Kuraray Europe GmbH, Business Area Poval Resin https://www.kuraray-poval.com/ en_GB Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:31:43 +0200 Thu, 20 Jun 2019 01:31:43 +0200 news-74 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:48:26 +0200 Kuraray goes Amazon: water-soluble 3D printing filament now available online https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-goes-amazon-wasserloesliches-3d-druckfilament-ab-sofort-per-maus-klick-erhaeltlich/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=14db45f841a1b56d630fd59de8068c38 The water-soluble support filament Mowiflex 3D 2000 allows the production of complex structures on 3D printers. Now this professional-use material is available on the Amazon Business platform.
Hattersheim, June 2019. Kuraray, a world-leading manufacturer of speciality chemicals, is now selling its water-soluble 3D printing filament Mowiflex 3D 2000 via the online B2B marketplace Amazon Business. By using this new sales channel, Kuraray aims to make the unique benefits of this high-quality printing filament available to a broader target group. Mowiflex 3D 2000 is a polymer compound based on polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). It can be used to produce support structures for complex, filigree shapes and objects with overhanging elements. At the end of the printing process, the support material can be washed off easily in water. Amazon Business customers can now order this filament conveniently online with just a few clicks.

State-of-the-art 3D printing technologies are now used in many fields. Applications go well beyond the production of prototypes: these technologies now facilitate completely new business models such as the production of personalized products, from single items to top-quality serial production. High-quality printing materials are therefore vital. “Kuraray markets Mowiflex 3D 2000, a 3D printing filament that makes the production of very demanding shapes easy,” says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. “When it is used as a water-soluble support material, this product allows the printing of, for example, very delicate shapes and movable parts, so there are virtually no limits to creativity. We therefore want to make Mowiflex 3D 2000 available to a wider range of professional users of 3D printing via Amazon Business.”

Order professional printing filaments online
Kuraray's Mowiflex 3D 2000 printing filament is now available online via the Amazon Business marketplace in 0.5 kg rolls with diameters of 1.75 millimetres and 2.85 millimetres. “Business customers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK can now order Mowiflex 3D 2000 conveniently from Amazon Business with just a few clicks,” says Heiko Mack. “Order fulfilment is performed directly by our logistics team. And experts at Kuraray are happy to deal with technical questions and suggestions received by phone, email or using the contact form.” Via Amazon, speciality chemicals producer Kuraray is offering its customers an additional way to order this product. Until now, this support filament was only available through conventional sales channels.

Support structures that can be washed off - for perfect results
In 3D printing processes such as fused filament fabrication, the printing material is applied in layers. In other words, the object is built up layer by layer. For overhanging and extremely filigree parts, the printed product needs to be stabilized with the aid of a support structure during printing. Mowiflex 3D 2000 has excellent printing properties, allowing production of precision support structures. Since the polymer compound is soluble in water, the material can be washed off easily at the end of the printing process and does not leave any contact marks on the printed object. That greatly reduces post-processing. And there is another benefit: the dissolved PVA material is biodegradable, allowing simple and environmentally compatible disposal via the wastewater system. That is confirmed, for example, by the OK biodegradable water certificate from TÜV Austria.

“The outstanding properties of Mowiflex 3D 2000 are a response to the rising demands made on materials for 3D printing,” says Heiko Mack. “On Amazon, we now offer professional users of 3D printing even easier access to our high-performance printing filament. In this way, we enable applications for markets where 3D printing has become established as a new production method.”



Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray now markets its water-soluble 3D printing filament Mowiflex 3D 2000 via the Amazon Business online marketplace. This high-performance support filament simplifies the production of high-quality prints and complex shapes. By selling this product via Amazon Business, Kuraray aims to make it available to an even wider range of professional users of 3D printing.



Mowiflex 3D 2000 is used for support structures to print complex, filigree, overhanging and movable objects. At the end of the printing process, this PVA material can simply be washed off with water. The filament has been awarded the OK biodegradable water certificate, showing that it is biodegradable in water and can be disposed of in an environmentally compatible manner through normal wastewater systems.

 

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2017 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 680 million. It has 690 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 190 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

 

Dr. Bettina Plaumann
Head of KEG Communications & Marketing
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85797
E-Mail: Bettina.Plaumann(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu

Christopher Kampfmann
Wortwahl – Agentur für Unternehmens- und Onlinekommunikation
Bahnhofstraße 123
63263 Neu-Isenburg
Tel.: +49 6102 36678-22
E-Mail: kampfmann(at)wortwahl.de
Internet: www.wortwahl.de

 

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news-72 Fri, 03 May 2019 15:39:08 +0200 Kuraray at Rapid + TCT in Detroit, Michigan: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-rapid-tct-in-detroit-michigan-launch-of-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=89d3289ede150160a1ab25d661e355c5 Hattersheim am Main, May, 3 2019. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at Rapid + TCT in Detroit, Michigan May 20 – 23, 2019.
MOWIFLEX™ as a biodegradable water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™.

Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.

 


MOWIFLEX™ resolves support structures challenges of FFF/FDM based techniques.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.


Press contact:
Dr. Moritz Baier
MOWIFLEX Team Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85379
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com 

 

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news-70 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:00:00 +0200 “We create innovative packaging materials with barrier coatings to fight plastic waste” https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/we-create-innovative-packaging-materials-with-barrier-coatings-to-fight-plastic-waste/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1b01617005920cf2e02c48f432f96ce0 By 2030, all plastic packaging in the EU should be reusable or recyclable. Environmentally friendly packaging with barrier coatings such as EXCEVAL™ make this goal achievable. An interview with Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray
Hattersheim/Berlin, April 2019. Plastic waste is putting an increasing strain on the environment. The use of plastic packaging for food and other products plays a big role in that. To reduce the associated waste, the aim is to ensure that by 2030 all plastic packaging in the European Union is reusable or recyclable. Heiko Mack heads the Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) business unit at Kuraray, one of the world's leading speciality chemical producers. In this interview at the Specialty Papers Conference in Berlin, he explains how EXCEVAL™ barrier coatings can contribute to environmentally friendly packaging solutions. 

