Kuraray Europe GmbH https://www.kuraray.eu/ en_GB Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:42:35 +0100 Thu, 14 Nov 2019 18:42:35 +0100 news-291 Wed, 30 Oct 2019 11:49:16 +0100 Kuraray and IMCD: partnership for cosmetic applications with KURARAY POVAL™ LV-grades https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/vertraegliche-polyvinylalkohole-fuer-die-kosmetikindustrie-kuraray-und-imcd-starten-partnerschaft/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=364c49d27aad559e172d3a05c02a0940 Kuraray and IMCD have entered into a strategic alliance to make polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) available as an excipient ingredient for cosmetic applications. KURARAY POVAL™ LV are specially designed for the cosmetic industry and comes with an adapted regulatory brochures / dossiers. The LV grades have a specified Methanol (MeOH) content of
The partnership between Kuraray and IMCD for cosmetic application serves the markets in Europe, Africa and the Americas. IMCD will take the lead on all commercial and technical activities in this area.

IMCD is a leading international distributor of a comprehensive range of additives, actives, and functional and sensorial ingredients, suitable for any field of personal care IMCD can develop customized solutions for clients in individual countries, utilizing their considerable international expertise.

IMCD extensively experienced team of scientists continuously analyze market trends to develop new innovations and solutions. Their in-depth knowledge and insight enable them to provide a range of value-added services that will deliver exactly what you require.

While developing new ingredients and cosmetic applications they can also offer a range of other services to meet your specific needs, including:

  • Problem solving
  • Formulation guidelines
  • Production of sample prototypes

If you wish to discuss further KURARAY POVAL™ for cosmetic applications, please do not hesitate to contact IMCD:

Christopher Tronche
International Product Manager
IMCD Personal Care
Email: christopher.tronche(at)imcd.fr 
Phone: +33 (0)1 49 33 32 00


Captions/source of photos: Kuraray


"The new LV grades of our PVOH brand Kuraray Poval have a very low methanol content," says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. "This allows the cosmetics industry to develop better formulations. And in terms of sales and technical support, users benefit from many years of experience from our partner IMCD, one of the leading distributors of personal care products."


About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2018 the company generated annual sales of EUR 690 million. It has approximately 700 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 200 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 company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of EUR 4.8 billion.


Dr. Bettina Plaumann
Head of KEG Communications & Marketing K
uraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4 6
5795 Hattersheim am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 305 85797
Email: Bettina.Plaumann(at)kuraray.com 
Internet: www.kuraray.eu 

 

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news-289 Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:00:00 +0200 New HYBRAR™ SV-series: Excellent damping performance – even at high temperatures https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/neue-sv-series-von-hybrar-perfekt-gedaempft-auch-wenns-heiss-wird/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d4d7c438fcb65f588f52053d6d9d0666 The new triblock copolymers in Kuraray's HYBRAR™ SV-series ensure optimum damping of noise and vibrations at high temperatures — ideal for use in vehicles
Hattersheim, October 2019. Modern vehicles are expected to be lighter and quieter. Therefore, the automotive industry needs materials that effectively dampen strong vibrations and noise - even in demanding conditions. Kuraray, a leading speciality chemical producer, is introducing a new series of its HYBRAR™ brand of high-performance triblock copolymers. The glass transition temperature of these materials is above room temperature, so they have optimum damping properties in applications at elevated temperatures up to 80 °C. The HYBRAR™ materials are compatible with various plastics such as polyolefins, polystyrene and ABS. To achieve excellent damping properties over a wide temperature range, various HYBRAR™ types can be combined to produce materials that meet the required specifications.


“There are already many materials with very good noise and vibration damping properties at room temperature and in the low temperature range. However, in vehicles in particular, there are many areas where temperatures are higher, That’s where such materials tend to reach their limitations,” says Jan Sebastian Weber, Senior Sales Manager at Kuraray. “The new SV-series of our HYBRAR™ styrene block copolymers is a unique group of materials whose glass transition temperature is above room temperature. ” HYBRAR™ SV-series 7119 and SV-series 7318 are hydrogenated products with very good damping properties at elevated ambient temperatures. HYBRAR™ SV-series 7119 grades have excellent noise and vibration damping properties at temperatures between 40 °C and 80 °C. At 40 °C, HYBRAR™ SV-series 7318 significantly dampens frequencies between 1 and 100,000 Hertz.

Noise and vibration damping across a wide range of frequencies
The HYBRAR™ brand of styrene block copolymers (SBC) have polystyrene end-blocks and a polydiene mid-block with a high vinyl content. HYBRAR™ has a far higher tan δ peak than conventional styrene block copolymers. In addition, the various grades cover a wide frequency range – from very low frequencies such as the resonance of car bodies to very high frequencies caused by friction between glass components. These properties allow ideal absorption of various types of noise and vibration. HYBRAR™ is heat and weather-resistant and highly suitable for use in challenging conditions.

A special structure: ideal for many different purposes
Due to their special structure, these materials can be used in blends with polyolefins, polystyrenes and acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) copolymers. This allows the production of compounds with damping properties tailored specifically to different applications. In the automotive industry, for example, applications include vehicle interiors, cooler grilles, shock absorbers and gaskets. At temperatures between 20 °C and 60 °C, a 10 percent addition of HYBRAR™ SV-series 7319 to ABS materials results in a significant increase in the loss factor value at a frequency of 2,000 hertz. An addition of 10 percent HYBRAR™ SV-series 7119 achieves the maximum loss factor value in a temperature range of 40°C to 80 °C.

“Noise reduction is becoming increasingly important when designing modern vehicles. Quieter engines, for example in electric vehicles, make rattling and squeaking far more audible,” says Jan Sebastian Weber. “Combining various HYBRAR™ types enables processors to produce materials with ideal damping properties over a very wide temperature range. Our new HYBRAR™ SV-series extends our broad product portfolio so users can obtain damping even at elevated temperatures.” In addition to the automotive sector, damping properties of HYBRAR™ are used in a wide variety of other areas — for example, in sports equipment, grips on tools, electronic appliances and in construction and architecture.



Captions/source of photos: Kuraray



[Photo 1] A unique structure for a wide variety of applications: Kuraray's HYBRAR™ triblock copolymers have polystyrene end-blocks and a polydiene mid-block with a high vinyl content. That makes them ideal for blends — for example with polyolefins, polystyrene or ABS. Even adding a small amount of the new HYBRAR™ SV-series copolymers significantly improves the damping properties of ABS at elevated temperatures.

 



[Photo 2] From golf clubs for high performance applications to electric engines: HYBRAR™ offers a range of damping materials for a wide variety of applications — from cars to golf clubs. Properties such as good mouldability and high heat and weather resistance make HYBRAR™ from Kuraray the product of choice for many different applications. The new materials in the HYBRAR™ SV-series extend the applications of this product range to elevated temperatures.

 

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2018 the company generated annual sales of EUR 690 million. It has approximately 700 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 200 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 company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of EUR 4.8 billion.

