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Meeting growing demands in European markets
Kuraray to Expand PVA Resin Production Facility in Europe
Increasing annual production capacity by 24,000 tons to 94,000 tons

January 14, 2011
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Fumio Ito; "Kuraray") today announced the expansion of PVA resin production facility at its European subsidiary Kuraray Europe GmbH (Kuraray's wholly owned subsidiary in Frankfurt, Germany; "KEG"). Details of the plant expansion are as follows.

Background of the Facility Expansion

In response to growing demand for PVA resin in European markets, Kuraray decided to expand production facilities to secure a stable supply system.

Overview of the Capital Investment

KEG's PVA resin production facility

Location Frankfurt, Germany
Production capacity Increase in production capacity from expansion: 24,000 tons/year
Current production capacity of existing facilities: 70,000 tons/year
Production capacity after completion: 94,000 tons/year
Capital investment Approximately 58 million euros *
Commencement of operations The first quarter of fiscal 2013 (planned)
  • * The amount of capital investment includes measures for energy optimization project.

Overview of KEG Kuraray Europe GmbH

Company name Kuraray Europe GmbH
Capital 31,000,000 euros (100% investment by Kuraray)
President Dr. Matthias Gutweiler
Headquarters Frankfurt, Germany
Principal businesses Manufacture and sale of PVA resin, PVB (polyvinyl butyral) resin and film; import and sale of fibers and textiles, chemicals, and dental materials
Employees Approximately 600

Reference

1. About PVA resin

In 1950, Kuraray became the first in the world to develop PVA resin, which is used as a material for KURALON fibers. With its unique water-solvent properties, PVA resin is widely utilized in such items as paper processing agents, adhesive agents and fiber sizing agents. In addition, PVA resin has high market share worldwide thanks to its use in optical poval film, a basic component of LCDs.
Furthermore, PVB (polyvinyl butyral) resin made from PVA resin is used in paints, inks and binders in fine ceramics, while PVB film has been adopted for the manufacture of window glass for buildings and as an inter-layer in shatterproof safety glass for vehicles. In recent years, PVB film's applications have widened to include sealants for solar power generation panels.

Trademarks of products manufactured at KEG and sold are as follows

Products Trademarks
PVA resin MOWIOL
PVB resin MOWITAL, PIOLOFORM
PVB film TROSIFOL, TROLEN
2. Kuraray Group's annual PVA resin production capacity by region
Kuraray Okayama Plant/ Niigata Plant 124,000 tons
Kuraray Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) 40,000 tons
KEG Kuraray Europe GmbH 70,000 tons *
Total 234,000 tons
  • * This figure is the current production capacity and will expand to 94,000 tons after the completion of facility expansion.

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