Mr. Mack, by 2030 all packaging in the European Union (EU) should be reusable or recyclable. Is that achievable?
Heiko Mack:
It has to be! The rising strain on the environment caused by plastic packaging is a major challenge at present. Therefore, the circular economy, which the European Union launched with an action plan back in 2015, is an important step.

What basic conditions need to be met?
Heiko Mack: The packaging industry needs to find alternatives to plastic. Paper-based packaging is one option. Using high-performance barrier coatings such as our EXCEVAL™ copolymer, it is possible to create innovative packaging materials that are superior to plastics in many ways.

How does that work?
Heiko Mack: EXCEVAL™ is an aqueous solution that is used to coat packaging materials. That makes them impermeable to grease and oil and acts as an effective gas barrier. Contact with oxygen causes oxidation of many foods, which affects their colour, consistency and taste. A barrier coating keeps oxygen and carbon dioxide out of the pack.

So the packaged food stays fresh and edible for longer.
Heiko Mack: Exactly. EXCEVAL™ has been used as a gas barrier in plastic packaging for many years. It is now also being used more frequently as an oxygen barrier in paper packaging. And that is good news because EXCEVAL™ does not contain solvents or chlorine. Unlike coatings based, for example, on acrylic latex, EXCEVAL™ is completely biodegradable in water. In combination with paper, it is an environment-friendly alternative to conventional food packaging ...

... and reduces packaging waste?
Heiko Mack: In Europe, more than 70 percent of waste paper is currently recycled, compared with less than a third of plastic waste. One reason is that recycling waste paper is far easier. Economically, it often makes better sense than recycling plastics. EXCEVAL™ enables producers to increase the functionality of paper. And coated paper containing up to 5 percent  EXCEVAL™ can simply be disposed of via the paper recycling process.

There are strict regulations on food packaging. What applications is Exceval suitable for?
Heiko Mack: EXCEVAL™ meets the highest food safety requirements. EXCEVAL™ coatings are approved for applications where they come directly into contact with food. For example, it meets the strict requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration. It also meets the criteria defined by Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment.

From 2021, single-use plastic products will not be permitted in the EU. Can EXCEVAL™ play a part here as well?
Heiko Mack: Definitely. EXCEVAL™ offers ways of replacing single-use plastic products in the future. For example, its water-repellent properties mean it can be used as an adhesive for paper drinking straws. It also has processing benefits: EXCEVAL™ has very good film-forming properties and is suitable for many commonly used printing and coating processes. We market this product in various modifications, viscosities and hydrolysis grades designed specifically for different applications. 

Kuraray's product range includes other high-performance barrier materials ...
Heiko Mack: One example is EVAL™, which was one of the first barrier copolymers and is still the market leader. It can be used flexibly in many processes such as co-extrusion and co-injection processes. As a monolayer, it is also suitable for laminating processes. Another barrier material is PLANTIC™.

Kuraray's starch-based biopolymer?
Heiko Mack: Yes, Kuraray’s subsidiary Plantic Technologies Limited markets PLANTIC™ packaging material with excellent gas barrier properties. Sustainability is the keyword here. This biopolymer does not contain any artificial plasticisers and is around 80 percent starch. That means it is fully biodegradable. Another important aspect is that it is produced entirely from raw materials that are not genetically modified.

What developments do you expect to see on the market for packaging and speciality papers in the future?
Heiko Mack: Discussions such as those we have had at the Specialty Papers Conference this week show a clear trend towards paper with barrier properties. I expect many new products to come onto the market in this field in the next few years. EXCEVAL™ is a product that meets the packaging industry's rising demands. We provide advice and assistance for our customers, for example, in the development of new formulations for speciality papers. That means we are always very close to the market.

Thank you for talking to us.

 


Heiko Mack

Since 2014, Heiko Mach has been head of the Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) business unit at Kuraray, one of the world's leading speciality chemicals companies, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has its European headquarters in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. As Head of the Poval Business, Heiko Mack’s product responsibilities include Kuraray POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™.



The perfect barrier to keep oxygen out: effective, printable, sustainable

Kuraray's barrier products EXCEVAL™, EVAL™ and Plantic™ give food packaging a functional barrier to keep oxygen at bay. In this way, they increase the shelf-life of food and help to reduce waste. The specific properties of these products make them suitable for range of different applications:


EXCEVAL™ – the biodegradable coating for sustainable packaging

  • EXCEVAL™ gives plastic and paper packaging an excellent barrier to oxygen, grease and oil.
  • This ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer is supplied as an aqueous solution, so coatings are easy to apply.
  • EXCEVAL™ is biodegradable in water, free of chlorine and solvents, and meets the demanding requirements for food-contact use.


EVAL™ – the first and leading barrier material

  • Thanks to EVAL™’s outstanding barrier properties, even an extremely thin layer of just four micrometres keeps oxygen out of food packaging, so the food stays fresh and keeps its aroma for longer.
  • This barrier resin can be processed in co-extrusion and co-injection processes. As a monolayer film, it is also suitable for laminating processes.
  • Even a very thin layer of EVAL™ is a very effective barrier. That reduces the weight of food packaging and the inputs used to produce it.


PLANTIC™ – the fully sustainable packaging solution

  • PLANTIC™ biopolymer contains 80 percent starch.
  • PLANTIC™ is completely free of artificial plasticisers and is fully biodegradable.
  • As a barrier material, it gives packaging an effective gas barrier.
  • Laminated onto paper, PLANTIC™ allows the creation of high-performance, fully biodegradable packaging.