 

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
Email: Bettina.Plaumann(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu

Christopher Kampfmann
Wortwahl – Agentur für Unternehmens- und Onlinekommunikation
Bahnhofstraße 123
63263 Neu-Isenburg, Germany
Phone: +49 6102 36678-22
Email: kampfmann(at)wortwahl.de
Internet: www.kuraray.eu

 

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news-287 Tue, 03 Sep 2019 08:00:00 +0200 Trosifol® Thin Film is rebranding as Mowital® Thin Film: A new name for a PVB film with enormous bonding strength https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-duennfilm-wird-zu-mowital-duennfilm-neuer-name-fur-pvb-film-mit-enormer-bindekraft/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8a3423b2ea2ed6131ba52bd22e4483a0 Thanks to its unique bonding strength, Trosifol® Thin Film adds enormous stability to complex composite materials – the PVB material is now available under a new name: Mowital® Thin Film Hattersheim, September 2019. Kuraray, one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals manufacturers, is now offering its high-performance polyvinyl butyral (PVB) thin film under the name Mowital® Thin Film. Up until now, the film material has been available as Trosifol® Thin Film. With this rebranding, Kuraray is further expanding its Mowital series and consoledating its entire range of technical PVB materials under the trade name. Mowital® Thin Film is used for laminating various materials and its binding power gives complex multilayer composites and prepregs enormous stability over the long term. Production processes and all regulatory information remain valid even after the rebranding.

“By rebranding our PVB Thin Film, we are making our product portfolio even more transparent for our customers,” says Jörg Bruss, Director of Global Business for Technical PVBs at Kuraray. “Mowital is a strong global brand when it comes to technical polyvinyl butyrals. Our PVB thin film now complements the brand core by adding further applications for composite materials and thermoplastic prepregs.” Under the trade name Trosifol, Kuraray will continue to sell high-quality film materials for laminated safety glass applications in the architecture, automotive and photovoltaic sectors.

Ideal material for many layers, pressure and temperature
Mowital® Thin Film is a PVB-based film material. Thanks to its excellent bonding strength, the product is ideal for laminating a wide variety of materials – including glass, metal, ceramics, polymer fibers and polyurethane (PU) foam. As a thermoplastic intermediate layer, the material adds excellent stability to materials such as multilayer composites. In addition, Mowital® Thin Film is suitable for the production of thermoplastic prepregs. These textile fiber matrix semi-finished products are cured under pressure at temperatures of up to 160° Celsius. They can be used in the manufacture of compact composite materials that require a very high technical load-bearing capacity and lightness – for example in aerospace, motor sports and wind turbine rotors.
 
This rebranding makes Mowital® Thin Film the newest member of the Mowital brand. Under this trade name, Kuraray offers numerous PVB materials in the form of powders, granulates and now also on films. With their specific butyral, hydroxyl and acetal groups, these materials are ideally suited to their respective applications. Mowital® is compatible with many polymers and solvents and is ideal for a broad spectrum of applications, from paints and printing inks, to adhesives, ceramics, films, 3D printing filaments, and construction applications.

New name, the same first-class quality and processes
“Of course, our production processes and high quality standards remain first- class, even with the new name. What’s more, all the regulatory information remains valid,” explains Jörg Bruss. “Until the name change is fully completed, the two names Trosifol® Thin Film and Mowital® Thin Film will accompany us together for a while, for example on product packaging. We plan to keep this transitional period as short as possible for our customers.”

Captions/photo source: Kuraray




[Photo 1] New name for a strong film: Kuraray’s PVB thin film is now available under the name Mowital® Thin Film. The material, previously available as Trosifol® Thin Film, is based on the PVB materials of the Kuraray brand Mowital. This is now also reflected in the name. Production processes and quality remain first-class even with the new name.




[Photo 2] Extra strong for light-weight applications: With its excellent bonding strength, Mowital® thin-film is ideally suited for the production of compact composite materials that require a very high technical load-bearing capacity and lightness - for example in aerospace, motor sports and wind turbine rotors (photo).




[Photo 3] “By rebranding our PVB film as Mowital® Thin Film, we are making our product portfolio even more transparent for our customers,” says Jörg Bruss, Director of Global Business for Technical PVBs at Kuraray. “The unique properties of Mowital® Thin Film complement our strong technical PVB materials brand by adding applications for composites and technical prepregs.”

About Kuraray
Europe GmbH was founded in 1991, and is based in Hattersheim near Frankfurt am Main. In 2018, the company generated annual sales of over EUR 690 million. The company has around 700 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 polymers and synthetic microfibers for many sectors of industry. Its top product ranges include KURARAY POVAL, Mowital, Trosifol and CLEARFIL. The company also has 200 employees at six other European sites that 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 Japanese company Kuraray Group, based in Tokyo, and has more than 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4.8 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 
Website: 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-285 Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:02:00 +0200 Kuraray at K 2019 in Düsseldorf: Sustainable materials for a greener future https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-k-2019-in-duesseldorf-nachhaltige-materialien-fuer-eine-gruenere-zukunft/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fa58b97d21b6af6a9d704b442594b97e Speciality chemicals manufacturer Kuraray is exhibiting the recyclable barrier resin EVAL™, SEPTON™ BIO-series TPE raw materials, PLANTIC™, CLARINO™, MonoSol, Mowital®, SEPTON™, HYBRAR™, KURARITY™, KURARAY POVAL™, MOWIFLEX™ and GENESTAR™ in Hall 7a, Booth D06 at K 2019. Hattersheim/Düsseldorf, August 2019. Sustainability and environmental protection are key topics for the plastics and rubber industries. Modern materials have to be produced sustainably and be biodegradable or recyclable. At the same time, they have to meet the high demands made by industry, for example, on mechanical strength. At K 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany, on October 16-23, 2019, Kuraray, one of the world's leading speciality chemicals producers, is presenting its extensive range of brands - EVAL™, SEPTON™ BIO-series, PLANTIC™, CLARINO™, MonoSol, Mowital®, SEPTON™, HYBRAR™, KURARITY™, KURARAY POVAL™, MOWIFLEX™ and GENESTAR™ - in Hall 7a, Booth D06. Materials like the new EVOH copolymer EVAL™, which is readily recyclable, and the bio-based TPE SEPTON™ BIO-series are unique materials that combine performance with sustainability.

