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UL94V-2 International Certification for Safety Acquired for FREEMAGIC Hook and Loop Fasteners;
Aiming for Global Expansion in the Electronic, Industrial Machinery and Automotive Fields

February 28, 2013
Kuraray Fastening Co., Ltd.
(Kuraray Group)

Kuraray Fastening Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kita-ku, Osaka; President: Takeshi Ueyama; hereinafter "Kuraray Fastening"), a Group subsidiary producing and selling MAGICTAPE hook and loop fasteners, announces that it acquired UL94V-2 safety certification pertaining to flame resistance for its FREEMAGIC fasteners from UL, an internationally recognized third-party testing and certification body. Drawing on the advantage of this certification, Kuraray Fastening will expand its marketing of FREEMAGIC worldwide in wide-ranging fields, including electronics, industrial machinery and automotives.

1. Background for Acquiring UL Certification

  • With both hooks and loops on the same side of the tape they are composed of, FREEMAGIC fasteners are unique and are widely used for such applications as equipment bundling. In recent years, FREEMAGIC users, particularly in Europe and the United States, have been increasingly demanding products with UL safety certifications as proof of meeting excellent safety standards.
  • Kuraray Fastening acquired UL94V-2 safety certification for FREEMAGIC in response to this demand, with the aim of expanding sales of this product for applications in such fields as electronics, industrial machinery and automotives as well as the aircraft and rolling stock industries.

2. Outline of the UL Certification Acquired

Product name and number FREEMAGIC, F9820Y. 00 FAR ULG
Certification name UL94V-2 (flame resistant property)
File number E357002

3. Outline of UL-Certified FREEMAGIC

Overview
  1. A hook and loop fastener made of polyester.
  2. Hooks and loops are both arrayed on one side of the tape.
  3. This construction allows FREEMAGIC fasteners to be self gripped on the same side of the tape, unlike conventional hook and loop fasteners. Accordingly, FREEMAGIC fasteners are suitable for such applications as cord bundling.
Applications Bundling wiring and cords that are installed in electronic equipment, industrial machineries, automobiles, aircraft and rolling stock, etc.
Sales target 500,000 meters (product width: 25mm) in the initial fiscal year following the acquisition of the certification

FREEMAGIC product lineup

An example of FREEMAGIC in use

  • * (FREEMAGIC and MAGICTAPE are registered trademarks of Kuraray.)

<Overview of UL>

UL (Underwriters Laboratories Inc.) is an independent testing and certification body established in the United States in 1894 with the aim of contributing to public safety. For more than a century, UL has helped ensure product safety in a range of industries, mainly through the formulation of product standards and the provision of testing and certification services based on such standards. The "UL" symbol has been recognized by a number of state and municipal governments in the United States and is trusted as a proof of quality and credibility by U.S. consumers. Also, approximately 70% of UL's safety standards have obtained the approval of the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and have been adopted as national standards in the United States.

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