“It's important to find alternatives to plastics to reduce waste packaging,” says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. “Barrier coatings like our EXCEVAL™ copolymer help crate recyclable packaging solutions such as paper-based food packaging.”



Less plastic on supermarket shelves: “EXCEVAL™ gives paper packaging an excellent barrier to oxygen, grease and oil. And packaging containing up to 5 percent EXCEVAL™ can be disposed of simply via the paper recycling process, says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. By 2030, all plastic packaging in the EU will have to be recyclable or reusable.



Environmentally compatible oil, grease and gas barrier for paper packaging: “There is a trend to paper packaging with barrier coatings, for example, for ready-made meals,” says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. “Paper packaging coated with EXCEVAL™, our high-performance barrier coating, meets the industry’s demanding requirements. In addition, this ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer does not contain plasticisers and is biodegradable in water.”


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news-68 Thu, 04 Apr 2019 10:41:41 +0200 KURARAY POVAL™ at the Specialty Papers Europe https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-povalTM-at-the-specialty-papers-europe/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=56af7751a428402d153928acd5855667 Hattersheim, April 04, 2019. Kuraray will again this year be present at the Smithers Pira Specialty Papers Europe event in Berlin, Germany. The event will take place from the 09th to 10th of April in the Hotel Palace Berlin.
Take the opportunity to meet up with our experts at our exhibition booth and discuss about our biodegradable and repulpable barrier polymer EXCEVAL™.

Plastic packaging is a big generator of waste and only a small part of this waste is recycled. The European Union “European Strategy for plastics in a circular economy” states that by 2030, all plastics packaging placed on the EU market should be either reusable or recycled in a cost-effective manner. This calls for smart, innovative and sustainable packaging solutions. This is a big opportunity for paper and board coated with Kuraray’s biodegradable* and repulpable barrier polymer EXCEVAL™.

* EXCEVAL™ is biodegradable in water and meets requirement of biodegradation for “TUV OK Biodegradable Water”.


About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global specialty chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.  


Press contact:

Jens-Mikael
Gottberg Leader Global Paper Team K
uraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +46 8410 46025
E-Mail: Jens-Mikael.Gottberg(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com 

 

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news-62 Tue, 05 Feb 2019 13:17:12 +0100 Unique Low Ash Grades https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/unique-low-ash-grades/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=85e61dd4f6ba914fa8e89331780d431a KURARAY is the global leading manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol with the following brands: KURARAY POVAL™/ ELVANOL™ / MOWIFLEX™ / EXCEVAL™. Our top priority is to provide quality products and services to our customers.
"Sodium acetate" is a byproduct produced during PVOH production and almost all polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) in the market contain a residual level. The sodium acetate content is measured and specified as "ash (Na2O) content" in our product specification. Sodium acetate is generally recognized as safe (GRAS). However it is a source of "acetic acid (vinegar smell) generation" during heating. It is also known as a catalyst to accelerate thermal decomposition of PVOH.

This technical newsletter explains the effect of sodium acetate on acetic acid generation and the thermal stability (yellowing of products).

Kuraray has a unique technology to provide especially designed low ash grades.

 

 

 

 

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news-58 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:16:10 +0100 Kuraray at TCT Japan in Tokyo, Japan: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-tct-japan-in-tokyo-japan-launch-of-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=bdb8089509f65bad7f8a701da6444393 Hattersheim am Main, January 18, 2019. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at TCT Japan – Tokyo, Japan January 30 – February 01, 2019.
MOWIFLEX™ as a biodegradable water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™.

Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing and injection molding.  

 


MOWIFLEX™ resolves support structures challenges of FFF/FDM based techniques.


About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists. Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.  

Press contact:
Dr. Moritz Baier
MOWIFLEX Team
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85379
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com 

 

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news-66 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 10:58:00 +0100 Kuraray and Merck extend collaboration to deliver pharmaceutical grades of PVA https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-and-merck-extend-collaboration-to-deliver-pharmaceutical-grades-of-pva/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=9ea8da104684500e2aa2cd6beb060ba6 Hattersheim: December 20, 2018. Kuraray today announced that it has extended its global collaboration with Merck to exclusively supply PVA for excipient use in solid, liquid and semi-solid formulated drug compounds.
KURARAY POVAL™ is the brand name of Kuraray’s globally produced polyvinyl alcohols (PVA). Due to its physical and chemical properties, KURARAY POVAL™ can be used in a wide-ranging field of applications and is a remarkably versatile polymer platform for use in developing drug formulations. “With more than 60 years of experience and extensive production and application expertise, we can tailor the properties of our PVA polymers precisely to our customers’ specifications”, says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray Europe GmbH. ”Our close and trusting relationships with our customers result in exceptional products and individual applications that meet today’s demanding standards.”

Kuraray’s manufacturing expertise, combined with Merck’s design know-how will result in the availability of a wide variety of PVA polymer grades for pharmaceutical application. These compounds, including ones with various new properties, can help tackle pharmaceutical challenges. For example, they can improve the controlled release (CR) of solid dosage forms and topically applied gels. The developments of this collaboration include injectable grades with very low levels of specific impurities.

The agreement will provide a steady supply of PVA polymers, so Merck can continue to develop solutions to help customers in the pharmaceutical industry solve new challenges and deliver effective drug therapies to patients. Biodegradable PVA polymers form the backbone of several of Merck’s high-value, state-of-the-art products for formulation and drug delivery such as Parteck® MXP excipient for hot melt extrusion. These polymers are also the basis for numerous pharmaceutical-grade developments in the company’s excipient pipeline.


Due to its physical and chemical properties, KURARAY POVAL™ can be used in a wide-ranging field of applications and is a remarkably versatile polymer platform for use in developing drug formulations.

