Kuraray Europe GmbH

Philipp-Reis-Str. 4 , 65795 Hattersheim
Germany

Telephone +49 69 30585300
Fax +49 69 30585399
info.de@kuraray.eu

This company is main exhibitor of

Trade fair hall

  • Hall 7a / D06
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Hall map

K 2016 hall map (Hall 7a): stand D06

Fairground map

K 2016 fairground map: Hall 7a

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.002  Acetal polymerblends

Acetal polymerblends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.003  Acrylic glass (s. PMMA)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.009  Barrier plastics
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.01  Bioplastics, biobased

Bioplastics, biobased

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.02  Bioplastics, biologically degradable

Bioplastics, biologically degradable

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.10  Bioplastics, starch based
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.12  Compounds/Blends

Compounds/Blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.021  Dry blend

Dry blend

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.030  Ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymers (E/VAL)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.032  Granulates

Granulates

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.035  Optical polymers

Optical polymers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.038  Pastes

Pastes

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.043  Polyamides blends
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.088  Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and copolymers (s. acrylic glass)

Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and copolymers (s. acrylic glass)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.093  Polypropylene

Polypropylene

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.101  Polyvinyl acetal (PVAL)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.103  Polyvinyl alcohol (PVAL)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.115  Prepregs, thermoplastic

Prepregs, thermoplastic

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.118  Impact modifier
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.001  Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV

Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.008  SBS-Teleblockpolymer
  • 01.02.008.01  Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.008  SBS-Teleblockpolymer
  • 01.02.008.02  Styrenic block copolymers SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S (pure polymers)
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.012  SEBS-Blockcopolymer

SEBS-Blockcopolymer

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.013  TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material

TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.014  Other thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.005  High-grade-resins

High-grade-resins

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.03  Resins and compounds
  • 01.03.038  Prepregs, general

Prepregs, general

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.001  Acrylic rubber (ACM)

Acrylic rubber (ACM)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.004  Butadiene rubber (BR)

Butadiene rubber (BR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.010  Cis-01,04-polybutadiene (BR)

Cis-01,04-polybutadiene (BR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.011  Cis-01,04-polyisoprene (IR)

Cis-01,04-polyisoprene (IR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.013  Ethylene/propylene terpolymers (EPDM)

Ethylene/propylene terpolymers (EPDM)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.05  Rubbers
  • 01.05.026  Styrene/butadiene rubber (SBR)

Styrene/butadiene rubber (SBR)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.06  Synthetic fibres, bristels, tapes
  • 01.06.006  Polyamide fibres

Polyamide fibres

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.06  Synthetic fibres, bristels, tapes
  • 01.06.007  Polyester fibres

Polyester fibres

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.06  Synthetic fibres, bristels, tapes
  • 01.06.011  Polyvinyl alcohol fibres
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.002  Binders
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.007  Rubber to Metal Bonding Agents or Primers and Bonding Agents for Rubber to Metal (bonding agent or adhesive systems)

Rubber to Metal Bonding Agents or Primers and Bonding Agents for Rubber to Metal (bonding agent or adhesive systems)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.008  Pressure sensitive adhesives

Pressure sensitive adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.009  Heat sealing adhesives

Heat sealing adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.012  Solvent-based adhesives

Solvent-based adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.016  Two-pack adhesives

Two-pack adhesives

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.08  Adhesives and glues
  • 01.08.017  Hot melt adhesives
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.09  Paint resins
  • 01.09.026  Polyvinyl alcohols (PVAL)

Polyvinyl alcohols (PVAL)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.09  Paint resins
  • 01.09.027  Polyvinyl butyrals

Polyvinyl butyrals

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.002  Additives, other
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.008  Aluminium powders/ -pastes

Aluminium powders/ -pastes

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.024  Binders

Binders

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.038  Dispersing agents

Dispersing agents

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.052  Flexibilisers

Flexibilisers

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.059  Adhesives
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.126  Plasticiser
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.12  Reinforcing fibres, -materials
  • 01.12.005  Self-reinforcing fibres
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.12  Reinforcing fibres, -materials
  • 01.12.021  Polyimide fibres

Polyimide fibres

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.036  Polymerization auxiliaries

Polymerization auxiliaries

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.038  Polyols

Polyols

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.13  Starting materials, intermediate, polymerisation auxiliaries
  • 01.13.040  Raw materials
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.002  Decorative films
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.003  Printing inks

Printing inks

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.011  Anticorrosive effect

Anticorrosive effect

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.012  Paints, coatings

Paints, coatings

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.021  Special ceramic products
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.14  Others
  • 01.14.024  Composite materials
  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.001  Parts made by blow moulding

Parts made by blow moulding

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.002  Products made by extrusion

Products made by extrusion

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.01  Processing technologies
  • 02.01.010  Parts made by injection moulding

Parts made by injection moulding

  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.03  Supplying
  • 02.03.013  Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances
  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.04  Product groups
  • 02.04.002  Films
  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.007  Coatings
  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.031  Hot melt films
  • 02  Semi-finished products,parts and reinforced plastics
  • 02.05  Products
  • 02.05.068  Technical films

Our products

Product category: Ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymers (E/VAL)

HYBRAR (Thermoplastic Elastomer, TPE)

HYBRAR is a polymer that has superior shock-absorbing capabilities, making it suitable for use in sports shoes, tennis rackets, and automotive components. Further, combining it with polypropylene results in a highly transparent material, and we are promoting its use, as a non-chlorine vinyl material that does not produce dioxins, in the packaging of foods and in areas of the medical industry.

