Kuraray Living Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka; President: Kiyoshi Kitagawa) has developed a new mouse pad material using the smooth feel of CLARINO man-made leather to reduce inadequate friction. Suede-finish mouse pads made from this material will be marketed by Elecom Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka; President: Junji Hada) from the beginning of July. These pads can be used not only with a ball-type mouse, but also with an optical wheel mouse, offering a superior feel and operability not available in previous products.

The newly developed material is made by treating the suede-finish surface of CLARINO man-made leather, produced by Kuraray Co., Ltd., with a special silicone. This reduces the coefficient of friction of previous suede finishes by approximately 30% (tested but not certified), and offers an extremely pleasant feel and quiet operation.

The bottom of the pad has an adhesive sheet to keep it from sliding while in use. The adhesive also allows the pad to be stuck to notebook PCs for handy portability.

New suede finish mouse pad material

Suede-finish Mouse Pad Developed.

Model nos MP-084BU·GY·BK·PU
Size 160mm x 140mm
Colors Navy blue, gray, black, purple
Availability Beginning of July 2004
Price Recommended retail price: ¥1,400 (consumption tax excluded)
Source Elecom Co., Ltd.
Outlets Electrical appliances volume retailers nationwide
Sales target ¥50 million