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News Releases 2005

Acquisition of PVB Film Business from HT Troplast Completed

Jan 5, 2005
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. signed a contract in November 2004 for the acquisition of the PVB (polyvinyl butyral) film business of HT Troplast AG of Germany and initiated the necessary procedures. Kuraray received official approval to proceed with the acquisition from the relevant governing authorities, completed the required administrative and legal procedures on December 30, and has assumed the operation of the film business.

1. The Acquired Business

The acquired operations will become one business division of Kuraray Co., Ltd.'s German subsidiary, Kuraray Specialities Europe GmbH (hereinafter, "KSE").

Kuraray Specialities Europe GmbH (After the acquisition)

(1) Company name Kuraray Specialities Europe GmbH
(2) Capital 20 million euros(100% funded by Kuraray Europe GmbH(*))
(3) President Dr. Gerd Lepper
(4) Headquarters Frankfurt, Germany
(5) Business Development, manufacture and sale of PVA resin, PVB resin and film
(6) Production capacity PVA : 50,000 tons per year
PVB : 20,000 tons per year
PVB film : 26,000 tons per year
(7) Net sales Approximately 200 million euros
(8) Number of employees Approximately 500
* Kuraray Europe GmbH
Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its European headquarters company

The PVB film business

(1) Location Troisdorf, Germany
(2) Net sales Approximately 100 million euros(included in KSE net sales figure above)
(3) Number of employees Approximately 250(included in KSE employees figure above)
(4) Network Manufacturing subsidiaries in Germany and Russia, marketing subsidiaries in the United States, Malaysia, and India

2. PVB film applications

Interlayer films for laminated safety glass for construction and automotive use

* Laminated safety glass
Laminated safety glass is a special purpose glass made by sandwiching a layer of PVB film between two sheets of glass. Because it is crack- and shatter-resistant, it is used in automotive windshields and in the construction field.