News Releases 2005

Notice : Concerning Explosion at Kuraray's Okayama Plant

September 9, 2005
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

An explosion and fire occurred today at the vinyl acetate manufacturing facilities of Kuraray's Okayama Plant. Details are as follows:

10:40 An oxygen mixer at the Company's vinyl acetate manufacturing facilities exploded and caught fire while undergoing safety testing.
10:46 The Company reported the incident to the fire department.
10:54 Municipal fire fighters arrived at the scene.
12:13 The fire was completely extinguished.

No injuries or deaths occurred as a result of this incident.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.