Kando Concepts Ltd. Introduces Toy Line Made From Cellulosic Plastics

Page Content Kingsport, Tenn., USA — May 1, 2018 — Launching a new toy company into the highly competitive global toy market presented Kando Concepts Ltd with a challenge — and an opportunity to take a fresh approach to toy manufacturing. Focusing on original, high quality designs in the "play and learn" toy category, Kando Toy worked with...
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Kingsport, Tenn., USA — May 1, 2018 — Launching a new toy company into the highly competitive global toy market presented Kando Concepts Ltd with a challenge — and an opportunity to take a fresh approach to toy manufacturing.

Focusing on original, high quality designs in the "play and learn" toy category, Kando Toy worked with award-winning Tokyo-based designer Kenji Abe to create the first collection of Animal Word Puzzles. Focusing on today’s environmentally aware parents, Kando welcomed the opportunity to be a leader in eco-friendly toys made from sustainable and biobased materials.

After extensive research, Kando identified Tenite™ cellulosics from Eastman as the resin of choice for its premium line of toys.

“By specifying a plant-based bioplastic for our first toy collection, Kando became one of the first international toy brands to embrace eco-friendly materials,” said Martin Archer, Kando’s CEO.

While the designs are original and the concept is fresh, Kando valued the opportunity to work with an established and reputable global leader in engineering resins suitable for consumer products. Tenite, made with trees from renewable softwood forests, was introduced in 1929 and has been called the original modern thermoplastic. Working with the Eastman technical team in Singapore, Kando developed molding and processing for Tenite to make its eco-friendly toys, beginning with the African Wildlife series.

Kando is an Asian-based company with a global outlook. From headquarters in Hong Kong, Kando works with design team members in Tokyo, Taipei, New York City, Seoul and Hanoi. Its toys are manufactured in Vietnam.

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty business, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries and had 2016 revenues of approximately $9.6 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 15,000 people around the world.

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About Kando Concepts Ltd.
Kando Concepts Ltd. was established in Hong Kong in 2017 — Asian-based but with a global outlook. Kando is backed by one of Asia's largest original equipment manufacturers (OEM), with over 30 years of manufacturing experience producing toys for some of the most famous and respected international toy brands. The brand name is derived from the Japanese concept of kando, meaning "emotional attachment." Kando underscores the bond between parents and their children and the pleasure they gain from the playful interaction with quality toys. Taking a fresh, contemporary approach to toy design, Kando works with and supports up-and-coming toy design talent across Asia and beyond. Quality and safety are at the core of the design and manufacturing processes, and Kando is committed to sustainable manufacturing practices with a low environmental footprint. Substituting oil-based plastics with sustainable plant-based and biodegradable bioplastics is the priority for Kando’s new toy collections.

For more information, visit https://kandotoy.com.

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