Source of photos: Kuraray


About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 680 million. It has 680 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™.

Kuraray Europe also has about 180 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

 

Press contacts:

Dr. Bettina Plaumann
Head of KEG Communications & Marketing
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85797
E-Mail: Bettina.Plaumann(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu

Julian Rudolf
Wortwahl – Agentur für Unternehmens- und Onlinekommunikation
Bahnhofstraße 123
63263 Neu-Isenburg
Tel.: +49 6102 36678-16
E-Mail: rudolf(at)wortwahl.de
Internet: www.wortwahl.de

 

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news-56 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:09:40 +0100 Kuraray at Formnext in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-formnext-in-frankfurt-am-main-germany-launch-of-new-mowiflexTM-3d-2000-filament-for-3d/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8e14fa291bb407a4cae17f76b9098fe1 Hattersheim am Main, November 08, 2018. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at Formnext – Frankfurt am Main, Germany November 13 – 16, 2018.
MOWIFLEX™ as a biodegradable water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™.

Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU). About MOWIFLEX™: MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, frac balls, etc.



MOWIFLEX™ resolves support structures challenges of FFF/FDM based techniques.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.  

 

Press contact:
Dr. Moritz Baier
MOWIFLEX Team
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85379
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com 

 

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news-54 Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:38:33 +0200 Versatility champion celebrates 60th anniversary: KURARAY POVAL™ is entering new markets and stepping up customer focus https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/versatility-champion-celebrates-60th-anniversary-kuraray-povalTM-is-entering-new-markets-and-step/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8dd577a8586a2efe7dc87de5fbc495d4 KURARAY POVAL™ is 60 - and now the world's largest PVOH producer is entering new markets with products such as MOWIFLEX™ and customer-specific solutions.
Hattersheim, October 25, 2018. Speciality chemicals corporation Kuraray is the world's largest producer of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH). Now its PVOH Business Unit is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new strategic focus. Thanks to materials like MOWIFLEX™, which is used, for example, as a support filament in 3D printing, KURARAY POVAL™ is extending its reach to new markets. In addition, this “versatility champion” is stepping up its customer focus by offering customised solutions. Moreover, increased capacity and new acquisitions in the USA will ensure that Kuraray maintains its position as a leading supplier of this thermoplastic material in the future.

“Kuraray is now the world's largest producer of PVOH. 60 years ago we were one of the first producers of this thermoplastic material, making us a pioneer in this sector,” says Bernd Frischbier, Vice President of the Poval Resin Business Area. “Increased capacity and new acquisitions in the USA will ensure we keep our leadership position in the future.” The PVOH Business Unit at Kuraray, a global leader in speciality chemicals, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has its European headquarters in Hattersheim, Germany, is introducing a new strategic focus to mark this anniversary. “Demand for products tailored to specific applications is growing fast. In the future, we will therefore be working even more closely with our customers and developing products with individual properties,” explains Bernd Frischbier. “We are also entering completely new markets with innovative solutions such as MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000.”

MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000: Poval is conquering 3D printing
MOWIFLEX™ is a polyvinyl alcohol-based polymer blend that is used, among other things, as a water-soluble support material in 3D printing. “With our new MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 we are currently entering the 3D printing filament market,” says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. “That is a completely new field of application for PVOH.” MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 has excellent printing properties and enables the production of complex structures, even those containing moving parts, in one piece. After printing, the MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 support structures can easily be dissolved in water. The dissolved material is biodegradable so it can be disposed of conveniently through normal wastewater systems.

3D printing is just one of the many new fields of application for KURARAY POVAL™. The physical and chemical properties of this polyvinyl alcohol resin make it suitable for use in the paper, textile and construction industries and in ceramics, face masks, packaging and electronics. “The potential of this ‘versatility champion’ is nowhere near exhausted,” says Heiko Mack. “In future, we will be using this advantage to develop even more customer-specific solutions.” For instance, products tailored to specific applications and sectors can be produced by varying saponification and viscosity. For example, KURARAY POVAL™ markets variants with a very low methanol content for the cosmetic industry. The product range also includes special low-ash grades for fine ceramics.

From pioneer to market leader in the PVOH business
Kuraray started to produce PVOH in 1950, initially as a precursor for the manmade fibre Vinylon. Commercialisation of KURARAY POVAL™ started in 1958. That was a success story: in response to rising demand and new product variants, Kuraray increased capacity. The construction of a new production facility in Singapore and the acquisition of the PVOH business of Clariant AG in 2001 made Kuraray the world's leading producer of polyvinyl alcohol. “Over the years, we have successfully established KURARAY POVAL™ in a very demanding market,” says Bernd Frischbier. “Our strategic refocusing will enable us to build on that position in the future.”

 

Kuraray is the world’s largest producer of PVOH. Now this “versatility champion” is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Thanks to further expansion of capacity and recent acquisitions in the USA, Kuraray is strengthening its position as one of the leading producers of this thermoplastic material.

From paper and adhesives to the electronics industry: thanks to its special properties, KURARAY POVAL™ is used in many different sectors. The aim of the strategic refocusing is to offer even more customer-specific solutions in the future - and enter new markets with products like MOWIFLEX™ for 3D printing.


Support structures that can be washed away: the PVOH-based polymer blend MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 is Kuraray's first product for 3D printing. This filament can be used to produce support structures for demanding shapes and simply dissolved in water after printing.

