Kuraraykuraflex Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Osaka; President: Mikihiro Hama) has developed water-permeable weed prevention sheets for agricultural and horticultural use which combine Kuraray's proprietary KURALON K-Ⅱ*-a high-strength fiber with hydrophilic properties-with a micro high-density, non-woven fabric. Product sales will begin on November 12. Kuraraykuraflex has developed the sheets to assist the growing of citrus fruits and other fruits and vegetables.
These water-permeable weed prevention sheets can be used for many years on earth in which farm crops are cultivated and to cover the spaces between rows of crops. The features of the sheet include: (1) water permeability for the swift penetration of water and fertilizer; (2) water retentiveness to control the evaporation of permeated soil moisture; (3) the capability to block sunlight (99% glare protection rate according to Kuraray's measurements) and thus prevent weed growth; (4) a heat shield capability to control any rise in soil temperature; (5) sufficient elasticity to enable easy fitting to uneven soil; and (6) a tear-resistant durability thanks to KURALON K-Ⅱ's high strength and high weather resistance. The sheets help reduce agricultural labor and promote efficiency by, for example, reducing the amount of weeding work in soil that has not been sprayed with herbicides, enabling the rapid cultivation of young trees, invigorating weak trees or shrubs and aiding crop growth from the ground up.
|Headquarters||Shin Hankyu Building |
1-12-39, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-8611 Japan
|No. of employees||130 (as of March 31, 2007)|
|Business activities||Manufacture, processing and sale of non-woven fabrics and non-woven fabric products|