October 29, 2015
Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito) hereby announces that the Company has developed a new variation of CLARINO, a man-made leather it has been marketing for 50 years. Having met the difficult challenge of creating a man-made leather with a texture akin to that of the natural product, Kuraray plans to introduce this latest product targeting the high fashion field in spring 2016.
Over the nearly half century since its release in November 1965, CLARINO has garnered favorable customer reviews. The enduring strength of this product’s popularity is, we believe, attributable to its world-leading performance, which encompasses superior physical properties, including durability and a comparatively lighter weight. As we embark on the milestone year marking CLARINO’s 50th anniversary, we are renewing our commitment to taking on the challenge of realizing further innovation. Under the newly formulated product theme “Re Create,” we will strive to develop next-generation product lines capable of accommodating requirements for environment-friendly manufacturing processes while offering superior moldability, a texture that is even more akin to natural leather and suitability for use in the high-fashion field.
CLARINO is Kuraray’s trademarked man-made leather. Employing a unique chemical process, Kuraray became the first in the world to develop a man-made leather with a structure that closely resembles the complex structure of natural leather (animal skin). Since it is strong, lightweight and easy to care for, CLARINO is widely used for men’s and women’s footwear, Randoseru (school bags), business bags and camera cases as well as sports equipment, including shoes, balls and gloves that require superior strength and functionality. Moreover, the product lineup includes abrasive cloths and decorative materials. Kuraray has also developed TIRRENINA, a man-made leather produced using an environment-friendly manufacturing process. With its appearance and texture being more like natural leather than its competitors, TIRRENINA boasts the greater functionalities that only man-made leather can provide. Looking ahead, Kuraray will help the man-made leather market grow as a leading manufacturer in this product category.
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