Kuraray Co. Ltd.
About the Company
Kurashiki Co. Ltd. started its business commercializing synthetic rayon in 1926. Decades later, they integrated into their portfolio the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) fiber and, in the 1960s, they independently developed and marketed the man-made leather CLARINO™. Since then, Kuraray commercialized synthetic isoprene chemical products, thermoplastic elastomer, among other things before becoming a specialty chemical global company in the 2000s.
CLARINO™ is a man-made leather with the structure and functionality of natural leather through the application of chemical technology. It is light, tough, flexible, and water-resistant, and it can be stamped, perforated, embossed, printed, laminated, and dyed in various colors.
CLARINO™ is made up of a highly dense complex structure of non-woven microfibers and high-performance resins, similar in strength to leather, but lighter.
Fashion, footwear, accessories., and automotive.
Selected Brand Partnerships
Clove (healthcare sneakers brand), Native Shoes, New Balance, Under Armour, Timberland, PUMA, and adidas.