March 4, 2010
KURARAYKURAFLEX Co., Ltd.
SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
KURARAYKURAFLEX Co., Ltd., engaged in the manufacturing, processing and sale of nonwoven fabrics and nonwoven fabric products (Representative Director and President: Takashi Nakajima) and SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. Housing Company (President: Teiji Kouge) have jointly developed "THERMOBARRIER", sliding paper door sheets with superior heat insulation/heat barrier properties. A joint patent application for the new product is in process.
Initially seeking to expand applications for its special nonwoven fabric, FELIBENDY, by using a steam jet (high-speed steam heating) manufacturing process, KURARAYKURAFLEX commenced R&D into applications for components for use around openings in homes in collaboration with SEKISUI CHEMICAL Housing Technology Institute (hereinafter "Housing Technology Institute"). The research focused on FELIBENDY's superior capabilities, including heat insulation, translucency, texture and strength. Approximately two years later, "THERMOBARRIER" sheets for sliding doors were developed, targeting existing housing.
"THERMOBARRIER" will be showcased at the 16th annual ARCHITECTURE + CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS 2010exhibition, to be held at Tokyo Big Sight, starting March 9 (Kuraray booth number: AC5192).
Sales of "THERMOBARRIER" will commence on April 1, via the Harmonate Shopping Club,* which is managed by Sekisui Heim Supply Co., Ltd. This company supplies top-condition components (including door knobs and rollers) as well as refurbishing components used in Sekisui Heim residences. Harmonate Shopping Club is an online shopping service that sells products for everyday convenience and residential maintenance. This website is accessible to all, not just those who have purchased Sekisui Heim residences.
KURARAYKURAFLEX's FELIBENDY was the first fabric in the world to incorporate steam jet technology. By combining materials such as Kuraray’s proprietary EVOH fiber and various production applications, it is possible to produce a wide array of nonwoven fabrics. Nonwoven fabrics produced by processing EVOH under high pressure and temperature conditions make it possible to process FELIBENDY into thick boards.
Possessing a wide array of functions, including air permeability, sound and shock absorbency, heat insulation and elasticity, FELIBENDY is used in various applications-such as bandages, underwear, athletic supporters and automobile interiors-that take advantage of its unique properties.
Standing by its corporate motto of providing "environmentally friendly housing for safe and comfortable living for at least 60 years," SEKISUI CHEMICAL Housing Company has devoted itself specifically to the development of environmental technologies. Focusing on FELIBENDY's superior capabilities, SEKISUI CHEMICAL Housing Company-which develops environmentally friendly housing components-came together with KURARAYKURAFLEX, which sought to broaden applications for FELIBENDY, to commence the joint development of "THERMOBARRIER".
【Reference】Heat-Insulation Effect of "THERMOBARRIER", the New Sheet for Sliding Paper Doors
|Headquarters||Shin Hankyu Building, 1-12-39, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8611, Japan|
|Representative||Takashi Nakajima, Representative Director and President|
|Capital||¥ 100 million (wholly owned by Kuraray)|
|Established||April 1, 2005 (first established as Kuraray Chicopee Co., Ltd. in 1971)|
|Principal business||Manufacture, processing and sale of nonwoven fabrics and nonwoven fabric products|
|Headquarters||2-4-4 Nishitenma, Kita-ku, Osaka|
|Representative||Naofumi Negishi, Representative Director and President|
|Established||March 3, 1947|
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