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA)

Methacrylic resin sheets

Methacrylic resin has the highest transparency and weather resistance of any plastic. For these characteristics, methacrylic resin sheets are used to make signboards, displays, large tanks for aquarium facilities, substrates for light -guide plates for liquid crystal displays (LCDs), and front panels for televisions and computer monitors.

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA), Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and copolymers (s. acrylic glass)

Methacrylic resin

Featuring superior transparency, weather ability, abrasion resistance, and a bright luster, methacrylic resin is used in a variety of industry segments for such applications as automobile components (for example, tail lamp covers, door visors and meter covers), optical goods, light electrical equipment and daily sundries. Recently, demand has increased rapidly for methacrylic resin, particularly for such products as the light guides used in liquid crystal backlighting devices in the optical goods segment.

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA)

Parapure IT Grade

PARAPURE™ is Kuraray’s unique acrylic film which shows the most of acrylic original transparency and flexibility. It has three grades: JS, HI and IT.

The IT grade has high transparency and smooth surface. It is suitable for such as metallic or piano-black decoration films, and optical films.

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Product category: Bioplastics, biobased

Liquid Farnese Rubber (LFR)

Global demand for liquid is currently expanding, mainly for use in vehicle tires. Aiming to bolster our lineup of liquid rubber products, the Kuraray Group has focused its attention on new biomaterials. We recently developed a new material, liquid farnesene rubber (LFR), through an alliance with U.S. biotech company Amyris, Inc.

LFR will join liquid isoprene rubber and liquid butadiene rubber in the product lineup of our liquid rubber business. However, LFR uses a biomaterial derived from sugarcane, setting it apart from existing products.

Compared to isoprene or butadiene liquid rubber, LFR minimizes the rolling resistance. When added to the rubber compound for tires, LFR helps bind the molecules of the rubber and fillers. This reduces energy loss from shape deformation and friction, which improves fuel efficiency.

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Product category: Bioplastics, biologically degradable, Bioplastics, starch based

PLANTIC™ biopolymers. From nature, for our future

Kuraray acquired Plantic Technologies Ltd. of Australia in 2015.  EVAL™ EVOH is used to provide food packaging with barrier properties, reducing environmental impact through versatile optimised structure design. PLANTIC™ is itself composed of up to 80% renewable materials, and used primarily for high barrier trays and skin packs. This ready-to-use structure offers a direct reduction in the food packaging material's environmental footprint.

Not just another biopolymer
PLANTIC™ has achieved a unique place in the world market for biopolymers through proprietary technology that delivers biodegradable and renewable sourced alternatives to conventional plastics based on special varieties of corn (maize).  Sources are not GMO, and do not compete with food sources.

Unlike other bioplastics companies who utilise organic materials but whose polymers are still developed in refineries, PLANTIC™'s polymer as well as its raw material, are grown in a field. The entire process integrates in a completely new way the science of organic innovation with commercial and industrial productivity. The result is both a broad range of immediate performance and cost advantages, and long-term environmental and sustainability benefits.

PLANTIC™ HP is a fully biodegradable high barrier biopolymer that forms the core of all PLANTIC™ products.  Rolls of PLANTIC™ HP sheet can be thermoformed to make trays, used notably for packaging chocolates.  After use, these trays can be composted industrially or at home; in fact, the PLANTIC™ HP biopolymer dissolves when immersed in water.

Putting biopolymers to work
For food packaging, the core layer of PLANTIC™ HP obviously requires some protection from moisture. Depending on the customer needs, outer skins and sealing layers of conventional PET and PE can be added, protecting the PLANTIC™ HP core.  Thus shielded, the PLANTIC™ HP takes on an entirely new role: high gas barrier layer.

The resulting structure provides outstanding gas barrier properties, notably for thermoformed MAP trays.  These barrier properties seal the MAP gas mixture inside the package, maintaining the optimal MAP gas mixture, and thus extend the shelf life of the packaged food.  The effective barrier properties for the entire package are provided by the PLANTIC™HP core, which typically composes up to 80% of the total materials used.

Different ready-to-use grades of PLANTIC™ sheet have been created by combining different skin layers with the PLANTIC™ HP core:

PLANTIC™ E, PLANTIC™ R, PLANTIC™ RE, PLANTIC™ ES and  PLANTIC™ EF represent the company’s flagship products for rigid and flexible packaging on traditional thermoforming equipment.  All of these products are a direct replacement for conventional polymers.  When compared with oil based products an independent assessment found that PLANTIC™ requires up to 40% less energy and provides a reduction in greenhouse gases by up to 70%.

PLANTIC™ R a fully recyclable high barrier product is being used extensively for red meat applications. PLANTIC™ R seals to most traditional PET based top webs. This rigid product runs on all traditional thermoforming equipment  and gives the producer the opportunity to down gauge even while achieving a higher barrier performance and stronger pack presentation.

PLANTIC™ is supplying major supermarket customers on three continents for MAP  applications such as fresh case ready beef, pork, lamb and veal, smoked and processed meats, chicken, fresh pasta  and cheese applications.  Food waste is successfully limited by maintaining the MAP gas mixture, extending shelf life. 

Now being developed is a new range of more flexible materials with the same environmental and performance characteristics as rigid based structures. These flexible options are already proving already to be a preferred choice for many consumers, retailers and processors.  Included is PLANTIC™ for easy peel skin pack, available in a wide variety of colours and textures, with the ability to seal to PET and PE top webs.