“As one of the leading speciality chemicals producers, we have a special responsibility to pay attention to the environment,” says Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe. “Therefore, we are stepping up our focus on sustainability in the development of new materials and the optimisation of our own processes. At K 2019 we are showcasing our wide range of innovative materials such as the sustainable bio-based barrier material PLANTIC™ and our SEPTON™ BIO-series of bio-based TPE raw materials.” This speciality chemicals producer is presenting its wide range of environment-friendly, high-performance materials at K 2019 in Düsseldorf Germany, the world's leading specialist trade show for the plastics and rubber industries, from October 16-23, 2019. At booth D06 in Hall 7a, Kuraray's experts will be providing information on the following products:

  • The SEPTON™ BIO-series – A range of highly elastic bio-based TPE raw materials with very good flow ability and adhesion, good grip performance and better damping properties than conventional hydrogenated styrene block copolymers.
  • EVAL™ – The new EVOH copolymer grades are even easier to recycle thanks to their low ethylene content that allows lower thicknesses. As packaging materials, they protect food optimally to prolong shelf life.
  • PLANTIC™ - This biopolymer is 80 percent starch. Its outstanding oxygen barrier facilitates high-performance packaging that is completely biodegradable.
  • Monosol – This PVA film is biodegradable and dissolves completely in water. It can be used as a substitute for single-use plastic packaging in many applications to reduce plastic waste.
  • CLARINO™ Suede – This sustainable, animal-friendly alternative to leather is produced using a particularly environment-friendly process without any animal-based products.
  • MOWIFLEX™ – These water-soluble polyvinyl alcohols biodegrade within a short time in fresh water - a fact confirmed by TÜV Austria. They are suitable for environment-friendly applications from 3D printing to the lost-core process.

In addition, at K 2019 Kuraray’s experts will be providing information on the company's wide range of other high-performance materials such as HYBRAR™, with its outstanding vibration damping and shock absorbent properties and the acrylic block copolymer KURARITY™, which has excellent purity, making it especially suitable for use in light guide applications. Moreover, visitors can find out about the exceptional strength of GENESTAR™ polyamide resin, which is particularly suitable for automotive connectors because of its heat resistance. “In Düsseldorf, we are also presenting the granulated grades of our Mowital™ poylvinylbutyrate (PVB) materials, which are especially suitable for 3D printing, and Mowital® Thin Film, which makes composites highly stable,” says Jörg Bruss, Director of Global Business, Technical PVB at Kuraray.

Below you will find more detailed information on the sustainable polymers SEPTON™ BIO-series, EVAL™, PLANTIC™, MonoSol, CLARINO™ Suede and MOWIFLEX™, which Kuraray is showcasing at K 2019 in Düsseldorf, together with photos:

Bio TPE based on sugar cane: a better performance with less crude oil
“SEPTON™ BIO-series, based on natural, renewable resources, is a new addition to our range of TPE materials. As one of the leading suppliers of TPE, we are responding to rising demand from industry for more sustainable materials,” says Jan-Sebastian Weber, Senior Sales Manager at Kuraray. “This hydrogenated styrene farnesene block copolymer (HSFC) is particularly easy to process thanks to its very good flow ability and adhesion. It does not require any additional plasticisers and has a broader damping range than conventional hydrogenated styrene block copolymers (HSBC).” SEPTON™ BIO-series materials are based on β-farnesene, a renewable monomer derived from sugar cane. In fermentation processes, proprietary yeast strains convert the sugar into β-farnesene. The TPE raw materials are ideal for applications in adhesives, sealants, gels, films, and soft compounds and are used with their unique grip performance in the manufacture of handles, for example for sports equipment.

Simple recycling of multi-layer plastic packaging
EVAL™ EVOH copolymer resin creates an impermeable layer for use in co-extrusion and co-injection processes. Its high-performance oxygen barrier properties make it an optimum packaging material, for example for dry foods such as coffee and dehydrated milk: it keeps out gases such as oxygen and keeps in the flavour of the food. It maintains its barrier properties even after heat treatment and can be used for retort packaging as a substitute for materials like glass, aluminium or tin. In addition, there are advantages in the recycling process: adding 10 percent PP-EVOH recycling material from industrial sources to recycled PCR-PP or PCR-HDPE from domestic refuse collections did not affect food-safe cleaning, further processing or the physical properties of the recyclables compared to PCR-PP or PCR-HDPE alone. This addition corresponds to 5 times the proportion currently detectable in the recycling of PP materials. “We are presenting a completely new grade of our EVAL™ EVOH copolymer at K 2019,” says Hiroyuki Shimo, President of Kuraray Eval Europe. “Its particularly low ethylene content facilitates the development of more easily recyclable multi-layer structures. It therefore makes an important contribution to more efficient use of resources.”

Fully sustainable: biodegradable starch-based barrier material
“Kuraray's PLANTIC™ is a unique alternative barrier packaging material that is geared entirely to sustainability,” says Stefan Corbus, Market Development Engineer at Kuraray. “Since it is more than 80 percent starch and is produced from renewable raw materials that have not been genetically modified, the optimised carbon footprint and biodegradability of this biopolymer minimise its environmental impact.” It acts as an excellent barrier to atmospheric oxygen, making it ideal for packaging sensitive foods such as coffee and snacks as well as dry animal feedstuffs. As a 50 µm thick monolayer film, PLANTIC™ can be laminated to various materials. For example, in combination with paper it can be used to produce fully biodegradable packaging. Since PLANTIC™ is soluble in water, laminates with non-biodegradable materials are easy to separate for simple and safe recycling.

Edible films to reduce pollution
“Our MonoSol brand of water-soluble PVA films has revolutionised the detergents industry,” says Yash Parulekar, Senior Manager, Global Product Stewardship at Kuraray. “Leading consumer goods manufacturers use these films, for example, for laundry and dishwasher pods. We are exhibiting our new edible films at K 2019. Uses include packaging for protein and meal replacement shakes, food colorants, spices, cooking oil, pasta, rice, oats and flour.” The films produced using MonoSol technology dissolve completely in water, are biodegradable and do not cause impurities in recycling chains or pollute the environment with microplastics. Their outstanding barrier properties and superior sustainability profile make them an ideal substitute for many single-use plastic packaging materials. In addition, the films can be used in personal hygiene and cosmetic products such as shampoos, conditioners and soap.

Animal and environment-friendly: completely solvent-free man-made leather
CLARINO™ Suede is a sustainable alternative to leather. It is produced without any animal-based products. This suede-look microfibre nonwoven is water-borne and production is animal and environment-friendly. In addition, CLARINO™ Suede is highly versatile: this heat-resistant product can be embossed and printed. “Our new range of sustainably produced CLARINO™ Suede man-made leather has been available since the start of 2019,” says Sophie Oehler, Marketing Assistant at Kuraray. “Available in 60 shades, CLARINO™ Suede maximises flexibility when designing luxury fashion accessories such as bags - and also reduces environmental impact.”

PVA for lost-core and 3D printing processes: biodegradable and water-soluble
“Our MOWIFLEX™ polyvinyl alcohols (PVA) are ideal for thermoplastic processes such as film extrusion and injection moulding,” says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. “These materials are soluble in water and biodegradable. That makes them an environment-friendly solution for the production of hollow shapes in the lost-core process. They can also be used for professional 3D printing.” MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 support filament allows the production of precise support structures for 3D printing of filigree and overhanging structures. After printing, it can simply be washed off with water, without leaving any contact marks on the object. That ensures optimum printing results. MOWIFLEX™ is fully biodegradable in fresh water within a short time, meets the requirements of ISO 14851 and can be disposed of conveniently in an environmentally compatible manner through normal wastewater systems. That is confirmed by the “Vinçotte OK biodegradable” certificate awarded by TÜV Austria.

