Kuraray Plastics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka, President: Katsuhiko Kishi) has developed two types of heat shield tarpaulin sheet (white opaque and semi-transparent) that effectively reduce solar heat and thus heat under cover, for instance inside tents. Sales will commence from July 2007. The sheet applications range from interior-related products such as indoor blinds to construction sites and farms as well as resort and event facilities.
Heat shield tarpaulin is a laminated sheet consisting of polyester fabric sandwiched between films that reflect the sunlight's near-infrared rays and thus reduce the amount of heat that penetrates inside. Furthermore, the sheet displays a superior heat shield effect by curbing the rise in temperature of the sheet itself. Both white opaque and semi-transparent types are capable of reducing the temperature rise by around 5℃ compared with other general Kuraray Plastics tarpaulin sheet.
Both types are durable thanks to the cancellous structure of the basic fabric, but the semi-transparent rough mesh type enables it to have see-through, natural lighting qualities that keep interiors such as those in tents brighter than the white opaque type.
Last year, Kuraray Plastics developed in succession two eco-friendly tarpaulin sheets: one consisting of a combination of inorganic components that dramatically reduces the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated during the waste incineration process, the other made from plant-derived resin. As the third in the series, this heat shield tarpaulin appeals for its eco-friendly properties in combating the heat-island phenomenon, while naturally saving energy and cutting costs by reducing the need for lighting and air conditioning.
|White opaque type||94cm wide × 50m long; 0.58mm thick; weight 600g / m²|
|Semi-transparent type||185cm wide × 50m long; 0.15mm thick; weight 240g / m²|
|White opaque type||¥2,000 - ¥2,500 / m²|
|Semi-transparent type||¥1,000 - ¥1,200 / m²|
|First year||¥50 million|
|third year||¥300 million|
|Headquarters||Shin-Hankyu Building, 1-12-39 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8611, Japan|
|No. of employees||194 (as of March 31, 2007)|
|Business activities||Manufacture, processing and sale of rubber and plastic hoses and molded products, water and sewage pipes, laminated products, and SEPTON compounds and molded materials|