Although they are not EVAL™ EVOH products, PLANTIC™ is commercialised by Kuraray's EVAL Division, including the EVAL Europe N.V. site in Antwerp, Belgium.

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Product category: Compounds/Blends, Parts made by blow moulding, Products made by extrusion

MOWIFLEX™

MOWIFLEX is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on polyvinyl alcohol. It can be processed using conventional plastic processing technology, such as extrusion or injection molding. The applications of MOWIFLEX include the manufacturing of a broad range of water soluble objects, such as packaging, 3D printing filaments or degradable oilfield tools (frac balls and plugs). Especially in the field of 3D printing water soluble support structures based on MOWIFLEX enable the generation of unprecedented geometries. MOWIFLEX can not only be used as a single compound, but also as an additive to other plastics, such as polyamides in order to enhance their permeability for application in smokable sausage casings. MOWIFLEX grades are available with various dissolution characteristics and melt viscosities to fit the requirements of your application. MOWIFLEX is non-toxic and can be easily disposed as it undergoes biodegradation in conventional waste water treatment.

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Product category: Ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymers (E/VAL), Barrier plastics

KURARISTER™ retortable transparent high barrier films

KURARISTER™ retortable transparent high barrier films

KURARISTER™ is a retortable high barrier and transparent film made exclusively by Kuraray Co. Ltd. of Japan. Used notably for stand-up pouches or lid film, its high performance offers a clear alternative to aluminium.

Thanks to its polymeric barrier coating, KURARISTER has excellent flex-crack and pinhole resistance, and is compatible with metal detectors. The barrier coating can be easily reverse printed with eye-catching graphics, with no effect on the barrier properties.

KURARISTER™ CF is a 12µm polyester film, coated with a special barrier layer developed by Kuraray. The thin but extremely durable coating layer displays gas-barrier properties that are significantly better than standard PET film before and after retort. Using the latest cutting-edge KURARISTER™ technology, CF also provides excellent water vapour barrier performance.

KURARISTER™ C is also based on a 12µm polyester film, coated with a special barrier layer developed by Kuraray. Gas barrier performance is significantly better than standard PET film before and after retort, but with similar water vapour barrier performance.

KURARISTER™ N is a 15µm oriented polyamide (OPA) film, coated with a special barrier layer developed by Kuraray. The thin but extremely durable coating layer has gas barrier properties that are significantly better than standard OPA film before and after retort. Using KURARISTER™ N's OPA-like mechanical strength, it is possible to make two-ply stand-up pouch structures, saving costs. The resulting easy-to-print high barrier pouch keeps its transparency and barrier properties even after high-temperature sterilisation.

Though not an EVOH barrier product, KURARISTER™ is promoted in Europe/Middle East/Africa and the Americas by the EVAL™ EVOH Business Unit.

KURARISTER™ is a registered trademark of Kuraray Co. Ltd.

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Product category: Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

amaretta™ easy wear, easy care with the world’s finest non-woven microfibre

Kuraray processes and sells the world`s finest microsuede specialities for use in various highly innovative fields: garment, furniture, shoe, accessories, automotive and high-tech. Numerous finishes enable a wide range of premium products. Finest quality of polyamide/polyurethane as well as polyester/polyurethane in assorted colors and designs for enhanced products.

Discover Kuraray: "easy wear, easy care" the preferred choice of market leaders!

Although, a single amarettaTM microfibre is 4,000 times finer than a human hair, the non-woven fabric exhibits a great tear resistance and is highly durable. Other benefits include the uniform appearance and texture, good crease-resistance and water-resistance. These properties promote the use of amarettaTM for a wide range of sophisticated applications. Interior furnishing benefit from amaretta’sTM natural feel and fineness, its breathability and longevity. amaretta’sTM unique properties make garments durable, water-repellent, even washable, and of course exceedingly comfortable. Water spots vanish and leave no trace after a light rubbing or brushing. amarettaTM remains elastic and soft and is ,therefore, an ideal material for high fashion apparel. This innovative microfibre puts the finishing touches on the most cutting-edge devices, turning them into individual and fashionable accessories for successful cosmopolitans.

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Product category: Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

CLARINO Man-made leathers

Kuraray processes and sells the world`s finest microsuede specialities for use in various highly innovative fields: garment, furniture, shoe, accessories, automotive and high-tech. Numerous finishes enable a wide range of premium products. Finest quality of polyamide/polyurethane as well as polyester/polyurethane in assorted colors and designs for enhanced products.

Discover Kuraray: "easy wear, easy care" the preferred choice of market leaders!

This fine leather-look fabric is made of polyamide or polyester microfibres impregnated with polyurethane resin and can be processed to give a variety of surface structures. It can be stamped, perforated, embossed, printed and laminated. ClarinoTM fabrics are produced without fluorinated hydrocarbons and do not contain any environmentally harmful additives. The high-end manufacturing process allows for improved yields and unsurpassed consistency in quality. Thanks to its very fine structures it can be treated with traditional methods used by tanneries. ClarinoTM suede type man-made leather is characterized by being light-weight and highly durable at the same time. Furthermore, it can be dyed in almost any colour and is ideally suited for the use in consumer electronics, diverse sporting goods as well as a wide range of fashion, shoes and accessories.

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Product category: Polyvinyl alcohol fibres, Self-reinforcing fibres

VECTRAN™ - High-strength polyarylate fiber

VECTRAN™ is Kuraray’s high-performance multifilament yarn spun from liquid crystal polymer. The fibre is five times stronger than steel and offers a unique combination of outstanding properties. It is the fibre of choice where others fail to meet performance requirements. VECTRAN™ is used to make rope, fishing nets, industrial fabrics and many other products.