 

[Photos 1 and 2] High grip-performance based on sugar: the TPE raw materials in the SEPTON™ BIO-series are produced sustainably from β-farnesene obtained from renewable sugar cane. Thanks to its good flow ability, adhesion properties and wide damping range, this material is superior to conventional thermoplastic elastomers in many applications.

[Photo 3] EVAL™ offers advantages in recycling: adding 10 percent PP-EVOH recycling material from industrial sources to recycled PCR-PP or PCR-HDPE from domestic refuse collections does not affect food-safe cleaning, further processing or physical properties compared to PCR-PP or PCR-HDPE alone.


[Photo 4] Completely sustainable packaging: PLANTIC™ biopolymer is biodegradable and contains more than 80 percent renewable starch. Its excellent barrier performance keeps out oxygen and makes sure the flavour and aroma of coffee, snacks and sweets stay inside the packaging.


 

[Photos 5 and 6] Water-soluble and edible films reduce packaging waste: applications for the MonoSol brand of PVA films include water-soluble detergent pods (photo left). At K 2019 Kuraray is showcasing its new edible films produced from this water-soluble, biodegradable PVA. These films can be used to package spices, oil and protein shakes (photo right).



[Photo 7] Versatile, environment-friendly and animal-friendly: CLARINO™ Suede from Kuraray is a sustainable alternative to leather. This man-made leather is produced from start to finish using an environmentally friendly process without any solvents. It is available in 60 shades to maximise flexibility when designing luxury fashion accessories such as bags.


[Photo 8] Sustainability from 3D printing to lost core: MOWIFLEX™ PVA materials from Kuraray are water-soluble and biodegrade in cold water within a short time. That is confirmed by the “Vinçotte OK biodegradable” certificate from TÜV Austria. The materials can be used in many thermoplastic processing methods. MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 is used as a support filament in 3D printing, allowing the production of complex, filigree and overhanging structures.

 

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2018 the company generated annual sales of EUR 690 million. It has approximately 700 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 200 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 company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and has more than 10,000 employees worldwide and sales of EUR 4.8 billion.

Press contacts at K 2019:

Robin Conrad
Marketing & CRM
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Phone: +49 69 305 85933
E-Mail: robin.conrad(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.elastomer.kuraray.com


Contacts for trade press inquiries:

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 
www.elastomer.kuraray.com


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-283 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 08:00:00 +0200 Kuraray Noritake Dental files a patent infringement lawsuit in Germany to protect its layered ceramics technology https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-noritake-dental-files-a-patent-infringement-lawsuit-in-germany-to-protect-its-layered-cerami/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=86fe3029e604b293db46f31d9d5c7a43 Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. (President: Kiyoyuki Arikawa), with its head office in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, is convinced that a German manufacturer of components for medical ceramics is infringing Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.'s European Patent No. 2024300. This patent protects a method for manufacturing layered ceramics. On August 5th, 2019, Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against this company and its two general managers with the Düsseldorf District Court. Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. requested the court to enjoin the company from selling its multi-layered zirconia discs and to award damages for past infringing activities.

In 2012, Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. launched a multi-layered zirconia disc with smooth gradations between the layers, called "KATANA™ Zirconia". The multi-layered structure has been achieved by taking advantage of a proprietary coloring technology and optimizing the amounts of pigments contained in the product. This product also delivers fine accuracy of adaptation, which has been achieved by precisely controlling the shrinkage factor of each layer. It is possible to use a KATANA™ Zirconia disc to fabricate a full-zirconia restoration with gradations realistically simulating tooth shades from the cervical (gum) area to the incisal edges in a simple milling machine operation. In 2015, Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. released a new KATANA™ Zirconia series with a high level of translucency that resembles human enamel closely, thus expanding the application range of the product as an esthetically pleasing form of dental restoration. Multi-layered zirconia discs have been sold worldwide and have contributed greatly to the development of dental treatment around the world.

Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. believes that its intellectual property rights are important management resources. Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. makes it clear that if it finds that any of their intellectual property rights have been infringed, it is committed to handling the matter by appealing for strict application of the relevant laws.

 

Overview of Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. 

Company name Kuraray Noritake Dental. Inc.
Head Office 1-1-3, Otemachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 100-0004, Japan
Representative Kiyoyuki Arikawa, President
Capital 300 million yen (66.7% by Kuraray Co., Ltd. and 33.3% by Noritake Company Limited)
Established October 1, 2001 (The company was established as Kuraray Medical Inc. in 2001 and the name was changed to the current name in 2012.)
Line of business Dental adhesives and filling materials, dental crown and bridge resin, dental ceramics, dental plaster, dental CAD/CAM devices and materials

 

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news-281 Mon, 15 Jul 2019 16:22:15 +0200 Sustainable, capable, unique: Kuraray is one of Germany’s innovation leaders https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/nachhaltig-leistungsfaehig-einzigartig-kuraray-gehoert-zu-deutschlands-innovationsfuehrern/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f38748606941bc83bcae51c667ffcfba Kuraray in Germany is one of Germany's innovation leaders according to the F.A.Z. newspaper, IMWF and Prognos
Frankfurt/Hattersheim, July 2019. Kuraray is constantly setting new standards in the chemical sector with its high-performance materials, technologies and applications. Now this speciality chemicals producer, which has its European headquarters in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, has been awarded the distinction of ranking among Germany's innovation leaders in an evaluation undertaken by the daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), in collaboration with the IMWF institute for management and economic research and the Prognos market research institute. Kuraray aims to make the world a little better with its sustainable products, for example, for packaging, high-performance materials for high-tech applications and solutions for new production technologies such as additive manufacturing

“As one of the world's leading producers of speciality chemicals, our goal is to develop products that help our customers solve today's challenges. Our barrier materials, which contribute to sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging solutions, are an excellent example,” says Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe. “Being included in Germany's innovation leaders is evidence of the high standard of our research and development work.” The market research company Prognos assessed the innovative strength of 33,000 companies throughout Germany on behalf of the F.A.Z. and IMWF. The evaluation was based on criteria such as the number of international patent applications filed in the past ten years, the influence of patents on other inventions, and collaboration with industry and research organisations in Germany. Only around 10 percent of the companies assessed met the stringent criteria. Kuraray is among the award-winners.

Innovative materials for industry – from the automotive sector to fashion
Kuraray’s innovative materials are used in many sectors and technologies, for example in high-performance coatings and structural adhesives in the automotive industry, in the production of functional ceramics for microelectronics, and as speciality materials for the construction industry. The company's research and development frequently addresses new technologies. For instance, its water-soluble support filament MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 is a unique material that allows the production of complex shapes in outstanding quality on 3D printers. In addition, Kuraray offers speciality materials for medical applications, cosmetics and the sports and textile sectors.

