90 years of Kuraray:
90 years of actively creating our future

90 years have passed since Kuraray was established on June 24th,1926 in Kurashiki with the aim to commercialize and manufacture artificial silk known as rayon. 90 years in which we actively created the future with new and unique materials.

In the beginning, the company’s business essentially developed around fibers and textiles. In 1950 the company achieved a corporate milestone as the first in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol synthetic fiber to the market. In subsequent years we used our proprietary technology in the areas of polymer and synthetic chemistry to engineer a number of high-performance resins such as EVAL™ and KURARAY POVAL®. This helped us gain an internationally competitive edge based on which we expanded our operations in the field of chemicals.

This year Kuraray celebrates its 90th anniversary and that’s the time to reflect on the past and look towards the future. To honor this milestone, we highlight Kuraray’s roots and spirit as well as it’s innovations and people.


In this video the executive managers of Kuraray Europe GmbH, Yoshiki Kuroki and Matthias Gutweiler, talk about Kuraray’s past, present and future, and portray the company both from an international and an European point of view.


Kuraray’s roots date back to 1926, when its founder Magosaburo Ohara established and formed the company. His and his successors’ spirit is still alive and is reflected in Kuraray’s mission and values.
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Our commitment to creativity has generated a long line of completely new and unique products by harnessing the power of chemistry. Many of our products have become an integral part of people's lives.
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By now generations of employees are engaged at Kuraray in Europe. What’s their impression of Kuraray? Two of them – a senior one and a trainee – report how they have experienced the the company and what they like best.
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This "Sending School Backpacks Across the Sea" story reveals the Kuraray spirit: we are not only producing outstanding high-performance materials to improve people’s lives but also engage actively in a wide range of activities that contribute to the well-being of communities.
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9 Kuraray employees congratulate their company on its 90th anniversary and share some moments of their work life at Kuraray.
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