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Product category: Polyvinyl alcohol fibres

KURALON

Kuraray was first to commercialize synthetic fibers made from poval resin. KURALON displays high tenacity, low elongation, hydrophilic properties, weather resistance, and alkali resistance, and is used in a broad spectrum of industrial applications. KURALON is used as a cement and concrete reinforcing agent in place of asbestos, in alkaline battery separators, as a reinforcing agent in rubber, and to make rope and fishing nets. Applications: – FRC (fiber reinforced cement and concrete) – FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) – paper and rubber material – rope, fishing nets – alkaline battery separators – agriculture material

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Product category: Polyvinyl alcohol fibres

KURALON K-II

KURALON K-II is a new type of synthetic fiber based on a new wet cooled-gel spinning process developed by Kuraray. Made from poval resin, KURALON K-II is available in a strong type and a water soluble type. It has the strength, low elongation, and alkali resistance, and is used as a special cement reinforcing agent, as a reinforcing material in the spinning of natural fibers, and in water soluble non-woven fabrics. Applications: – ECC (engineered cementitious composites) – FRC (fiber reinforced cement and concrete) – FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) – industrial materials – reinforcing material for spinning – water soluble non-woven fabrics

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Product category: Cis-01,04-polybutadiene (BR), Cis-01,04-polyisoprene (IR), Rubber to Metal Bonding Agents or Primers and Bonding Agents for Rubber to Metal (bonding agent or adhesive systems), Pressure sensitive adhesives, Hot melt adhesives, Adhesives, Plasticiser, Coatings

Kuraray Liquid Rubber BR / IR

Kuraray Liquid Rubber (K-LR) includes Liquid Isoprene Rubber (LIR) and Liquid Butadiene Rubber (LBR). These high-viscosity synthetic rubbers are based on isoprene, butadiene and styrene. They are colorless, transparent and almost entirely odorless, with low VOC’s.

Kuraray’s liquid rubber grades function as reactive plasticizers but have far higher molecular weight than normal plasticizers. They are co-vulcanizable and reduce migration significantly which improves the product’s shelf life.

Using K-LR during the rubber compounding phase significantly reduces processing time, while maintaining the rubber compounds’ physical properties. This results in a product with lower processing costs.

The functionalized grades can be bonded to a wide variety of matrices for improved performance.

Common applications include tires, belts, hoses and other rubber goods. In addition, K-LR is used to produce high performance coatings, adhesives and sealants.

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Product category: Impact modifier, Styrenic block copolymers SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S (pure polymers), Films

HYBRAR (Thermoplastic Elastomer, TPE)

HYBRAR is a polymer that has superior shock-absorbing capabilities, making it suitable for use in sports shoes, tennis rackets, and automotive components. Further, combining it with polypropylene results in a highly transparent material, and we are promoting its use, as a non-chlorine vinyl material that does not produce dioxins, in the packaging of foods and in areas of the medical industry.

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Product category: Ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymers (E/VAL), Barrier plastics

Exceval and Kuraray POVAL

Exceval and Kuraray POVAL are polyvinyl alcohol that are used as protective colloids for polymerization processes. For emulsion polymerization, Exceval is a novel water soluble ethylene modified polyvinyl alcohol which provides excellent water resistance of the finished dispersion as well as a good solution stability. For suspension polymerization the adequate combination of Mowiol and Kuraray Poval polyvinyl alcohol will allow an excellent control of the particle size and porosity of the final grains.

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Product category: Polyvinyl acetal (PVAL), Polyvinyl alcohol (PVAL), Binders, Additives, other, Special ceramic products

ISOBAM copolymer of isobutylene and maleic anhydride

Water soluble polymer

ISOBAM™ is the trade name of an alternative copolymer of isobutylene and maleic anhydride developed by KURARAY using their POVAL® (polyvinyl alcohol) technology. ISOBAM™ is an alkaline water soluble polymer with outstanding characteristics which have never been acquired by conventional water soluble polymers such as polyvinyl alcohol and cellulose derivatives.

ISOBAM™ is a white powder in appearance. It is generally used as a water soluble polymer reacting with sodium hydroxide, ammonia and amine. Various useful reactants are obtained by the reaction of ISOBAM™ with alcohol, amine and epoxy compounds.

Standard types

-       ISOBAM™ 04, 06, 10, 18, 600
-       Protective colloid of polymerizing emulsion
-       Emulsion type of adhesive for wood and papers
-       Water based binders for ceramic powders
-       Binder for glass and fiber
-       Lubricant for forging and casting
-       Hardening agent for steel
-       Soluble in alkaline water
-       Scale inhibitor
-       Dispersing agent for pesticide

Amide-ammonium types

-       ISOBAM™ 104, 110
-       Binder for ceramic powder
-       Binder for solid catalyst
-       Water soluble paint
-       Air freshener

Imide types

-       ISOBAM™ 304, 306, 310
-       Protective colloid for polymerizing VAc.
-       Emulsion type of adhesive for wood
-       Soluble in alkaline water

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA), Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and copolymers (s. acrylic glass), Other thermoplastic elastomers

KURARITY

KURARITY™ is a block copolymer composed of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and butyl acrylate (BA). As a thermoplastic elastomer possessing MMA's transparency and weather resistance as well as BA's elasticity and adhesive qualities, KURARITY™ is a unique material developed using proprietary Kuraray technologies. With KURARITY™, Kuraray becomes the first company in the world to successfully achieve the commercial production of such a material.

