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Kuraray to Boost Production Capacity of EVOH Resin at its Texas-based Facility

Published on 2016-05-12. Author : SpecialChem

Kuraray announces that it will boost the ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH resin; Kuraray trademark: EVAL) production capacity of Kuraray America, Inc., an indirectly wholly owned Kuraray subsidiary located in the U.S. state of Texas. Brief details are as follows.

Fig. 1: Kuraray

Background of Capacity Enhancement

EVAL boasts superior gas barrier properties. Due to this feature, EVAL demand continues to grow, particularly for food packaging applications that offer better food preservation and for automobile fuel tanks that effectively prevent hydrocarbon emissions.

In recent years, EVAL applications have expanded to include agricultural and industrial products in addition to wallpaper, pipes for floor heating systems and vacuum insulation panels for refrigerators.

Previously, the increase in EVAL demand had been centered primarily in industrialized nations, such as Japan and the United States as well as those in Europe. However, demand is now rising in emerging nations. To secure a stable supply structure, Kuraray has concluded that it is necessary to boost its EVAL production capacity.

The Kuraray Group outlined the deepening of its core businesses as one of the main management strategies of its GS-STEP medium-term management plan, which commenced in fiscal 2015. In the core vinyl acetate business, Kuraray is continuing to strengthen its base of operations globally. As for EVAL, with this enhancement, which follows on last year's production enhancement in Europe, Kuraray aims to expand its business as a leading company in the area of EVOH resin and barrier materials.

About Kuraray

Kuraray America, Inc. is a globally recognized specialty chemical company that creates quality, sustainable solutions that strengthen products from a diverse range of industries.

Kuraray America, Inc. develops products that transform the ordinary—pulp to paper, glue to glass. From films that make glass safer to coatings that make paper stronger, resins are used in diverse applications across industries. Known for their commitment to making quality solutions, Kuraray America, Inc. focuses on improving the community and the environment and developing market-leading research to drive innovation.

Source: Kuraray

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