 

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 660 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has 180 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Group, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has around 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

Press Contacts

Dr. Bettina Plaumann   
Head of KEG Communications & Marketing   
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4   
65795 Hattersheim am Main, Germany   
Phone: +49 69 305 85797    Tel.: +49 6102 36678-22
Email: Bettina.Plaumann(at)kuraray.com    
Internet: www.kuraray.eu    

Christopher Kampfmann
Wortwahl – Agentur für Unternehmens- und Onlinekommunikation
Bahnhofstraße 123
63263 Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Email: kampfmann(at)wortwahl.de
Internet: www.wortwahl.de

 

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news-50 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 11:48:13 +0200 Price Revisions for PVOH resin https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/price-revisions-for-pvoh-resin/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e1910c934610fc08b15cbeed9936a6a7 Kuraray announces its decision to upwardly revise the prices of Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) resin, for shipments commencing July 1, 2018. Details of the revisions are given below.
Increasing feedstock price and utility cost recently have increased the costs to produce these materials. It is necessary to fully recover a portion of these increases immediately.

  1. Scope of revision: Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) resin KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™ and EXCEVAL™
  2. Effective date: Shipments on or after July 1, 2018
  3. Scope of revision and price increase
RegionPrice Increase
Japan ¥ 30/kg
Asia-Pacific US$ 250/ton
North America, South America US$ 250/ton
Middle East & Africa US$ 250/ton
Europe EUR 200/ton

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news-48 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:58:37 +0200 Kuraray partners with 3D Printer Manufacturer Ultimaker https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-partners-with-3d-printer-manufacturer-ultimaker/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=42d8ccee104d2fa42edb0efce5751ea7 Collaboration Aims to Meet Growing Demand for Engineering Materials for Professional 3D Printing
Hattersheim, April 24, 2018. Kuraray Europe today announced a partnership with Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing. This collaboration is an alliance program to enable high level engineering plastics and composites on Ultimaker machines.

According to IDC, the global spending on 3D printing technologies is expected to reach nearly $12 billion in 2018. As 3D printers become more popular in the enterprise, there is an increased need for materials that can be used throughout the entire product development cycle. Kuraray will bring its extensive knowledge to generate and maintain material profiles so that customers can reliably use the materials on Ultimaker 3D printers.

By combining Kurarays own material knowledge with Ultimaker’s insights, KURARAY POVAL will generate and maintain material profiles optimized for printing on an Ultimaker machine. This gives enterprise users access to a broader scope of professional applications and it allows them to print automatically using preconfigured settings available in Ultimaker Cura.

“High quality 3D prints are the result of an optimized alignment of hardware, software and materials. The alliances formed with these global chemical companies opens up the use of the most sophisticated engineering plastics on Ultimaker printers, allowing the customers of the chemical companies and Ultimaker to fully embed 3D printing in their existing workflows,” said Jos Burger, CEO of Ultimaker. “With the alliances more 3D printing users are getting access to sophisticated materials for all kinds of use cases in different segments and industries.” MOWIFLEX™ Kuraray’s water-soluble support material plays an important role here.

 

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

Media contact:
Dr. Moritz Baier
Manager Thermoplastic Processing
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85397
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com

 

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news-46 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:31:57 +0200 Kuraray at Rapid + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-rapid-tct-in-fort-worth-texas-launch-of-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=89194c85d301b728993a5a06cd730dd3 Hattersheim am Main, April 13, 2018. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at Rapid + TCT - Fort Worth, Texas April 24 - 26, 2018.
MOWIFLEX™ as a biodegradable water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™.

Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).


About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.


Press contact:
Massimo Bricchi
MOWIFLEX Team Kuraray

Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +39 02 96766201
E-Mail: Massimo.Bricchi(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com 

 

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news-44 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:30:12 +0200 KURARAY POVAL at the Specialty Papers Europe https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-poval-at-the-specialty-papers-europe/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=eb4614994194896c65f36aba8a8afbe4 Hattersheim, April 09, 2017. Kuraray will again this year be present at the Smithers Pira Specialty Papers Europe event in Cologne Germany. The event will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of April in the Pullmann Hotel Cologne.
Take the opportunity to meet up with our experts at our exhibition booth. You can also listen to Ken Kumakis (Head of TS&D) interesting presentation about Barrier Coatings based on high-performance Polyvinyl Alcohol Technology by Kuraray, on the 24th April at 3:45pm.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

Press contact:
Ken Kumaki
Head of TS&D Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 6201
E-Mail: Yosuke.Kumaki(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com

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news-42 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:16:17 +0200 Kuraray to exhibit numerous product lines at American Coatings Show https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-to-exhibit-numerous-product-lines-at-american-coatings-show/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=40b3c98769e6696eca5e019686625593 HOUSTON – Kuraray America, Inc. (Kuraray) will showcase several products within its chemical, polymer and elastomer technology businesses at the 6th annual American Coatings Show (ACS) in Indianapolis, Ind., April 10-12.
At ACS, Kuraray will highlight several of its product lines, including:

  • Polyvinyl alcohol – As the first entity in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) synthetic fiber to market, Kuraray has numerous PVOH-based resins it will highlight at the ACS show. Some of the most prominent include KURARAY POVAL™ and ELVANOL™, known for their excellent film formation, emulsifying power, and adhesion to substrates. With a wide range of hydrolysis levels, stable quality, low ash and VOC content, they are used throughout a variety of industries. One specific resin on display will be ELVANOL LPE703, a new grade of water-soluble PVOH. Kuraray will also educate attendees on other polymers including:

    • EXCEVAL™, the company’s brand name for special water-soluble, ethylene vinyl-alcohol (EVOH) copolymers. This fine-grained, free-flowing white powder is transparent, strongly adheres to metal and is resistant to organic chemicals. It is used frequently in barrier coatings of film, paper, and other substrates from an aqueous solution.

To learn more about Kuraray’s product portfolio and see custom samples up close, visit Booth 2355 during the show.