Applications

-       Adhesive for various types of films and tape

Possessing triblock polymer properties, this material enables hot melt coating to make cross-linking and curing processes unnecessary

-       Light guide components for such light guides as LED lighting

This material can be developed into components with various cross sectional shape thanks to extrusion molding

-       Molding material for home electronic appliance casings, packing and grips, etc.

Featuring superior design flexibility and transparency, advanced two-color molding properties for ABS, PC and other applications, and easy painting characteristics that make primer unnecessary, this material can be used in various types of injection-molding components

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Product category: Ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymers (E/VAL), Polyamides blends

Genestar™ PA9T Heat-resistant polyamide resin

Genestar™ is a PA9T with unique mix of useful physical properties, notably:

- heat resistance
- low water absorption
- chemical resistance

It is used in a wide range of electronic and automotive applications that must function under difficult conditions.

Automotive

Development initially targeted metal replacement in order to reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel efficiency. First applications included small gears and various fuel system parts. Today Genestar™ can be found in a wide variety of pieces located throughout the vehicle, but especially in the technically demanding areas near the engine.

As automobiles themselves become more sophisticated, demand for Genestar™ is increasing for automotive electronic components. This is expected to expand further along with the increased production of hybrid and electric cars.

Personal electronics and LED reflectors
Since its launch in 1999, Genestar™ has been used for connector applications in mobile phones and personal computers. New grades of Genestar™ provide improved durability (heat and light resistance) for LED reflectors, used both in hand-held devices and televisions.

Genestar™ is a trademark of Kuraray Co. Ltd.

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Product category: Ethylene/vinyl alcohol copolymers (E/VAL), Barrier plastics

EVAL™ EVOH high barrier resins and films

EVAL™, the world’s leading EVOH
Imagine a plastic wall that is 10 metres thick. Not very much is going to get through a barrier like that. Now imagine that the same protective function can be realised with only 1 mm. With EVAL™ EVOH it can. Normally an EVAL™ layer of just a few microns is enough to provide an amazingly effective gas and aroma barrier, to protect the quality of packaged goods. Like food or cosmetics or vitamins. Even the fuel in a car.

EVAL™'s barrier properties give more performance per thickness than any conventional polymer, and the barrier function works in both directions.

Protecting quality and value
EVAL™ adds real function to packaging by keeping oxygen and MOSH/MOAH out and locking flavour and atmosphere in where they belong. This protects quality and value, prolongs shelf life without artificial additives and reduces waste, often while reducing the total amount of packaging. This allows for innovative plastic structure designs that are both reliable and safe in use, usually reducing environmental impact and generating savings throughout the product life cycle.

Reduced emissions
When used in barrier structures for construction, agricultural and automotive fuel system applications, EVAL™ helps create light-weight structures that help protect the environment from gas, fuel or chemical emissions.

Recyclable and recoverable
EVAL™ EVOH is recyclable, and is commonly used as part of a regrind structural layer in rigid packaging and automotive applications. It can also be used for post-consumer recycling, and will not disrupt polyolefin recycling streams. A very high proportion of energy is recoverable from EVOH, often reducing the amount of extra fuel necessary for thermal disposal of sorted waste. EVAL™ does not contain chlorine or metals that can later be released into the environment.

Kuraray
In 1926 Kuraray Co., Ltd. was established in Kurashiki City, Japan, where it started the industrial production of viscose rayon. Through intensive research and development the company succeeded in building up extensive expertise and technological strength in the fields of polymer chemistry, synthetic chemistry and chemical engineering. Thanks to this technological strength and extensive expertise Kuraray was able to develop highly innovative products in a wide range of selected businesses.

Innovation-minded
Today Kuraray develops and manufactures quality and innovative products ranging from synthetic resins, fine chemicals, non-woven fabrics, man-made leather to laser discs and medical products. A number of products developed and manufactured by Kuraray have become world-leading products. Among these products are: polyvinyl alcohol fiber KURALON™, polyvinyl alcohol resin POVAL™, ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer EVAL™, manmade leather CLARINO™ and isoprene-based fine chemicals for perfumes, pharmaceuticals, and other specialized applications.

EVAL™ is a registered trademark of Kuraray Co., Ltd.

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Product category: Acrylic glass (s. PMMA), Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and copolymers (s. acrylic glass), Decorative films, Films, Technical films

“HS film” (tentative name)

“HS film” (tentative name)

Good for some decoration film by better anti-sunscreen properties.

Acrylic film is used as base film of decoration film for automotive, electronics and construction etc, and front film of solar cell, base film of display and so on, using excellent transparency, high hardness, superior weatherability, easy processability and low birefringence properties.

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Product category: Granulates

®Mowital G

Polymers of the ®Mowital G series are amorphous thermoplastic polymers which are provided as granules with low residual water content (<0.5 weight-%).

Mowital G grades are ideal both as a binding agent as well as dispersant. It can be used in varnishes and inks and it predestine them for successful use as dispersing agent for masterbatches or the colouring of polymers. The chemical structure provides a semipolar character of Mowital G enabling the usage as a compatibilizer for colour pigments, inorganic fillers, like metal oxide or metal particles as well as carbon black. Mowital G is colourless, transparent, and lightfast. These properties make them the preferred polymer for colour-neutral formulations with high colour-purity and/or transparency.

Mowital G grades can be burned out without residue. Hence they are suitable as a temporary binder for e.g. powder-injection moulding processes.