When it comes to innovative strength, this speciality chemicals company places high demands on itself. “Sustainability is a key topic at Kuraray. Therefore we are increasingly focusing on reducing pressure on the environment when we develop new materials and optimise our own processes,” explains Naoya Uehara, Co-Managing Director of Kuraray Europe. “One example is SEPTON™ BIO. This thermoplastic elastomer is based on β-farnesene, a renewable monomer obtained from sugar sources such as sugar cane. This bio-based block copolymer is characterized by its excellent material properties. Through our ideas, we aim to make the world a little better in the future.”

 


Kuraray is one of Germany's innovation leaders: in collaboration with the market research institute Prognos, the F.A.Z. newspaper evaluated the innovative capability of 33,000 companies. Only about 10 percent - including Kuraray - meet the high criteria for this accolade. Kuraray’s high-performance materials frequently set innovative standards in the chemical industry. Sustainability is a key element.
Source of photo: Kuraray

 


Innovation to improve sustainability: careful use of natural resources is important to Kuraray when developing new materials. One example is Plantic™ biopolymer [produced by PLANTIC™ Technologies Limited (a member of the Kuraray Group)]. Renewable starch makes up over 80 percent of this biodegradable barrier material. Its high barrier properties keep oxygen out of packaging and maintain the flavour and aroma of the contents - for example, coffee, snacks and sweets.
Source of photo: Kuraray



Better grip with sugar: Better grip with sugar: SEPTON™ BIO is another example of Kuraray's innovative and sustainable solutions. This thermoplastic elastomer, which is based on β-farnesene obtained from sugar sources such as sugar cane, is characterized by its excellent material properties - such as excellent wet and dry grip performance, strong and stable adhesion force across a wide temperature range and good processability.
Source of photo: Kuraray

 

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2018 the company generated annual sales of EUR 690 million. It has approximately 700 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 200 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 EUR 4,8 billion.

 

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


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


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news-279 Wed, 26 Jun 2019 17:11:41 +0200 Kuraray´s TROSIFOL business expands SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer production at Holešov, in the Czech Republic. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erweitert-trosifol-business-mit-sentryglasR-zwischenlagen-im-tschechischen-holesov/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1243b7f2ddbc3fdeed086e840afced91 On January 23rd this year the first SentryGlas® rolls came off the newly constructed line at Kuraray’s production site in the Czech Republic. Built in just one year, the new facility passed factory acceptance testing in October 2018. Since the purchase of DuPont’s GLS, PVB and SentryGlas® interlayer business in 2014, this site has belonged to Kuraray and until recently specialized exclusively in the production of recycled PVB film. "The new project represents a special opportunity for the site. This expansion also supports the total business growth strategy in the laminated glass market, especially “in the structural glazing segment," emphasizes Steve Cox, General Manager of Kuraray’s worldwide PVB Division.

"The new SentryGlas® line 2 (SG-2) project is a chance for us to grow with “a unique product" explains Holešov site manager, Jakub Sýkora. The project was supported by Vladimir Babayan, process engineer, and experienced teams from Kuraray’s sites in Fayetteville, USA, and Troisdorf, Germany. Sýkora adds: "The dedicated project team is committed to meeting the high standards that apply to every Kuraray investment from the start – safety, quality, schedule and cost".

"This will not only expand the product portfolio available from the Holešov plant but will also create new jobs." reports Sýkora proudly. Thanks to the new production line, the number of employees at the Holešov site is rising by almost 50 percent. Some of the new operators will come from existing teams in Holešov combined with new hiring.

"With the geographic extension of SentryGlas® interlayer production to Europe we can better serve our customers. As the supplier of SentryGlas® ionoplast films we are now the manufacturer with the widest range of glass laminating interlayers worldwide and have become an essential partner for architects, planners and engineers as a source of products, innovation and support, states Reisuke Nakada, Global Marketing Director of the PVB Division.

Production is still in a trial period, but the interlayers already produced meet all current quality requirements. Indeed, in April, the first customers successfully qualified the new SentryGlas® rolls, commenting very favourably on the quality and flatness of the product.

The production capacity of the new line is sufficient to handle current sales volumes and allow for expected growth in demand in the coming years.  At the end of 2019 a new cutting table will be installed that will allow the material to be supplied in sheet form. The expansion also offers the future capability to add an additional line. Full commercial production is anticipated to begin in July, initially for the EMEA region, but extending in 2020 to customers worldwide.

 

Copyright © 2019 Kuraray. All rights reserved.
Trosifol®, SentryGlas® and Butacite® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its affiliates. The information, recommendations and details given in this document have been compiled with care and to our best knowledge and belief. They do not entail an assurance of properties above and beyond the product specification. The user of our products is responsible for ensuring that the product is suitable for the intended use and conforms to all relevant regulations. Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its affiliates do not accept any guarantee or liability for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions in this document.

Press contact:   
Reisuke Nakada
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Muelheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 2241 2555 202
Fax +49 (0) 2241 2555 7205
E-Mail trosifol(at)kuraray.com


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news-277 Mon, 17 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0200 Kuraray goes Amazon: water-soluble 3D printing filament now available online https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/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=ce855c79a4ee06fdc6e11bef758cf148 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-275 Wed, 22 May 2019 12:31:43 +0200 Top scores for apprentices and training: Kuraray ranked one of Germany’s best companies for vocational training https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/bestnoten-fuer-azubi-und-ausbildung-kuraray-einer-der-besten-ausbildungsbetriebe-deutschlands/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fe7d906fd1a2f6cf6e23ddc834a43813 Kuraray Europe ranked by IMWF, Deutschland Test and Focus Money as one of Germany's best companies for vocational training — Apprentice chemical production technicians among the best in their year
Hattersheim: May 22, 2019 Instructors and apprentices at Kuraray Europe have reason to be pleased: for the third year in succession this speciality chemicals producer with locations in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf has been singled out by the German institute for management and economic research IMWF, the news magazine Focus Money and the market research company Deutschland Test as one of the country's top companies for vocational training. Hard-working and motivated apprentices, committed instructors and a sustained vocational training concept focused on the needs of apprentices do not simply result in top scores in this ranking: once again, an apprentice chemical production technician from Kuraray was among the top-performing apprentices this year.

Susan Kolac-Lang, head of vocational training at Kuraray Europe, is delighted by Kuraray’s excellent results: “This is the third time Focus Money has ranked Kuraray as one of Germany’s top companies for vocational training. That shows that we consistently offer apprentices very good prospects as they enter the world of work.” IMWF conducts an annual survey of the training performance of Germany’s 20,000 biggest employers in 90 sectors, including the chemical industry, on behalf of the news magazine Focus Money and the market research company Deutschland Test. The ranking is based on factors such how successful apprentices are in their training courses and the remuneration and additional benefits they receive.

All-round training to prepare young people for work
“Germany's top companies for vocational training include 27 in the chemical sector,” reports Karl-Heinz Michel, head of Human Resources at Kuraray Europe GmbH. “We are ranked 15th, which is a very good position, ahead of many big names in our sector. That is due to a large extent to the staff who support our young people as instructors and buddies — and, of course, to the hard work of our apprentices.” At its three locations in Germany, speciality chemicals producer Kuraray trains young people as chemical production technicians, process mechanics, industrial mechanics, plant electronics technicians, chemical laboratory technicians and industrial administrators.

