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News Releases 2006

New Uniform for the 80th Anniversary of Kuraray's Founding

June 23, 2006
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray introduces new men's and women's uniforms for manufacturing plants and research centers and new women's uniform for the headquarters and administrative offices, using high-function, eco-friendly materials.

On June 24, 2006, as part of its program to mark the 80th anniversary of its establishment, Kuraray Co., Ltd. unveiled a new uniform design for male and female employees at manufacturing plants and research centers (approximately 5,300 people, including those in affiliated companies) and for female employees at the headquarters and administrative offices (approximately 300 people, including those in affiliated companies). Use of the new uniforms began on June 23, 2006. For the manufacturing plants and research centers, this is the first new uniform in 14 years, and for the headquarters and administrative offices, it is the first new uniform since April 2001.

The new uniforms use the Kuraray Group's original, highly functional, eco-friendly materials and take full advantage of Kuraray's advanced know-how in textiles, design, color, ease-of-wear and sewing. The design was selected from among several by a vote submitted on the Company's intranet by the employees to be affected. The uniforms chosen reflect employee wishes for a uniform to their liking-one that is most appropriate for working in-a uniform that they want to wear, rather than one they have to wear. Maternity wear is also being produced in these materials for manufacturing plants and research centers.

Uniforms for Manufacturing Plants and Research Centers

1. Features (Kuraray's original material throughout)

  • (1) Uses material recycled from PET bottles
  • (2) By-product does not use solvent, but uses the eco-friendly hook and loop fastner
  • (3) Shirts use ultra-violet filter, keeping them cool and fresh

2. Range

Combination blouson, shirts, slacks, skirts, and matching caps

3. Design Features

Blouson (In blue and earth-green two-tone color)
  • Sleeves have a fastener attachment to the shoulder section and can therefore be removed to create a comfortable working vest.
  • The waist has a rubber draw-cord, allowing the wearer to adjust the interior temperature of the blouson.
  • A MAGIC TAPE fastener on the surface of the collar makes it easy to stand the collar up to protect against the wind and preserve warmth.
  • Finished in male-female unisex size.
Shirts (light blue)
  • Available in both long and short sleeves in women's and men's unisex size.
  • The collar is neat, button-down style, so can be worn without a tie.
Slacks and skirts (Khaki)
  • Elasticized waist adjustment allows for "just-right fit."
  • Can be worn casually by changing color with the blouson.

4. Materials

Blouson Kuraray's original fabric produced from recycled PET bottles
Hook and loop fastener of eco-friendly MAGIC TAPE
Shirts Made from Kuraray's original fabric produced from recycled PET bottles
ultra-violet filtering keeps cool and fresh
Slacks and Skirt Made from Kuraray's original fabric produced from recycled PET bottles.

the headquarters and administrative offices

For fall and winter seasons the manufacturing plants and research centers

For spring and summer seasons the manufacturing plants and research centers

Uniform for Headquarters and Administrative Offices

1. Features

  • Uses Kuraray's original eco-friendly SOPHISTA fabric. Does not exude toxic fumes even if burnt. The ethylene-vinyl alcohol co-polymer fabric is gentle on the skin.
  • Uses Kuraray's original high-function SHINE-UP fabric, with photocatalyst reaction and chemical absorption. It provides double the level of odor suppression.
  • Kuraray supports the MOTTAINAI campaign started by the Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai and will contribute to the continuation of the Green Belt Movement forestation project.

2. Range

Combination, all-season blouse, vest, skirt, and necktie

3. Design Features

Blouse (pale pink)
Pale pink color and rounded collar give an image of freshness. Available in long and short-sleeves versions.
Vest and Skirt (dark blue with purple stripes)
  • Vest is a four-button, single-breasted uncluttered design.
  • The skirt is flared to an A-line, allowing unencumbered movement.
Necktie (wine-red check, with dark blue and yellow dots)
A ribbon-type short necktie with an active image.

4. Materials

Blouse Uses Kuraray's breathable ethylene-vinyl alcohol co-polymer fabric SOPHISTA. The fabric always provides a pleasant, cool sensation and helps to keep the skin supple.
Vest and skirt Uses Kuraray's original high-function SHINE-UP fabric, with photocatalyst reaction and chemical absorption. It offers double the level of odor suppression.
This effect is maintained even after repeated washes because the inorganic complex has been included in the yarn.