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Market Share

KURALON

World Market Share: Number 1 Share 80%(Excluding China) *Kuraray estimate

KURALON is a syntheticfiber made from polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) resin. Kuraray is the world's first manufacturer to commercialize the fiber.Featuring high tenacity, low elongation, hydrophilic properties, excellent weatherability and alkali resistance, it plays a vital role in a wide array of industrial fields. Specifically, it is used as a cement reinforcement to replace asbestos, a concrete reinforcement,a raw material for alkaline batteryseparators and for the reinforcement of automobile hydraulic brake hoses, as well as in ropes and fishing nets.

KURALON K-II is a newtype fiber also made from PVA resin. Itis manufactured through the wet cooled-gel spinning method using organic solvent, and various high-tenacity types and water-soluble types are commercially available.

It is used as a raw material for separators that separate positive
and negative electrodes in alkaline batteries.