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News Releases 2008

Price of Heat-Resistant Polyamide Resin GENESTAR Revised

October 2, 2008
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray announces its decision to revise the price GENESTAR, a heat-resistant polyamide resin, for shipments commencing October 15, 2008. Details are as follows.

Kuraray was first in the world to industrialize nonanediamine, a proprietary monomer with a carbon number of nine. GENESTAR is a polyamide resin (Polyamide 9T) that is made using this monomer. It boasts excellent heat resistance, low water absorbency, high abrasion resistance, superior insulation performance and excellent chemical resistance.

In recent years, surface mount technology (SMT) has become increasingly used in the electrical and electronic parts field. Demand for GENESTAR has expanded because its resistance to high temperatures makes it suitable for use with lead-free solder, especially in applications for mobile phones, personal computers, digital cameras and other devices.

At present, along with a worldwide shortage and soaring prices for the main raw materials that make up butadiene, which, in turn, is the principal raw material used in GENESTAR, prices for other auxiliary materials also continue to surge.

In light of these circumstances, Kuraray is continuously leveraging best practices in its cost-reduction efforts. However, such efforts have proved insufficient to absorb the persistent increase of raw materials and fuel prices. As a result, the Company's domestic and overseas operating revenues from its GENESTAR business have deteriorated rapidly.

In an effort to maintain the stability of supply and improve business profitability amid a robust increase in GENESTAR demand, Kuraray has decided to implement an upward price revision for the product, as described below.

1. Scope of revision:

Shipments in Japan and exports of all heat-resistant polyamide resin GENESTAR products

2. Price increase:

¥100 per kilogram

3. Effective date:

Shipments from October 15, 2008