Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito; hereinafter "Kuraray") hereby announces that CLARINO, a man-made leather it has been producing and marketing, has been chosen for the surface layer of V200W, the next official tournament model indoor volleyball produced by Mikasa Corporation (hereinafter "Mikasa") for use in international games sponsored by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Association (hereinafter "FIVB").
The V200W was unveiled to the general public on November 16, 2018 at the 36th FIVB World Congress held in Cancun, Mexico. Taking over from the MVA200, the model in use since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the V200W is slated to become the official tournament model indoor volleyball for the FIVB Volleyball World Cup scheduled for 2019 and other major FIVB-sponsored games to be held afterwards.
- Kuraray has long maintained partnership with Mikasa, with collaboration between the two companies dating back to 1967 when they began co-developing a surface material for volleyballs.
- In 2008, CLARINO, the result of the aforementioned co-development efforts, went on to be used in MVA200, the official tournament model volleyball designated by the FIVB.
- Designed for use in MVA200, CLARINO garnered a solid reputation as a volleyball surface material. Building on this success, CLARINO was named as a material for use in V200W, the upcoming model of the official tournament model volleyball to be used in the FIVB-sponsored games.
2.Features of CLARINO-Based Volleyball Surface
- A "double-layered cushioning structure" that combines a surface layer of foamed polyurethane and a nonwoven microfiber layer with a sponge-like texture, lends the resulting volleyball surface a distinctive softness to the touch and elasticity
- A "multi-pattern structure" due to dimple embossing and fine surface patterning helps stabilize the ball's trajectory
- The "Nano Balloon Silica" coating greatly enhances ball control by preventing slipperiness attributable to such factors as perspiration during the game
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