July 10, 2008
Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Kuraray announces the decision to increase prices of its Japanese and overseas market-leading polyvinyl alcohol fibers KURALON and KURALON K-Ⅱ by ¥80 per kilogram respectively for both Japanese and overseas shipments commencing August 1, 2008. Six months have passed since the Company last increased product prices in February 2008.
Kuraray decided to implement these price revisions as a result of steep rises in raw materials and fuel costs caused by surging crude oil and naphtha prices. The Company was compelled to once again make the decision due to a continuing drop in business that has extended well beyond permissible limits and despite the effect from the previous price revision and its own reduction endeavors.
Target items for price revisions are KURALON, the Company's mainstay product sold in the Japanese and overseas markets for industrial applications, and KURALON K-Ⅱ high-strength solvent type and water-solvent type fibers.
KURALON is used as a reinforcing agent for cement as an alternative to asbestos. It is also employed for other industrial applications as a reinforcing fiber in materials including paper, nonwoven fabrics and rubber materials.
Kuraray will also increase prices for polyester staple fibers by ¥50 per kilogram for all shipments commencing August 1, 2008. Target products for price revisions are KRAFTER and other polyester staple fibers.
Kuraray's polyester staple fibers are used as raw stock in nonwoven fabrics, and as yarns and textiles in industrial materials such as thread and cloth.