Kuraray uses an all-round training concept
“We do not simply want to make sure our apprentices are fit for work by giving them the necessary knowledge and experience; we also aim to support their personal development,” says Susan Kolac-Lang. Alongside instructors and external training partners, apprentices at Kuraray are supported by buddies who they can turn to with questions, concerns and suggestions. Every shift has two or three of these volunteers.

Kuraray apprentice among the top chemical production technicians
That is a recipe for success: “Many of our apprentices are so highly motivated that they complete their training faster than prescribed, often with very good results,” says Susan Kolac-Lang. “Once again this year, at least one of our newly qualified chemical production technicians will be invited to the celebration held by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce to honour the top achievers. He has completed his training in just two-and-a half years, with an excellent mark of 96 percent – we are very proud of him.”

For further information on vocational training at Kuraray visit Kuraray's website www.kuraray.eu/karrierre or the training platform www.azubiyo.de. As well as up-to-date information on vacancies for apprentices, you will find profiles of apprentices at Kuraray, background articles and a self-test to help you find out which course best fits your aptitudes.


 

Kuraray’s apprentices are integrated into the company from the beginning. Along with other members of staff, they take part in voluntary community projects such the Malteser Social Day and sports activities like the JP Morgan corporate challenge in Frankfurt and the Bonn corporate race.


About Kuraray

Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2018 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, Germany
Phone: +49 69 305 85797
Email: Bettina.Plaumann(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu 
www.elastomer.kuraray.com


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


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news-273 Wed, 24 Apr 2019 08:00:00 +0200 “We create innovative packaging materials with barrier coatings to fight plastic waste” https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/wir-schaffen-innovative-packmittel-gegen-wachsende-plastikmuellberge-mit-barrierebeschichtungen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4faa8cb72d89cb6f0a6f75174bf21f9d 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-271 Tue, 26 Mar 2019 10:39:55 +0100 Kuraray at in-cosmetics global 2019: Cosmetic ingredients for perfect care and longer lasting products https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-in-cosmetics-global-2019-isopentyldiol-fuer-perfektes-pflegeerlebnis-und-laengere-ha/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=db624d4190ec5e68ff49e7774c9dcc62 At in-cosmetics global 2019 (booth P72), speciality chemicals producer Kuraray is showing how environmentally friendly isopentyldiol improves the user experience of toiletries and cosmetics - and also extends their shelf life.
Hattersheim/Paris, April 2019. Toiletries and cosmetics are expected to make us look fresh and natural, feel pleasant on our skin, and be easy to use. Besides being free of health risks, they must have good tolerability and retain their consistency over time. Kuraray, one of the world's leading speciality chemicals producers, is therefore exhibiting its environment-friendly, multi-purpose cosmetic ingredient isopentyldiol (IPD) at in-cosmetics global 2019 in Paris from April 2 - 4. At this trade show in Paris, Kuraray's experts will demonstrate how IPD greatly improves the effect of preservatives in personal care products and make-up - to ensure longer-lasting products that feel great on the skin and have lasting hygiene properties.

Consumers want toiletries and cosmetics that give them a perfect user experience: they have to feel good on the skin, ensure simple and even application, have good tolerability and lasting hygiene properties. To create products that meet these demanding requirements, the cosmetics industry needs substances with special properties, for example, to give make-up the consistency that allows absolutely even application. From April 2 - 4, Kuraray is presenting its environment-friendly, all-round cosmetic ingredient isopentyldiol (IPD) at in-cosmetics global 2019 in Paris, the world's leading trade show for suppliers to the cosmetic industry. Visit Kuraray's specialists at booth P72 for information on how this colourless, odourless liquid gives toiletries and cosmetics pleasant properties and a natural appearance. It also improves the efficacy of preservatives.

Moisturising properties and durability booster
“Isopentyldiol can be combined with many ingredients used by the cosmetics industry and is already used in a wide range of applications. For instance, as a moisturizer and emollient , it makes sure products feel nice on the skin,” says Daniel Kinderf, BU Director EMEA. “New studies also show that IPD significantly enhances the effect of preservatives.” In combination with phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin and caprylyl glycol, IPD has a synergetic effect on preservation performance, which allows it to effectively challenge paraben technology. In this way, it helps ensure personal care products such as body lotion, sunscreen and deodorants have a longer shelf life and prevents the spread of harmful bacteria.

Isopentyldiol: for ideal properties - from make-up to toothpaste
Isopentyldiol (3-methyl-1,3-butane diol) is a colourless, odourless liquid produced by chemical synthesis. It is completely miscible with water. As a consequence of its unique properties, for example, excellent thickening and foaming properties, IPD is already used in a wide range of cosmetics and toiletries - from after-shave gels to toothpaste. In cosmetics such as liquid foundation, IPD ensures even application. It gives lipsticks and eye shadow lasting gloss effects. And in hair-care products, it helps repair damaged hair.

“IPD meets the high requirements set by the EU Chemicals Regulation. As well as being registered in Japan as a quasi-drug, it is registered in China,” reports Daniel Kinderf. “With its excellent tolerability and very good safety profile, isopentyldiol meets the requirements for demanding personal care and cosmetic applications. At in-cosmetics global 2019 we are showing how our product ensures optimum results in a wide range of applications.”

 


At in-cosmetics global 2019 Kuraray is showing how isopentyldiol significantly improves the effect of preservatives in toiletries and make-up. In combination with phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglygerin and caprylylglycol, this cosmetic ingredient increases the shelf life of products and ensures lasting safe use of body lotions, sunscreen and hand cream.
Source of photo: Kuraray



Isopentyldiol can be combined with many other ingredients used in the cosmetics industry. As a moisturiser, it ensures that toiletries feel pleasant on the skin. This colourless and odourless liquid makes sure that cosmetics and personal care products look natural, gives them the ideal consistency, and ensures even application of products such as foundations, lipstick and eye shadow.
Source of photo: Kuraray

About Kuraray
Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. In 2018 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.


