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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.
|Kuraray begins producing Kuraray Poval™ for commercial use, becoming the first company to do so in history
|Kuraray Poval™ sales reach the same level as Kuraray's original product, Vinylon.
|Kuraray Poval™ sales surpass Vinylon, firmly positioning the company as a top producer in the Poval resin industry.
|Kuraray enters into a joint venture in Singapore to build the first PVOH plant outside of Japan.
|Kuraray purchases PVOH and PVB Resin business from Clariant AG.
|Kuraray completes the construction of the its research and technical center in Pasadena, Texas.
|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.
|Kuraray expands PVOH Film plant in Japan to keep up with market demand for film.
|Kuraray dissolves joint venture in Singapore and becomes sole owner of the PVOH plant.
|Kuraray expands the PVOH Film plant to further supply for the growing demand in LCD applications.
|Kuraray acquires MonoSol, a PVOH Film manufacturer and expands German Kuraray Poval™ facility.
|Kuraray announces expansion of MonoSol facilities.
|Kuraray acquires Dupont Vinyl Acetate Product Groups including VAM, PVOH and PVB.