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News Releases 2006

Walk Your Dinosaur!
Long-Life High-Tech "Strolling Supersaurus" Balloon On Sale
Giant Supersaurus added to "Strolling Balloon" Series

April 14, 2006
Kuraray Trading Co., Ltd.
Shinei Rubber Goods Mfg. Co., Ltd.

Strolling Supersaurus

On April 20, 2006, Shinei Rubber Goods Mfg. Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Sumida-ku, Tokyo) will introduce the Strolling Supersaurus, a new addition to S.A.G. Balloon Products' Strolling Balloon Series. The Strolling Supersaurus uses a long-life, high-tech balloon from Kuraray Trading Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chuo-ku, Osaka), which has the durability and buoyancy required to take it along on a stroll.

The Strolling Balloon Series includes dogs such as the Shiba Puppy and Corgi Puppy, a duck, and a star tortoise.

The Supersaurus, one of the biggest dinosaurs, was chosen for the Strolling Balloon series because its large size can be printed and manufactured in Japan. The finely tuned ability to replicate form and the use of printing techniques faithfully reproduces the immense size as well as the gentleness of the herbivorous dinosaur Supersaurus. This item is ideal for presents at all kinds of parties, birthdays, fairs, and other events and as an expressive ornament.

Dinosaurs have always been a craze among children of all ages, but The Gigantic Dinosaur Expo 2006 is being held this summer at Makuhari Messe (Mihama-ku, Chiba-pref) so an unprecedented upsurge in the dinosaur boom is anticipated.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. developed the long-life, high-tech balloon using a special film made from EVAL, a gas-impermeable material with broad applications in food packaging.

As Kuraray's long-life, high-tech balloons are impermeable even to tiny helium gas atoms, these balloons retain their buoyancy for approximately one week.

The Strolling Supersaurus

Product name Strolling Supersaurus (Gas capacity, 18 liters)
(Note: Includes a free air-inflatable dinosaur egg)
Size 114cm long, when inflated
Price ¥1,500 (Suggested retail price, exclusive of tax, inflated)
helium gas for re-inflation is sold separately, 8.6 liters for ¥800
(Suggested retail price, exclusive of tax).
Characteristics
  • (1) Remains inflated for approximately one week
  • (2) Beautiful surface sheen and pattern
  • (3) Currently the largest produced in Japan
Manufacturer Kuraray Trading Co., Ltd.
Marketer Shinei Rubber Goods Mfg. Co., Ltd.
Marketing channels Balloon retailers nationwide; Internet and mail order sales

Additional Information

Shinei Rubber Goods Mfg. Co., Ltd.

President Nobuhiko Yabe
Headquarters Higashi Komagata 1-9-11, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
Capital ¥10 million (as of March 31, 2006)
Business Manufacturing and sale of balloons

Kuraray Trading Co., Ltd.

President Tetsuzo Kimura
Headquarters Umeda 1-12-39, Kita-ku, Osaka
Capital ¥2.2 billion (Kuraray 100% as of March 31, 2006)
Business Trading company engaged in the sale of textile products, chemicals and chemical products, and medical machinery and equipment.