History of Kurabo's Business

In its approximately 130-year history, Kurabo has expanded from its textile-making technologies to a wide range of Business Fields. Our chemical products business uses proprietary resin processing technology to produce housing construction materials and automotive materials. Our electronics business has expanded to include technologies for automation of color control in the dyeing process, color management, and inspection and measuring devices. In addition, we are active in fields including engineering, biomedical, food, and services. Kurabo's business is behind the scenes making every aspect of people's lives better.


Kurabo Spinning Works founded

Launches textile business

Kurabo was founded as a spinning company in Kurashiki, Okayama, starting a new industry there. It blended various kinds of raw cotton from around the world to provide cotton yarn of consistent quality. It also established a technique for spinning low-count yarn ideal for heavy fabrics, and it became among the first companies in Japan to develop denim material.


Enters polyurethane market

Launches chemical products business

Since Kurabo was already selling mattress fabric, it also began handling flexible polyurethane foam when this material started being used for bedding overseas. Eventually, Kurabo would also enter the market for housing construction material, making rigid polyurethane foam to meet increasing demand for housing insulation.

1962Launches food and services business


Develops flue gas desulfurization system

Launches engineering business

To solve the problem of wastewater from its plants, Kurabo developed a system to neutralize alkaline wastewater by blending in acidic flue gas. This process also desulfurizes the flue gas. Since then, Kurabo has applied its technologies to the development of environmental plant facilities such as those for waste gas and wastewater processing, incineration, and biomass boilers.


Enters information technology market

Launches electronics business

Color control affects the quality of dyeing. To control color at its increasingly high-tech dyeing factories, Kurabo took color control technology, which accurately calculates the dye recipe and amount, and developed it into the CCM (computer color matching) system. Kurabo soon went on to apply its development prowess to inspection, measurement, and information processing technologies.


Enters bio-research filter market

Launches biomedical business

Efforts at the Technical Research Laboratory led to the birth of the sterilized filter. Demands for automated laboratory equipment in genetic research-related fields grew, and Kurabo responded by developing an automated nucleic acid isolation system. This product was lauded as one of the three most important pieces of equipment in the gene analysis field.

1987Launches real estate business