"Made in Japan Innovation" refers to products that were born from the traditions,
technologies and sensitivity of Japanese craftsmanship,
but that go far beyond the conventional "Made in Japan" level to please and excite global users.
For example, it reflects next-generation luggage that offers an eye-catching design sense, surprising lightness due to innovative technology, and vibrant beauty inside and out.
The world's highest quality is carefully preserved, while creating new products and unprecedented levels of reliability, made possible only with rich Japanese sensitivity.
With Proteca, "Made in Japan" advances to "Made in Japan Innovation" by attaining even higher levels of safety and security.
Four "Made in Japan Innovations" from Proteca
Made in Japan Durability.
"Made in Japan" Quality and Durability
The Akabira Factory in Hokkaido, which manufactures the world's only "Made in Japan" suitcases, has a history of more than 50 years of creating advanced suitcase technologies -- a task made possible only by the skills and techniques of Japanese craftsmen. This is carried out under stringent quality controls unique to Ace for the express purpose of further improving product quality.
The Ace Technical Institute (A.T.I.) was established to further improve quality and enhance technology. Here, world-level product quality is continuously pursued.
Made in Japan Technology.
Innovative Ideas and Advanced Functions with World-Leading Japanese Technology
Ace develops original functions that the world has never seen, by creating new technologies based entirely on the innovative thoughts of Japanese craftsmen. Proteca offers a host of advanced functions that represent the ultimate in "Made in Japan" features.
The newly developed Silent Caster® reduces the perceptive sound level of rolling noise by about 30％. Large, stable, quiet casters ensure smooth rolling with minimum effort, so you can roll your suitcase comfortably even in quiet places.
Unique, smooth-rolling BEARON WHEEL is inside of the wheels. In addition to the previous Silent function, the new wheels enable quick and easy turning. Highly durable chrome steel bearings minimize abrasive resistance.
Dual Open System (Patent Pending)
This unprecedented and innovative system was developed so that when you open one side of the luggage, the latch on the other side becomes a hinge. This is convenient when putting items in or taking them out, because you don't have to worry about the direction that the suitcase is facing.
The innovative 360°Open System allows the suitcase to be opened vertically or horizontally. This lets you easily take out small items in an airport or when moving from place to place, and also allows easy opening and closing in small rooms.
New Lightweight Air-Rim2® Structure
The new Air-Rim2® structure is amazingly light. The truss-shape plates allow the suitcase body to appropriately flex and absorb impacts. The Air-Rim2® offers light weight and excellent shape stability.
Casters with αGEL®
The caster mounting sections are equipped with αGEL®. αGEL® cushions impacts to the suitcase and provides a high vibration-insulating effect.
The caster stopper prevents the casters from moving inadvertently. It can be easily activated by pressing the button located near the handle. It is very useful in various situations, such as in a moving train, in an airport lobby with a slippery floor, or on a slope.
The ergonomic handle was developed jointly by the Ace Luggage Akabira Factory and the Chiba Institute of Technology from the viewpoint of human engineering. The bottom side of the grip is appropriately curved to fit your fingers naturally, thus preventing loss of balance when lifting the suitcase by the handle. The handle grip minimizes hand fatigue even when holding heavy luggage for a long period of time.
Handle Designed for 3-way Rolling
The handle is easy to hold whether you're rolling the suitcase on all four wheels, pulling it squarely on two wheels or pulling it sideways on two wheels. The top surface and sides, as well as corners, are designed for stress-free holding.
Antibacterial and Deodorizing Interior
The Copper Stopper® Jacquard interior fabric offers antibacterial and deodorizing effects. It helps dissipate unpleasant odors collected during traveling and suppresses mold growth during storage.
Hybrid Polycarbonate Resin
The hybrid resin composed of polycarbonate and ABS offers superb impact resistance and high durability.
The handle features an auto-return system so it returns to the original position when you release your hand from it.
Magnesium Alloy Frame
The frame is made of lightweight and tough 96% magnesium alloy. It boasts superb shape stability and withstands many years of use.
Wide Expandable System
The new wide expandable system offers a larger storage space and increased capacity. The slide panel feature on the inside allows smooth mode changing, and also maintains the body shape when expanded.
The LED light is activated by vibrations caused by the rolling of the suitcase. It enhances safety when moving in late afternoon and at night. Since the LED light is powered by vibration inertia, it does not require battery replacement, and is gentle to the environment.
Made in Japan Originality.
Distinctive Variations That Meet Virtually Every Need
Travelers have a wide range of needs in their luggage, including lightness, design and function. By clearly identifying the features of each product series, Ace is able to accurately meet these needs.
Which suitcase do you choose?
Made in Japan Beautyful Design.
Simple Yet Beautiful -- An Elegantly Refined Design
Suitcases that express originality in even the tiniest details, with a simple yet elegant beauty, are excellent traveling partners that you will appreciate more with every journey you take.