Since Mowital G is compatible with various plastics, such as PMMA, PA, PVC, ABS, or TPU, it is especially valuable for applications in masterbatch formulations. Beside this, Mowital G grades can be used as additives for thermoplastic compounds and thermoplastic elastomers as adhesion modulator, e.g. for bonding of polymeric compounds to glass, metal and ceramic substrates.

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Product category: Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV, Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S), TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material

SEPTON™ V-Series (TPV, TPE)

SEPTON™ V-Series is a block copolymer that has reactive and cross-linkable hard and soft block applications. Crosslinked SEPTON™ V-series exhibit excellent heat resistance, long term compression set and oil resistance while keeping its good rubber-like properties and good low temperature properties, caused by crosslinked hard block. Compared to previous SEPTON™ products SEPTON™ V-series significantly improves the heat resistance of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers.

APPLICATIONS

- Automotive applications
- Weather seals
- Gaskets, seals and O-rings
- Extrusions
- Adhesives
- Electronic parts

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Product category: Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S)

SEPTON™ Q series (A light, flexible and durable TPE)

Based on 20 years of experience in the field of elastomeric block-co-polymers Kuraray developed a material with remarkable characteristics. This material is available as neat polymer – SEPTON™ Q series. Moreover an alloy technology applied onto this material which generates a novel class of TPE which enters the application areas of TPAE, TPEE and TPU. The alloys show advantageous processing properties and good performance in combination with polyolefins.

The new material first was presented under the name Q-Polymer. It is now on the market under the brand name SEPTON™ Q series. Its outstanding performance can be generated with Kuraray's own alloy technology that creates light and scratch resistant materials. These alloys work well together with various polyolefins.

The first commercial application after setting up the new material was in specialized soccer shoes. In this shoe sole a very good abrasion resistance is combined with the advantage of a light weight material. TPU shows a specific gravity level of 1.2 vs. 0.9 roughly for the SEPTON™ Q series alloy.

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Product category: Styrenic block copolymers SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S (pure polymers)

TPE with Exquisite Soft Feel (SEPTON™ J Series)

Kuraray Co., Ltd. has developed the SEPTON™ J Series, which boasts significant flexibility and a soft feel, as part of its high-performance, high-functionality lineup of SEPTON™ brand hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers.

Main Characteristics       
• Unique flexibility, exquisite soft feel     
• Low melt viscosity and excellent processability  
• Superior shock-absorbing properties and vibration dampening performance          
•Shares the light weight, mechanical properties (high-strength, superior compression set, tear resistance) and low-temperature properties of current SEPTON™ products

Applications      
• Artificial leg and protector cushioning material, pad components, joint supports   
• Cushioning material for beds, pillows, etc., general cushioning material, toys, shoe          insoles
• All types of cushioning and sealing material, robot components (shock-absorbing and vibration-dampening materials, artificial skin, etc.)         
• Shock-absorbing and vibration-dampening materials for office automation (OA) equipment, flat panel displays (FPDs), mobile phone, and other all kinds of digital equipment

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Product category: Ethylene/propylene terpolymers (EPDM)

Kuraray Liquid Rubber for EPDM Applications

Kuraray has developed several liquid rubber grades that are suitable for EPDM peroxide curing applications. Specifically, substituting LBR-361 for TAC as a coagent will offer similar mechanical properties while reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) content. Possible applications include plumbing components since the KLR/EPDM compounds can meet local drinking water regulations.

Also, LBR-361 improves compression set property which is beneficial for rubber compounds used to produce automotive parts, hoses, etc.

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Product category: Styrene/butadiene rubber (SBR)

Liquid SBR (L-SBR)

- L-SBR is a viscous liquid rubber based on styrene and butadiene, which was originally synthesized by Kuraray Co., Ltd.

- L-SBR is colorless, transparent and almost completely odorless. -

- L-SBR has a function as a "Reactive plasticizer". In terms of function as a "Plasticizer", L-SBR is the rubber with the highest molecular weight among materials which have plasticizing function. In terms of function as a "Reactive", it is "vulcanizable". L-SBR is co-vulcanizable with solid rubber such as NR, SBR, BR and EPDM using sulfur or peroxide.

-L-SBR is crosslinkable by reaction of its functional groups using metal compounds, epoxy compounds, isocyanate compounds, amine compounds and is crosslinkable by UV radiation.

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Product category: Self-reinforcing fibres

KURAKISSS™ (Polyetherimide Fiber)/ Flame Retardant Fiber

Kuraray has succeeded in manufacturing the Polyetherimide (PEI) fiber. The tradename is KURAKISSS™. This is a new high heat and flame retardant fiber. It has several unique properties, such as fine dr, low smoke generation and good dye ability. The most important concept of KURAKISSS™ is quite simply “the provision of a secure and safe environment”.

The Main Characteristics

- High heat resistance
- Flame retardant
- Fine dr.
- Low smoke density
- Dye ability
- Low moisture
- Thermo plasticity
- Softness

The Potential Applications

- Composite for transportation
- Fabric and Non-woven for transportation
- Acoustic and heat insulation
- Safety and protective gear
- Liquid and gas filter
- Paper application

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Product category: Raw materials

SEPTON™ Hydrogenated styrene thermoplastic elastomer

SEPTON™ is a styrene thermoplastic elastomer developed by Kuraray's proprietary technology. SEPTON™ has the elasticity of rubber, yet can be molded like plastic by heating it. It displays excellent heat resistance, weather resistance and chemical resistance, while boasting high electrical insulation properties.

