News Releases 2009

Kuraray Medical to Commence Construction of New Dental Materials Plant

September 7, 2009
Kuraray Co., Ltd.
Kuraray Medical Inc.

The Kuraray Group company, Kuraray Medical Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Co., Ltd., Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) has decided to move forward on the main construction of a new dental materials production facility. Following the decision and announcement to construct the new plant in scrap-and-build style in October 2008, the commencement of construction was postponed in response to the rapid deterioration of the economic situation. It was, however, judged that an expansion of domestic and international demand could be anticipated in the future. The overview of the new plant, slightly revised from original plans, is as follows.

Overview of the new plant

Location Niigata Plant, Kuraray Co., Ltd., 2-28 Kurashiki-cho, Tainai, Niigata
* Originally planned site: Kurashiki Plant, Kuraray Co., Ltd.,
7471 Tamashima-Otoshima, Kurashiki City, Okayama
Current facilities: Kurashiki Plant (Sakazu), Kuraray Co., Ltd.,
1621 Sakazu, Kurashiki City, Okayama
Plant Capacity 1,100,000 sets per year (current: 900,000 sets per year)
Augmentable to 1,500,000 sets per year due to the relocation of equipment from existing plant
Facility scale Three-story building, total floor space of 9,800m2
Capital investment Approximately ¥5.5 billion
October 2010 On-site construction commences
December 2011 Completion of facility expansion, commencing trial operations and quality verification
  • * Originally planned for October 2010
November 2012 Commencement of full operations
  • * Originally planned for October 2011

Kuraray Medical Inc. Corporate Profile

President Sadaaki Matsuyama
Head office Ote Center Building, 1-1-3, Otemachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Paid-in capital ¥300 million (100% owned by Kuraray Co., Ltd.)
Business activities Manufacturing, development and sales of medical-related products