according to a 2019 survey by Teikoku Databank.

Ambic’s History

December 1917
Founded as Nippon Felt Botai K.K.(capitalized at \300,000)
February 1934
Company name changed to Japan Felt Industrial Co., Ltd.
June/July 1945
The bulk of our main factory was bombed down during World War Ⅱ and reconstructed later.
March 1952
Felt for interlining of men’s suit developed and launched for the first time in Japan.
April 1955
Felt for clothing and handicrafts launched. That expanded the domestic use of felt and developed an entry into the clothing and handicraft industry.
August 1959
Chemical-bonded nonwovens HIMELON™ launched.
February 1963
Licensed as a JIS factory for industrial wool roll felt.
November 1963
Needle-punched felt filter bag “FELLON™” developed for the first time in Japan.
September 1968
Felt for copiers launched for the first time in Japan.
October 1971
FELTACE™ (collar liner) launched.
September 1978
Nonwovens for compress launched.
April 1982
Nippon Felt Kako K.K. established.
April 1986
Thermal-bonded nonwovens HIMELON HM launched.
August 1996
Started outsourced processing in China for some products.
December 1999
Entered into business alliance with HVAF.
April 2000
Company name changed to AMBIC Co., Ltd.
April 2000
Obtained ISO9002 certification. (Renewed as ISO9001 later.)
April 2001
High-performance filter bags using spunlace nonwovens launched.
June 2001
Company name of Nippon Felt Kako K.K. changed to Japan Felt Industrial Co., Ltd.
November 2001
Obtained ISO14001 certification.
August 2002
Became an affiliate of Nippon Keori Kaisha, Ltd.
October 2002
China-based affiliate “Jiangyin Ambic Felts & Nonwovens Ltd.” established.
September 2008
Hong Kong-based affiliate “AMBIC (HONGKONG) CO., LTD.” established.
August 2012
Shanghai-based affiliate “AMBIC (Shanghai) Trading Co., Ltd” established.
December 2017
Celebrated our 100th year in business.
February 2019
Hong Kong-based affiliate “AMBIC (HONGKONG) CO., LTD.” closed.