Applications:

Incorporating polyolefin and processed oil, SEPTON™ provides a flexible material substitute for vulcanized rubber and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It is used for a variety of applications including automobile parts, electronic parts, stationary, toys and sporting goods.
Incorporating tackifier resin and processed oil, SEPTON™ can be used to make adhesives of excellent heat resistance and weather resistance.
Blended with olefinic polymers, SEPTON™ can improve various properties, including impact strength. It can also serve as a compatibilizer between polyolefins and polystyrenics.
Base polymers
Flexible materials (vulcanized rubber and PVC substitutes), adhesive, sealants, coatings, fabrics and nonwoven materials
Modifers and additives
Plastics modifiers, compatibilizers, thermosetting resin modifiers, anti-shrink agents for unsaturated polyesters, asphalt modifiers
Master batch for additives

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Product category: Acetal polymerblends, Dry blend, Optical polymers, Pastes, Polyvinyl acetal (PVAL), High-grade-resins, Prepregs, general, Binders, Heat sealing adhesives, Solvent-based adhesives, Two-pack adhesives, Hot melt adhesives, Polyvinyl butyrals, Binders, Dispersing agents, Flexibilisers, Adhesives, Polyols, Raw materials, Printing inks, Paints, coatings, Special ceramic products, Composite materials

®Mowital

Kuraray markets a wide range of poylvinyl butyrals (PVB) under the Mowital®/Pioloform® brand names. PVB is a speciality polymer with specific technical properties. The polymers can be customised for a wide range of applications. Technical service is a central focus at Kuraray. We work closely with our customers to optimise existing systems and drive forward the development of new ideas.

PROPERTIES

·         Very good adhesion and film-forming properties
·         Good water resistance
·         High bonding power
·         Excellent optical transparency
·         Good elasticity
·         Very good compatibility with organic solvents
·         High compatibility with other polymers
·         Very good thermoplastic processing

AREAS OF APPLICATION

·         Coatings and primers
·         Printing inks for packaging
·         Films for laminated safety glass
·         Binders for ceramics and metal powders
·         Adhesives
·         Retroreflective coatings for traffic signs and road markings
·         Binders for a wide range of special applications
·         Use in thermoplastic applications

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Product category: Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S), Other thermoplastic elastomers, Composite materials

SEPTON™ K series TPE Features Superior Bondability to Glass

Like a number of other plastic products, SEPTON™ and HYBRAR™ hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers can easily be molded; however, they are also characterized by rubber-like elasticity and are widely replacing vulcanized rubber as a soft molding material. Combining Kuraray's accumulated polymer synthesizing technologies and alloy technologies, the SEPTON™ K Series material represents a new concept in elastomeric materials. Existing products require pretreatment with primer to obtain the bondability needed for use on glass and metal. However, the SEPTON™ K Series can directly be injection molded or extruded onto glass or metal without pretreatment, achieving excellent bondability while retaining the advantages of a thermoplastic elastomer. Thanks to its excellent bondability the SEPTON™ K Series is a revolutionary molding material that enables faster production and a high degree of freedom in product design, particularly in such fields as automotive, electric and electronics, and other glass-related components. Pursuing further advances in product and market development, Kuraray expects this product to enter the film, sealant, coating and adhesive fields.

Applications

-Auto parts
-Window glass and mirror weather-stripping, body and chassis components, electric components
-Housing and construction related
-Window glass weather-stripping
-Electric and electronic components, energy-related components
-Solar cell components
-Mobile phone, flat-screen TV, computer and digital device components
-Other components around metal enclosures and glass displays

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Product category: Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

TIRRENINA™ Environmentally friendly microfibre suede

Kuraray processes and sells the world`s finest microsuede specialities for use in various highly innovative fields: garment, furniture, shoe, accessories, automotive and high-tech. Numerous finishes enable a wide range of premium products. Finest quality of polyamide/polyurethane as well as polyester/polyurethane in assorted colors and designs for enhanced products.

Discover Kuraray: "easy wear, easy care" the preferred choice of market leaders!

Tirrenina™ is Kuraray’s line of sustainable man—made leather that is produced entirely without solvents but water-based and contains only a minimum amount of polyurethane. Its manufacturing process reduces the usage of water by 70% and of CO2 by 35%. Tirrenina™ is characterized by an excellent bonding and tear strength as well as a low and even elongation. Its superior hand feel and great mouldability make it suitable for a wide range of demanding applications, especially those of environmental concern. Tirrenina™ can be used in footwear, gloves, bags, furniture, automotive, accessories and is currently available in polyester suede and nubuck version in various thicknesses.

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Product category: Plastics products and parts for furniture appliances

Clarino Crust™ High performance microfibre crust material for sophisticated products

Kuraray processes and sells the world`s finest microsuede specialities for use in various highly innovative fields: garment, furniture, shoe, accessories, automotive and high-tech. Numerous finishes enable a wide range of premium products. Finest quality of polyamide/polyurethane as well as polyester/polyurethane in assorted colors and designs for enhanced products.

Discover Kuraray: "easy wear, easy care" the preferred choice of market leaders!

Kuraray’s high density microfibre non-woven Clarino Crust™ may be finished by using a roll coating process, embossing and spraying like genuine leather. It offers better air and moisture permeability than earlier man-made leathers and stays soft instead of shrinking after water or heat treatment.

