History of KURARAY POVAL™
Kuraray pioneered development of polyvinyl alcohol (KURARAY POVAL™) in the early 1950s in a small plant in Japan. Originally in the form of the raw material Vinylon, KURARAY POVAL™ was commercialized and sold by Kuraray beginning in 1958. As applications for KURARAY POVAL™ were developed, Kuraray grew its production.
With a plant in Singapore and the acquisition of Clariant AG, Kuraray became a global leader in polyvinyl alcohol production. With the groundbreaking and construction of the new KURARAY POVAL™ plant in Houston, Kuraray will continue to be the largest global producer of polyvinyl alcohol.
|1958||Kuraray begins producing KURARAY POVAL™ for commercial use, becoming the first company to do so in history|
|1961||KURARAY POVAL™ sales reach the same level as Kuraray’s original product, Vinylon.|
|1972||KURARAY POVAL™ sales surpass Vinylon, firmly positioning the company as a top producer in the Poval resin industry.|
|1996||Kuraray enters into a joint venture in Singapore to build the first PVOH plant outside of Japan.|
|2001||Kuraray purchases PVOH and PVB Resin business from Clariant AG.|
|2003||Kuraray completes the construction of the its research and technical center in Pasadena, Texas.|
|2005||Kuraray develops new, market-changing technology, PVOH Film, for use in LCD TV screens; announces expansion of PVOH Film Plant in Japan; expands PVOH production in Germany by more than 20,000T.|
|2006||Kuraray expands PVOH Film plant in Japan to keep up with market demand for film.|
|2008||Kuraray dissolves joint venture in Singapore and becomes sole owner of the PVOH plant.|
|2010||Kuraray expands the PVOH Film plant to further supply for the growing demand in LCD applications.|
|2012||Kuraray acquires MonoSol, a PVOH Film manufacturer and expands German KURARAY POVAL™ facility.|
|2013||Kuraray announces expansion of MonoSol facilities.|
|2014||Kuraray acquires Dupont Vinyl Acetate Product Groups including VAM, PVOH and PVB.|