China condom maker beats Japan and sets the Guinness World Record for the thinnest condom at 0.0014 inches, but is it just as effective as a standard condom? The race to create the world’s thinnest condom was won by China as it now holds the Guinness World Record at 0.0014 inches (in.), while Japan falls 0.0002 in. shy at 0.0016 in. in a battle where size does matter. Chinese technology has made it possible to create an ultra-light prophylactic that is thinner than a strand of human hair (0.0039 in.). The AONI brand condom, manufactured by Guangzhou Daming United Rubber Products company, is mainly sold in mainland China where the company produces 200 million condoms per year.
“The previous record-holder was Okamoto. Their thinnest condom had a thickness of 0.038mm,” Charles Wharton, records manager of Guinness World Records’ Greater China division, told the Associated Foreign Press at a press conference. The AONI condom easily toppled Trojan’s Ultra Thin condom, which has the average diameter of human hair, and narrowly beat Japan’s Okamoto condom. Both of these products show to be ahead of Western contraceptive technology.
The Japanese condoms, manufactured by Sagami Rubber Industries company, were launched in Tokyo at $12 for a box of five units, and flew off the shelves in December. Prior to their former world record, the Japanese condom company was the first to create a color condom, and set a previous thinness standard when they released a 0.0007 in. version in 2005, The Huffington Post reported.
After a decade of research, Sagami held the record for the world’s thinnest condom, but researchers wanted to explore the possibility of formulating an even thinner condom. “Honestly, I don’t know how we can make them thinner than this,” a Sagami researcher told Tokyo Sports, Kotaku.com reported, “but as long as there is a need for thinner, we will continue researching 0.009 millimeter and 0.008 millimeter thinness condom”