Exhibit at the NW Materials Show 2024 in the United States Introducing Environmentally friendly and Highly Functional Materials for Apparel and Sports Goods Applications | kuraray


Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hitoshi Kawahara) will exhibit at the NW Materials Show 2024, a major trade show to be held in the United States from January 31, 2024, in Portland, Oregon. This event is aimed at connecting material suppliers with apparel and sports brands. Kuraray will be exhibiting its environmentally friendly and highly functional materials for apparel and sporting goods based on the concept of a “Sustainable future with Kuraray.”

1.Exhibition Products

Cellulose acetate fiber (under development) A solvent-free marine biodegradable acetate fiber created utilizing our proprietary melt-spinning method. GHG emissions during manufacturing are low compared to typical methods employing organic solvents, helping reduce environmental impact.
Syndiotactic polystyrene (SPS) fiber A fiber that has an excellent texture when dry and dries approximately 1.8 times more quickly than polyester according to internal tests. Thanks to the elimination of the requirement for an additional water-repellent treatment in its manufacture, negative effects on the environment of the processing agent used are low.
Shock-absorbing fiber A fiber that has 1.4 times more shock absorbency than polyester according to internal tests. It is garnering attention as material for sports shoes.
Mesh films made using
thermoplastic elastomers
Thermoplastic elastomers with vibration dampening properties. Combining them with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) can be expected to have such positive effects as vibration control and texture adjustment.
liquid crystal polymer fiber
A high-strength fiber that counts low moisture absorbency and dimensional stability among its characteristics. It can be used in ripstop fabric*, which requires durability, and can be colored through spin-dyeing.
hook-and-loop fastener
Molded mesh type
A hook-and-loop fastener with a mesh base fabric. It is lightweight and has excellent air permeability. It can be used on shoes and daily use products and accommodates advanced designs.
hook-and-loop fastener
Recycled type
A hook-and-loop fastener made of 100% polyester that includes recycled raw material. No back coating agent is used, allowing for material recycling. It has acquired RCS certification.

* Ripstop fabric: A fabric with a reinforced lattice structure that is highly resilient to rupturing

2.Exhibition Overview

Name The NW Materials Show 2024
Date and time* January 31, 2024 (Wed.) 9:00 to 17:00 and February 1, 2024 (Thur.) 9:00 to 16:00
Venue The Oregon Convention Center (Oregon, United States)
Booth 721
Official website https://americanevents.com/

* Pacific Standard Time (North America)