Press contacts at in-cosmetics global 2019:
Daniel Kinderf
BU Director EMEA
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Mobile: +33 689 922 780
Email: Daniel.Kinderf(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu 

 

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news-269 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0100 Kuraray Noritake Dental concludes a patent license agreement with Ivoclar Vivadent https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-noritake-dental-concludes-a-patent-license-agreement-with-ivoclar-vivadent/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ec3a3836bd0afb655d7d5391f9bf8293 In February 2019, Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. (President: Kiyoyuki Arikawa), with its Head Office in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, concluded a license agreement with the Ivoclar Vivadent AG, whose Head Office is in Schaan, Liechtenstein. The agreement concerns a patented method for producing multilayered ceramics, European patent No. 2024300, held by Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.
<Summary of Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. ceramic business>
Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. launched the zirconia disc that has been commercialized through the use of our layered ceramic production method in 2012. The product has multi-layered structure with four different colored zirconia powders that feature a smooth transition of color gradation between layers. We took advantage of the dental ceramic coloring technology we had accumulated through the development of porcelains. Success was achieved in controlling the shrinkage of the layers by optimizing the amounts of pigments added, thereby achieving great accuracy in terms of adaptation. In 2015, we also launched a new series zirconia which has the high degree of translucency of natural tooth enamel and is suitable for the esthetic restorations of anterior teeth. In January 2018, zirconia block joined the zirconia family as our new solution for the fabrication of zirconia restorations. This new product achieves a well-balanced combination of appropriate mechanical properties and good esthetics with a short baking time. Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. is committed to developing new dental materials that contribute to the dental industry. Our products have become even more competitive on the global market because of our intense pursuit of technological innovation.

OVERVIEW OF KURARAY NORITAKE DENTAL INC.

Company name   
Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.

Head Office   
1-1-3, Otemachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo, 100-0004, Japan

Representative  
 
Kiyoyuki Arikawa, CEO

Capital   
300 million yen (66.7% by Kuraray Co., Ltd. and 33.3% by Noritake Company Limited)

Established 
  
October 1, 2001 (The company was established as Kuraray Medical Inc. in 2001 and the name was changed to the current name in 2012.)

Line of business 
  
Dental adhesives and filling materials, dental crown and bridge resin, dental ceramics, dental plaster, dental CAD/CAM devices and materials

 

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news-267 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 14:41:11 +0100 Kuraray at ECS 2019: Materials for premium surfaces and efficient coating processes https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-ecs-2019-materialien-fuer-hochwertige-oberflaechen-und-effiziente-beschichtungsprozes/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=75e4163e7f6a2b1e81a2f0fc7a8ed859 At the 2019 European Coatings Show, specialized chemical manufacturer Kuraray will present a new heat-resistant Mowital product and two high-molecular Poval materials with a unique viscosity in hall 1 at booth 1-454
Hattersheim/Nuremberg, March 2019. Inks, paints and coatings have a tough job: They provide protection against weather and oxidation, and give parts, products and packaging a custom look and special feel. Industries are placing ever stricter requirements on modern inks and surface materials. They have to be temperature-resistant and permanently elastic, offer good flow properties and also pose no health risks when used on food packaging. A world leading manufacturer of specialized chemicals, Kuraray will present its comprehensive range with the Mowital, Kuraray Poval and Liquid Rubber brands, including a new heat-resistant PVB material and two new high-molecular polyvinyl alcohols, at hall 1, booth 1-454 of the European Coatings Show (ECS) from March 19 to 21, 2019 in Nuremberg: Materials that make inks, paints and coatings even more efficient.

Crystal-clear, permanently elastic, resistant to weather and heat: Inks, paints and coatings have to meet ever growing requirements. Sectors such as the printing, packaging, automotive or mechanical engineering industries need powerful color systems and surface materials that protect their components, products and packaging and lend them a permanently brilliant color and luster. For modern coating processes, paints also have to offer good flow properties. And when it comes to printing food packaging, color systems must not pose any health risks. Kuraray offers high-performance materials suitable for a wide range of applications that enable ideal surface structures and efficient production processes. From March 19 to 21, 2019, the manufacturer of specialized chemicals will present its wide range of materials for inks, paints, adhesives and coatings at the 2019 European Coatings Show, the world-leading exhibition for the paint and coating industry, in Nuremberg. In hall 1, at booth 1-454, Kuraray experts will talk about:

  • Mowital, a wide range of PVB materials from Kuraray for versatile applications – including the new heat-resistant BA 55 HH with a unique rheology and viscosity

  • Kuraray Poval, the powerful PVA resin with outstanding technical and chemical properties – including two new highly molecular polyvinyl alcohols that give inks and paints superior flow characteristics

  • Liquid Rubber, the highly viscous synthetic rubber based on isoprene, butadiene and styrene, making high-performance paints and coatings permanently elastic – even at low temperatures


Binder for special requirements: heat-resistant and crystal-clear
Mowital polyvinyl butyrals offer excellent optical transparency – crystal-clear, similar to glass. Its high binding power makes Mowital an excellent binder for printing inks, paints and coatings. The PVB materials offer very good elasticity and are compatible with many polymers and solvents. With excellent adhesion and film formation properties, Mowital is ideal for thermoplastic applications. At the same time, it poses no health risks, meaning it can be used for food packaging. At the 2019 European Coatings Show, Kuraray will present a new polyvinyl acetal from its Mowital range. BA 55 HH features a unique rheology, which gives coatings and paints very smooth flow properties. In addition, the material is especially heat-resistant, making it ideal for use in stoving enamels and heat-sealable lacquers as well as thermoplastic glues.

Kuraray Poval polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) resins are characterized by unique physical and chemical characteristics – including outstanding film formation and barrier properties. Thanks to their excellent binding power, they are ideal as a binder for inks, paints and coatings. The PVA materials can be flexibly combined with a wide range of reaction partners, are water-soluble as well as biodegradable, pose no health risks and can even be recycled. At the 2019 European Coatings Show, Kuraray will present two new highly molecular polyvinyl alcohols featuring a much higher viscosity than similar materials that give paints and inks superior flow properties. Used as a post-additive, KP 200-88 KX SB achieves a very good shear-thinning behavior with optimal elasticity. KP 105-88 KX SB is an excellent protective colloid for highly viscous polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) dispersions. During polymerization, it cross-links very well with PVAc and ensures higher viscosity while requiring less materials than comparable substances. At the same time, KP 105-88 KX SB improves water resistance.

More about the new highly molecular polyvinyl alcohols from Kuraray Poval:
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, Dr. Samuel Michel, TS&D Poval at Kuraray, will discuss the advantages that KP 200-88 KX SB and KP 105-88 KX SB can offer vinyl acetate emulsion applications at the ECS Conference starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Seoul room, Nuremberg trade fair grounds.

The highly viscous synthetic rubbers from the Liquid Rubber (K-LR) series are colorless, transparent and nearly odorless, plus they have a very low VOC content. As a reactive plasticizer, the rubber materials lend coatings and seals permanent elasticity – even at low temperatures thanks to their low glass transition temperature (Tg). Available as liquid isoprene rubber (LIR) and liquid butadiene rubber (LBR), Liquid Rubber is also perfect for high-performance surface materials and sealants for the automotive and construction industries, as well as shipbuilding. Liquid Rubber features a substantially higher molecular weight than other comparable plasticizers – for non-residue processing and optimal quality. The synthetic rubbers are co-vulcanizable and reduce migration significantly, helping to retain their physical properties permanently. Another benefit: With Liquid Rubber, processing times can be shortened considerably. Additional applications include tires, belts, tubing and other rubber products and adhesives.



