News Blog

Our corporate blog contains interesting reports on the World of Kuraray and how we make the world a little better.
It is a colourful mixture of employee reports and up-to-date news items. Regular visits are worthwhile:
there is plenty to discover!

           

Wanna run with us?

If you are an avid runner, it might be because Kuraray elastomers like HYBRAR ™ are, among others, responsible for the cushioning properties in your running shoes…
   
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"Everyone is open and very helpful"

To work in the Höchst Industrial Park one day – as a child that was what Meltem Yildirim could well imagine. "My grandpa used to be a chemist at Hoechst AG," she says. The 23-year-old business informatics student became informed about Kuraray on the Internet and has applied for a work-study program. "I was happy that it actually worked out." She has now been part of Marco Zimmermann’s OBS/Mechanical/Reliability team since the end of 2016 and feels completely at ease. "I really enjoy it. The colleagues are all nice and helpful, and it’s a great working environment."
   
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Invisible protection

Trosifol® films are made of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) and are used, for example, as interlayers for laminated safety glass in vehicles. In the event of an accident, glass splinters stick to the film and protect the occupants from injuries. The rather ‘milky”-looking films become clear and transparent in the course of the glass manufacturing process.
   
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"Here I can really work independently"

As part of his study of process engineering in Hamburg, Yannick Gahler has already done an internship at the Höchst Industrial Park and was employed as a working student at Clariant and Celanese. "In connection with the Bachelor's thesis I wanted to get to know other companies and applied to Kuraray," says the 23-year-old Frankfurter. "I was pleasantly surprised at how welcoming the company responded. Everything went well, and now I am here and feel very comfortable."
   
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Kuraray Europe GmbH is one of Germany’s best training firms in 2017

The results of a study commissioned by Focus and Focus Money – in which Germany’s 5,000 biggest employers were asked about their training quality – are in. A total of 413 companies were recognized, and Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG), was among 12 companies awarded the "Test Winner" title for the chemical industry…
   
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"I enjoy my job every day"

To enter a new company again at 62 – now that’s really something out of the ordinary. But why?

Since January of this year Emilia Scholl has been working for Kuraray in BU Medical Products as  Assistant for Technical Services, and is very happy to have taken this step. "I think it's great to have been given this opportunity and I do my best every day. I can learn a lot from my younger colleagues – and vice versa”, says the likeable Philippine woman…
   
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"No, I did not have to make coffee."

An internship can be a lot - with Kuraray you get an insight into the tasks in the respective department and can also try to deal with topics filled with responsibility. Admittedly, cleaning up storage can also come with the territory. But let’s ask someone who just finished an internship here: Moritz Ehlert has completed a 6-week internship in Organizational Development & Communications…
   
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“Kuraray Welcome Day”, because not every beginning has to be hard…

During their onboarding, new KEG staff members are able to build up a colleague network beyond their departmental duties and get an idea of what the company is all about at the annual" Kuraray Welcome Day"…
   
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Intercultural differences or what does it mean when Japanese nod?

Despite training, not only our Japanese colleagues experience cultural differences. Also our German colleagues stationed e.g. at our European headquarter in Hattersheim (KEG) need to reflect when working with Japanese colleagues. Our colleague, Anna Fokerman, from the Clarino division, has made her experiences: "For example, I initially thought that when Japanese colleagues nodded it was because they understood me. But instead it meant they were listening!" She could then deepen this knowledge in an intercultural seminar as part of KEG's performance management…
   
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Intercultural differences or how is it really to work with us Germans?

The Kuraray Group is a globally operating Japanese specialty chemicals company. At all sites worldwide, Japanese colleagues, so-called expats, work together with their local colleagues. The idea behind this – in addition to talent development – is the promotion of a common understanding as well as an intensive exchange of experiences. We asked some Japanese colleagues what differences they think exist between the Germans and Japanese – at work and at play…
   
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In almost all LCD screens around the world there’s a little bit of Kuraray!

"I did not think that I was actually surrounded Kuraray products almost everywhere," is a typical statement from our applicants. However, one of our products is probably in your hands or in front of your eyes every day: KURARAY POVAL® film is a basic element in the polarization films of all popular LCD screens. This makes Kuraray the world's largest supplier of polyvinyl alcohol for optical applications…
   
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„Together we…“ − our new employer branding campaign

“Together we - make the world a little better” is the new claim that Kuraray is using to attract prospective employees in Europe. “The aim of our new campaign is to highlight our focus on employees, which is very important at KEG,” explains Karl-Heinz Michel, who is in charge of Human Resources. “And in case you're wondering - it’s not a typing error! We deliberately chose an incomplete sentence as our headline to attract interest in what we have to offer.” And Kuraray has plenty to offer!
   
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Is you car “winterproof” already?

Winter is approaching – including slick and icy road conditions. Now reliable high-quality winter tyres are in demand. Tyres with Kuraray Liquid Rubber make the winter a little safer as adding Kuraray Liquid Rubber to the rubber blend greatly reduces braking distance and improves grip on wet roads. How does this work?
   
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