 

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news-40 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:19:32 +0100 Kuraray at MECSPE in Parma, Italy: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-mecspe-in-parma-italy-launch-of-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=2496a1c1e1bc4df0e1cbbb740a4455f5 Hattersheim am Main, March 20, 2018. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground-breaking water-soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at MECSPE - Parma, IT March 22 - 24, 2018.
MOWIFLEX™ as a biodegradable water-soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold-water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high-quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEXTM.

Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 760 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 100 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

Press contact:
Dr. Moritz Baier
MOWIFLEX Team
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85379
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray.eu 


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news-37 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:14:50 +0100 Kuraray at TCT Asia in Shanghai: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-tct-asia-in-shanghai-launch-of-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d0e3f90c4e63930341727fe4706f78a4 Hattersheim am Main, February 19, 2018. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at TCT Asia in Shanghai, CN, from March 1-3, 2018.
MOWIFLEX™ as a water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEXTM. Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

 

About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, sausage casing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 660 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has 180 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists. Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Group, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has around 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

Press contact:
Dr. Moritz Baier
MOWIFLEX Team
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 305 85379
E-Mail: Moritz.Baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray.eu


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news-35 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:31:43 +0100 KURARAY POVAL ™ - Ceramic Binder: Low ash polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) grades are now available directly from the manufacturer, Kuraray Europe GmbH https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-poval-TM-ceramic-binder-low-ash-polyvinyl-alcohol-pvoh-grades-are-now-available-direct/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d7e944d6126448e3b3e48821e9d569e8 Hattersheim, November 16, 2017. As from January 2018 Kuraray will take over the direct sales of KURARAY POVAL ™ for use as a temporary binder in the ceramics industry.
Ceramic materials require a high quality binder during the production process. KURARAY POVAL ™ is a low-ash polyvinyl alcohol grade binder that provides high green strength, low viscosity and very low ash levels. As from January 2018, Kuraray will distribute the temporary ceramic binder KURARAY POVAL ™ directly to end customers.

In the production of technical ceramics, the binder plays a decisive role: it must ensure the appropriate viscosity of the liquid ceramic slip and exhibit a high green strength in the cold-pressed mold. In addition, the binder should burn without residue during the firing process. Kuraray, one of the world's leading specialty chemicals companies based in Hattersheim am Main, offers polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) as a temporary ceramic binder with the KURARAY POVAL ™ grades - including low-ash variants. "As of January 2018, Kuraray will be distributing the various KURARAY POVAL grades directly to the ceramics industry," explains Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray.

Higher green strength and reduced energy consumption
KURARAY POVAL ™ serves as a temporary binder and softener for ceramic compounds. Thanks to its special properties, KURARAY POVAL ™ is particularly suitable for technical ceramics. They are used in a number of areas within the ceramics industry for example, automotive, mechanical engineering and medical technology. They find use in spark plugs, filters, electronic components and in computer chip capacitors. KURARAY POVAL ™ has several advantages in use, the required quantity is lower than with common binders and demonstrates very high green strength: The special ceramics retain their shape when not fired, even during shaking and transport between the processing steps. In the sintering process, the binder shows minimal shrinkage and decomposes at the end into the constituents water and carbon dioxide. In addition, KURARAY POVAL ™ ensures a liquid ceramic slurry with very low
 
viscosity, which makes processing more efficient. Due to this low viscosity significantly less water must be evaporated later during firing. This significantly reduces energy consumption.


KURARAY POVAL ™ for use as a ceramic binder is now sold directly by Kuraray and has the following advantages:

  • Available in different viscosities, each with different properties - including particularly low-ash LA types
  • Areas of application: automotive industry, mechanical engineering, medical technology, etc.
  • Low binder content
  • Very low ash content
  • Reusable and therefore less waste due to breakage Smooth burnout profile
  • Low shrinkage during sintering.


About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 660 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic
microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has 180 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.

Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Group, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has around 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

 

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news-33 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0200 Kuraray at TCT formnext in Frankfurt am Main: New MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-tct-formnext-in-frankfurt-am-main-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4b89cbe2c6f94fc7beaf46b111e88321 Hattersheim am Main, October 23, 2017. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at TCT formnext in Frankfurt am Main, Germnay, from November 14 - 17, 2017.    
MOWIFLEX™ as a water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™. Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 660 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has 180 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists. Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Group, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has around 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

 

Press contact at Formnext Show:
Dr. Moritz Baier
MOWIFLEX Team
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +49 69 30585379
E-Mail: moritz.baier(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray.eu 

 

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news-29 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:35:44 +0200 Kuraray announces that it will increase the prices of KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™ https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-announces-that-it-will-increase-the-prices-of-kuraray-povalTM-elvanolTM-excevalTM-and-m-1/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ed9ae55d0bf2dc49f5aa67b364f778ad Kuraray announces that it will increase the prices of KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™ up to US$ 300/ton (see details below). This increase will take effect December 1, 2017, or as contracts and commercial agreements allow.
   

  1. Scope of revision POVH resin KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™
  2. Effective date: Shipments on or after December 1, 2017
  3. Scope of revision and price increase
RegionPrice Increase
JapanJPY 30/kg
Asia-PacificUS$ 300/ton
North America, South AmericaUS$ 300/ton
Middle East & AfricaUS$ 300/ton
EuropeEUR 300/ton


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news-26 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0200 Kuraray at TCT Show in Birmingham: New MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-at-tct-show-in-birmingham-new-mowiflexTM-filament-for-3d-printing/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b25219219204d7d607f3d002873373a8 Hattersheim am Main, September 26, 2017. Kuraray is launching a new 3D printing filament manufactured under the MOWIFLEX™ brand offering a ground breaking water soluble support material technology to 3D printing. The company is presenting the development at TCT Show in Birmingham, UK, from September 26 - 28, 2017.
MOWIFLEX™ as a water soluble support material for 3D printing shows excellent printability and cold water solubility combined with low moisture absorption from the atmosphere. This enables printing of complex structures, even including moving parts, in one piece and high quality print using FFF (fused filament fabrication) technology.