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Product category: Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S), Styrenic block copolymers SEBS, SBS, SIS, TPE-S (pure polymers), SEBS-Blockcopolymer, Pressure sensitive adhesives, Hot melt adhesives, Adhesives, Films

SEPTON™

SEPTON™ is a series of high performance thermoplastic rubbers (TPE) developed by KURARAY CO., LTD. using its unique isoprene technology. In terms of structure, SEPTON™ is a series of hydrogenated styrenic block copolymers (SEP ,SEPS ,SEEPS , SEBS), and it exhibits rubber-like properties over a wide range of temperatures. Its remarkable characteristics are as follows:

- Excellent Mechanical Properties
- Good Weatherability
- Excellent Low Temperature Properties
- Excellent Electrical Insulation Properties
- Superior Heat Resistance
- Excellent Chemical Resistance
- Low Toxity

Prior to processing, the polystyrene end blocks are associated in rigid domains. In the presence of heat and shear such as during processing, the polystyrene domains soften and permits flow. After cooling, the polystyrene domains reform and harden, locking the rubber network in place. This physical phenomenon provides SEPTON™ with its high tensile strength and its elasticity. Since SEPTON™ is a thermoplastic, it is recyclable.

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Product category: Films, Hot melt films

®Mowital LP BF – plasticiser-free thin PVB films

Mowital® LP BF is a new thin, plasticiser-free polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film in the 50-250 µm range.

Advantages of this new form of PVB:

·         Roll-to-roll lamination processes
·         Multi-layer structures comprising different substrates
·         Uniform application thanks to defined thickness of layers
·         Solvent and dust-free application
·         Low odour or odour-free processing
·         No toxicological problems
·         Long shelf life and uncomplicated logistics (e.g. refrigeration is not necessary)

SPECIAL PROPERTIES

·         Excellent adhesion on glass, metal and wood
·         Very good adhesion to substrates such as ceramics and textile fabrics
·         Thermoplastic
·         Optically transparent lamination layer
·         No migration of plasticisers or additives

AREAS OF APPLICATION

·         Glass bonding, e.g. for design applications
·         Fibreglass laminates
·         Laminates with metal film or metal sheet, e.g. aluminium or copper
·         Bonding of various metals
·         Multi-layer composites
·         Wood laminates
·         Bonded honeycomb sandwich structures made from different substrates

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Oct 18, 2016

Kuraray at K 2016 in Düsseldorf

Discovery in the “automotive world” of Kuraray

Hattersheim am Main, October 19, 2016 - At K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Japanese specialty chemicals company Kuraray is showcasing its combined expertise for the automotive industry for the first time. The products highlighted offer a wide range of performance, design and production benefits for the automotive industry.

“Kuraray has been an efficient supplier to the automotive industry for many years. We want to align our products even more closely to applications in this sector in the future and to step up solutions tailored to customers’ requirements,” explains Yoshiki Kuroki, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH.

Convincing automotive solutions

The challenges facing the automotive industry are rising steadily: improved performance and safety, optimized design, more comfort and a reduction in weight to enhance fuel economy are just some examples. “These high demands can be met with Kuraray’s extensive range of high-performance materials,” says Yoshiki Kuroki.

For example, Kuraray Liquid Rubber (K-LR) significantly improves tire performance by balancing grip, fuel efficiency and rolling resistance. The excellent barrier properties of EVAL™ EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer) keep light weight plastic fuel systems in full compliance with strict emission regulations. Using Kuraray’s hook & loop fasteners to install interior components enhances design flexibility, raises productivity and reduces overall weight. The highly transparent Parapet® (methacrylic resin) has excellent surface hardness and is often used instead of glass for cockpit glazing.

Highlights for the consumer goods and packaging industry as well

“That is naturally only a small sample of our range,” says Carmen Mundt, Marketing Specialist Elastomer. “Visitors to our booth will also find information on new developments for many other segments.” Alongside products for the automotive industry, Kuraray is exhibiting products for consumer goods, for example, KURARAY POVALTM and Mowital® for 3D printing. For the packaging industry, Kuraray will be showcasing PLANTIC™, which contains up to 80 percent renewable raw materials and is used in the production of trays und vacuum skin packaging with high barrier properties.

By focusing its presence at K 2016 on the automotive industry, Kuraray aims to convince even more customers in this sector of its expertise.

About Kuraray:

The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 800 employees. Kuraray is one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibers and an international leader in the development and use of innovative high-performance materials for many industries.

www.kuraray.eu.

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Company details

90 years have passed since Kuraray was established on June 24th,1926 in Kurashiki with the aim to commercialize and manufacture artificial silk known as rayon. 90 years in which we actively created the future with new and unique materials.

In the beginning, the company’s business essentially developed around fibers and textiles. In 1950 the company achieved a corporate milestone as the first in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol synthetic fiber to the market. In subsequent years we used our proprietary technology in the areas of polymer and synthetic chemistry to engineer a number of high-performance resins such as EVAL™ and KURARAY POVAL®. This helped us gain an internationally competitive edge based on which we expanded our operations in the field of chemicals.

A number of products developed and manufactured by Kuraray have become world-leading products. Among these products are: thermoplastic elastomers (TPE-S) SEPTON™ and HYBRAR™, liquid isoprene rubber LIR, liquid butadiene rubber LBR, polyvinyl alcohol fiber KURALON, polyvinyl alcohol resin (PVA) MOWIOL and POVAL, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) MOWITAL and PIOLOFORM, ethylene-vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH) EVAL, manmade leather CLARINO and AMARETTA, high heat resistant polyamide (PA9T) GENESTAR and isoprene-based fine chemicals for perfumes, pharmaceuticals, and other specialized applications.

Today the Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 8,300 employees. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 800 employees.

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