Kuraray Co., Ltd.
The Kuraray Group, which includes Kuraray Co., Ltd., its consolidated and unconsolidated subsidiaries and affiliated companies, embraces about 80 companies in Japan and abroad with approximately 7,000 employees. Each company within the Group, while demonstrating its individual character, is committed to satisfy the diverse needs of society in their field of business.
90 years of history. 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.
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™, man made leather CLARINO™ and isoprene-based fine chemicals for perfumes, pharmaceuticals, and other specialised applications.
Kuraray and EVAL Europe N.V.
The world's largest producer of PVOH and EVOH resins and films, Kuraray operates production sites in Japan, the USA, Europe and Singapore. As a leader in high gas barrier technology and development, Kuraray established fully-owned subsidiary EVAL Europe N.V. in Antwerp, Belgium for the production and sales of its EVAL™ EVOH barrier resins in the Europe-Middle East-Africa region.
EVAL™ EVOH resins and monolayer film
Kuraray has been manufacturing and marketing ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers (EVOH) under the name EVAL™ since 1972, and remains the world leader in EVOH production and market development. EVAL™ is one of Kuraray's core businesses and is produced globally in Japan, America and Europe. The sales and technical development of EVAL™ is supported by specialised local teams in each region.
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.
KURARISTER™ is a transparent high-barrier retortable film developed by Kuraray Co. Ltd. As a complement to EVAL™, KURARISTER™ can be easily reverse printed and laminated to sealing layers in order to make transparant and retortable high barrier stand-up pouches and other food packaging. Since it uses a polymeric barrier coating, KURARISTER™ withstands flexing, folding and stretching during processing and distribution. KURARISTER retains its excellent barrier properties and transparency even after retort treatment.
GENESTAR™ is a proprietary PA9T polyamide resin developed by Kuraray Co. Ltd. This synthetic resin is highly resistant to heat, water, and abrasion, yet easily moulded. GENESTAR is widely used in connectors for electronic and electrical devices such as personal computers, digital cameras, and mobile telephones. Its use for technical automotive parts is also increasing rapidly.