After printing is complete, the support structures can be easily dissolved in water, which can be conveniently disposed to drain due to the biodegradable nature of MOWIFLEX™. Our latest development allows for faster dissolving and better adhesion to various materials (e.g. PLA, PA, PVB, TPU).

About MOWIFLEX™:
MOWIFLEX™ is a water soluble thermoplastic material based on PVOH made by Kuraray. The lineup include grades for various applications like 3D printing, injection molding, frac balls and diverting agents.


Captions/Source images: Kuraray

[Image 1] Caption:
MOWIFLEX™ resolves support structures challenges of FFF/FDM based techniques.


About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2016 the company generated annual sales of over EUR 600 million. It has 660 employees in Germany at its sites in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf. Kuraray is a global speciality chemicals company and one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has 180 employees at six other European sites. They are also working on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials for a wide range of sectors, including the automotive, paper, glass and packaging industries, as well as for architects and dentists.
Kuraray Europe is a wholly owned subsidiary of the publicly listed Kuraray Group, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has around 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.

Press contact at the show:
Massimo Bricchi
Regional Marketing Manager
MOWIFLEX Team
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Tel.: +39 02 96766201
E-Mail: massimo.bricchi(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu

 

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news-22 Mon, 15 May 2017 09:00:00 +0200 Kuraray announces that it will increase the prices of KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™ https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-announces-that-it-will-increase-the-prices-of-kuraray-povalTM-elvanolTM-excevalTM-and-m/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f530967834ddb19fee64fa255229b744 Kuraray announces that it will increase the prices of KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™ as detailed below. With the continued global rise in the prices of crude oil, naphtha and utility cost, it has now become necessary for us to reflect these increases in the prices of the above mentioned products. This increase will take effect June 1, 2017.  

 

  1. Scope of revision POVH resin
    KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™
  2. Effective date:  Shipments on or after June 1, 2017  
  3. Scope of revision and price increase

 

 

RegionPrice Increase
JapanJPY 10/kg
Asia-PacificUS$ 100/ton
North America, South AmericaUS$ 100/ton
Middle East & AfricaUS$ 100/ton
EuropeUS$ 100/ton

 

 

 

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news-18 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00:00 +0100 Kuraray announces that it will increase the price of KURARAY POVAL™, EXCEVAL™ and ELVANOL™. https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/kuraray-announces-that-it-will-increase-the-price-of-kuraray-povalTM-excevalTM-and-elvanolTM/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1b0c84a400fc84961e3fde327140ad3b Kuraray announces that it will increase the price of KURARAY POVAL™, EXCEVAL™ and ELVANOL™ as shown in the table. This increase will take effect April 1, 2017.  

With the global rise in the prices of crude oil, naphtha and utility cost, though Kuraray has been making continuous efforts to reduce costs, it has now become difficult for us to absorb the increased cost coming from the rise in the prices of raw materials and fuel. Under these circumstances, we now have to implement a price adjustment in upward direction.”

AreaPrice Increase
Asia PacificUSD100/MT
North AmericaUSD100/MT
South AmericaUSD100/MT
Middle East & AfricaUSD100/MT
EuropeEUR100/MT
JapanJPY10/kg

 

 

 

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news-14 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 +0100 New KURARAY POVAL™ grade available https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/new-kuraray-povalTM-grade-available/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=149a40eef22b88e4a8b33b5b4fc4295b Hattersheim am Main, 02 February, 2017 − Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is now launching a new KURARAY POVAL™ grade for the emulsion and adhesive market, further enhancing its comprehensive PVOH product range.  

Hattersheim am Main, 02 February, 2017 − Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is now launching a new KURARAY POVAL™ grade for the emulsion and adhesive market, further enhancing its comprehensive PVOH product range:   

KURARAY POVAL™ 50-92

 

Grade nameViscosityDegree of hydrolysisNon-volative content(%)Ash content (%)pH
50-9247.0-53.091.5-93.597.5 ± 2.5≤ 0.54.5-7.0


KURARAY POVAL™ -  Polyvinyl alcohols made by Kuraray  

KURARAY POVAL™ is the brand name for the polyvinyl alcohols produced at the Kuraray Group's sites globally. The portfolio of KURARAY POVAL™ homopolymers is supplemented by a wide range of speciality copolymers. Kuraray Europe is responsible for marketing KURARAY POVAL™ in Europe and Africa.

 

About Kuraray:

The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 8,300 employees and annual sales of about EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 800 employees. Kuraray is one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres and an international leader in the development and use of innovative high-performance materials for many industries.

For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu

 

 

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news-6 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:41:34 +0200 Two new KURARAY POVAL™ Grades available https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/two-new-kuraray-povalTM-grades-available/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b80a21b46c0df1ae844e1443b2e40907 Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is pleased to announce two new KURARAY POVAL™ grades for the market, further enhancing our comprehensive PVOH product range.  

Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is pleased to announce two new KURARAY POVAL™ grades for the market, further enhancing our comprehensive PVOH product range:  

KURARAY POVAL™ 3-83

KURARAY POVAL™ 56-88

 

Grade nameViscosityDegree of hydrolysisNon-volative content(%)Ash content (%)pH
3-832.5-3.580.4-84.897.5 ± 2.5≤ 0.54.5-7.0
56.8852.0 - 60.086.7-88.797.5 ± 2.5≤ 0.54.5-7.0


KURARAY POVAL™ -  Polyvinyl alcohols made by Kuraray  

KURARAY POVAL™ is the brand name for the polyvinyl alcohols produced at the Kuraray Group's sites globally. The portfolio of KURARAY POVAL homopolymers is supplemented by a wide range of speciality copolymers. Kuraray Europe is responsible for marketing KURARAY POVAL in Europe and Africa.

 

 

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news-2 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 19:56:00 +0200 Kuraray celebrates 90th anniversary https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/lorem-ipsum-dolor-sit-amet-1/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=54ae2014ac7cf2efe12e0832e6d66409 Kuraray Europe GmbH congratulates with 90-years-landing-page.  

Artificial silk known as rayon was the yarn that started to spin the success story of Kuraray. 90 years have passed since the stock exchange listed Japanese company was founded on June 24, 1926. To mark this day, Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) has created a 90-years-landing-page which summarizes the highlights of nearly a century of corporate history.  

The first German representative office opened in 1965. Today KEG is located in Hattersheim am Main running additional sites in Köln-Troisdorf und Frankfurt am Main.
“Our 90th anniversary is a good time to review our achievements of the past years – and to look into the future“, says Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, executive manager of KEG.

Pioneering spirit – the basis for global success
Kuraray’s success is strongly related to its pioneering spirit. It was the first company in the world to develop a technology for the mass production of polyvinyl alcohol (KURARAY POVAL®).  From a base of polymer and synthetic chemistry, the Kuraray Group has built a unique and advanced system of technologies by fusing related technologies and expertise. Today Kuraray products can be found in many areas of daily life: in paper, textiles, packaging materials, printing inks, paints, adhesives, water-soluble films and technical ceramics. Under the Trosifol® brand name Kuraray produces PVB films for laminated safety glass for automotive, architecture and solar glass applications.

Important pillars: environmental protection and safety
Growth and responsibility go hand in hand at Kuraray. As a chemical company, Kuraray is committed to the principles of Responsible Care and aware of our responsibility for future generations. That includes the safety of employees, avoiding the environmentally harmful consequences of industrial production, reducing energy consumption inside facilities and developing new products and technologies that protect the environment.

Visions that come alive
Kuraray sets high standards to itself and aims at providing unique, innovative products that help find solutions to global challenges and improve the quality of life. Developing new products and applications and moving into new areas of business have high priority at Kuraray. However, the company does not only focus on business success but also regards itself as part of the society and accepts its social responsibility. The company actively engages in a wide range of activities that contribute to the well-being of communities: In Europe this includes collaborations with schools, universities and other educational institutions, supporting the Christmas in a Shoebox gift campaign as well as the participation in the Malteser Social Day.

Employees first
From its beginnings Kuraray cared for its employees. In the 1920’s the first president Magosaburo Ohara prepared decent dormitories for young workers and also prepared fitness facilities and kindergartens. Today it is the main objective of Kuraray Group Global Human Resources (HR) to ensure that each employee can work in a way which leads to personal growth. This includes the promotion of diversity, fostering of human resources, fair evaluation of performances, as well as establishing a healthy corporate culture.

One thing is for sure: Kuraray will continue to pursue its corporate mission for the following 90 years.

All the best and happy birthday!


Please visit the 90-years-landing-page: http://www.kuraray.eu/en/90-years-of-kuraray/
 

About Kuraray Europe
The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 8,300 employees and annual sales of about EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 800 employees. Kuraray is one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibers and an international leader in the development and use of innovative high-performance materials for many industries.
For further information, please visit www.kuraray.eu.

     

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news-3 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:28:00 +0200 Kuraray America Celebrates Opening of KURARAY POVAL™ Plant in Southeast Texas https://www.kuraray-poval.com/news/detail-view/news/trosifol-extra-strong-from-kuraray-now-with-german-dibt-approval/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=31bbe7dbbdd34607f1447c47cc4171b3 HOUSTON – Today, Kuraray America, Inc., a global leader in specialty chemical, fiber and resin production, celebrates the grand opening of its new, $300 million, 81-acre, green-field KURARAY POVAL™ plant in Pasadena, Texas. The opening of this plant further distinguishes Kuraray Co., Ltd. as the largest producer of polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) in the world.  

“Today is an exciting opportunity for Kuraray America, Inc., as we continue to increase our footprint within the Bayport area. Adding the KURARAY POVAL™ site to our portfolio will only ensure continued growth for our company and provide our customers with the ability to purchase product from a truly global scale,” said Bob Chvala, Vice President and General Manager of the PVOH Business Unit for Kuraray America, Inc.
 
The new KURARAY POVALTM plant will produce 40,000 metric tons of PVOH annually and employ a total workforce of nearly 100 employees (54 Kuraray employees and 40 contract personnel). Kuraray America, Inc. employs over 400 people in the Houston area, with 3 additional plant sites and the Americas headquarters located in the region. KURARAY POVAL™ is used in a wide range of industries, including paper, textile, emulsion, PVC, construction, adhesives, and films.
 
“With the opening of our new KURARAY POVALTM plant today, we are providing additional, needed supply to our customers around the world,” said George Avdey, President and CEO of Kuraray America, Inc. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication to safety of our Kuraray employees in opening this plant, we can offer product from around the world, further enhancing our global resources and supply.”
 
Kuraray America, Inc.’s grand opening festivities were infused with Japanese customs, including a samurai sword ribbon cutting, Daruma painting of the eye and a Kagamiwari (sake barrel) ceremony. Executives from Kuraray Co., Ltd.’s Japanese headquarters, including President and CEO Masaaki Ito, participated in the ceremonies.
 
Production of PVOH has already started at the new plant. PVOH is a unique, functional resin that Kuraray Co., Ltd. first industrialized in the 1950s. KURARAY POVAL™ has a variety of characteristics such as superior adhesive strength, film formation, emulsifying properties and oil-resistant abilities. The polymer’s water solubility is its most distinct characteristic, along with its ecological advantage of being biodegradable. The physical and chemical properties of KURARAY POVALTM make it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including adhesives, paper, ceramics and films.

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