Materials for a brighter world: As a binder, Mowital polyvinyl butyrals lend inks and paints an excellent brilliance. The PVB materials are compatible with many polymers and solvents. Plus, they do not pose any health risks, making them ideal for printing food packaging. At the 2019 ECS, Kuraray will present a new heat-resistant Mowital product with superior flow properties for industrial coatings.
Source Foto: Kuraray


Excellent binding power and environmentally-friendly: Thanks to their unique physical and chemical properties, Kuraray Poval polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) resins are ideal for applications in a wide range of areas – from inks and paints, to the paper, adhesive, textile and construction industries. At the 2019 ECS, Kuraray will present two new highly molecular polyvinyl alcohols that give inks and paints superior flow characteristics.
Quelle Foto: Kuraray


Permanently elastic and highly durable: The highly viscous synthetic rubbers from the Liquid Rubber series from Kuraray give coatings, paints and sealing materials permanent elasticity – even at low temperatures. They are ideal for demanding surface materials, for example in the automotive industry or shipbuilding (shown left). Liquid Rubber ensures tires have the best grip and a longer service life (shown right).

 

Über 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 680 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 polymers and synthetic microfibers for many sectors of industry. Examples are KURARAY POVAL™, Mowital®, Trosifol®, Clarino™ 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 9,000 employees worldwide and sales of over EUR 4 billion.


Press contacts at the trade fair:

Irene Rupp
Marketing Coordinator PVB Technical Resin
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Phone: +49 69 305 85958
Email: irene.rupp(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.mowital.com

Heiko Mack
Head of Poval Business
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Phone: + 49 69 305-85343
Email: heiko.mack(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray-poval.com

Robin Conrad
Marketing Specialist
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main
Phone: +49 69 305 85933
Email: robin.conrad(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.elastomer.kuraray.com

 

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news-265 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:44:34 +0100 PLANTIC—a bio-based barrier material https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/aromen-und-umwelt-bestens-geschuetzt-kaffeeverpackung-mit-biopolymer-plantic-der-kuraray-group-fuer-b/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=7f0e483e8818fa979a01212a310f3cd6 Biodegradable Coffee Bean Packaging Made with PLANTIC Receives the Grand Prize from South Korea’s Green Packaging Awards
Biodegradable coffee bean packaging produced by SOFTPACK Co., Ltd. using PLANTIC, a product manufactured and sold by Plantic Technologies Limited (headquarters: Australia; President: Kenzo Okamoto), received the Grand Prize from South Korea’s 8th Green Packaging Awards, which are sponsored by that country’s Ministry of Environment and the Korea Environment Packaging Promotion Institute. A key feature in the package is the biodegradable barrier layer made by PLANTIC Technologies a Kuraray company based in Australia.

Overview of the Product and Reasons for the Award

  • PLANTIC is a high barrier, bio-based material made from starch. PLANTIC with its high oxygen impermeability, is used in packaging for fresh foods, including meat, poultry and fish. The high barrier performance of the PLANTIC material helps reduce food loss by maintaining food freshness, supporting both the food industry and environmental conservation.
  • Developed by SOFTPACK Co., Ltd. the biodegradable package is fast becoming a global solution for customers who are looking for a sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging solution. The high gas impermeability of the packaging ensures that the quality and flavor of coffee beans is preserved. PLANTIC is bio-based and biodegradable and can be disposed of with minimal environmental impact. Created with materials that also are biodegradable the total package is replacing other conventional packaging types that contain aluminum foil or similar materials.

Green Packaging Awards

  • The Green Packaging Awards accept public submissions and are sponsored jointly by the South Korean Ministry of Environment and the Korea Environment Packaging Promotion Institute.
  • Founded in 2011, the awards were initiated with the goal of highlighting eco-friendly packaging technologies and designs as well as to boost interest in preserving nature and saving resources.
  • Public submissions are separated into two categories: a general division for companies of all sizes and a student division for university students. With the recent rise in environmental awareness, this event has been garnering a lot of national attention.

Reference:

Overview of Plantic Technologies Limited

Name: Plantic Technologies Limited
Headquarters: Victoria, Australia
Representative: Kenzo Okamoto
Established: July 2001 (Acquired in April 2015)
Capital: 131 million AUD (100% owned by Kuraray)
Principal businesses:
Manufacture and sale of PLANTIC bio-based barrier films

 

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news-263 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 11:46:06 +0100 Kuraray at Première Vision 2019: Solvent-free man-made leather gives fashion designers more freedom https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-premiere-vision-2019-loesungsmittelfreie-kunstleder-bringen-modeschoepfern-mehr-freih/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1798e6002fbb85bff51a58ca2e1e59d7 Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray is exhibiting its sustainable, versatile man-made leather collections Clarino™ Crust, Tirrenina™ Nubuck, amaretta™ Nubuck and Clarino™ Suede at Première Vision in Paris (Hall 6, Booth 6N24).
Hattersheim/Paris, February 2019. Man-made leather is the sustainable alternative to natural leather. It is just as resistant as the natural product and actually surpasses it in some respects, for example, in wear comfort, care and processing properties. This makes it extremely suitable for many fashion creations. Kuraray, a world leading producer of speciality chemicals, is exhibiting its sustainable and versatile man-made leather collections, Clarino™ Crust and Clarino™ suede, at Première Vision in Paris from February 12 to 14, 2019. The exhibit also includes Tirrenina™ Nubuck and amaretta™ Nubuck, which are certified as conforming to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. Thanks to their variety and unique properties, these products open up new options for design as well as protecting the environment.

The fashion industry makes high demands on man-made leather: it is expected to be as durable and flexible as natural leather, yet sustainable, easier to process and more varied. Kuraray has therefore developed a variety of man-made leathers that are superior to real leather in many ways. Marketed under the Clarino™ brand, Kuraray's man-made leathers offer a wide range of different embossed patterns, surface structures and colours, making these nonwoven microfibre fabrics extremely versatile as well as environmentally friendly. Due to a unique production process, they can be manufactured entirely without solvents. Speciality chemicals producer Kuraray is exhibiting its leather collections on February 12-14, 2019 at Première Vision, Paris, the leading trade show for suppliers to the fashion industry. This year Kuraray's Clarino specialists will be providing information on the following products at a newly designed booth (Hall 6, booth 6N24):

  • Clarino™ Crust: a man-made very versatile and sustainable leather finished in Tuscany that is as wide-ranging as the demands made by designers
  • amaretta™ Nubuck, the world’s finest nonwoven microfibre with a velvety soft feel and unique suede look
  • Clarino™ Suede, a man-made leather that is ideal for impressive accessories, produced using a water-based process
  • Tirrenina™ Nubuck, manufactured in a completely solvent-free process, is available in 24 stock service colours


Man-made leather for haute couture — versatile and sustainable

Clarino™ Crust offers designers complete freedom in look and feel: this man-made leather collection is available in a wide range of surface structures, colours and imitation animal hides. Kuraray’s range of embossed and patent-look finishes are particularly interesting for fashion footwear and accessories such as leather-look belts and trendy bags, in high-gloss, metallic and pastel designs. At the same time, Clarino™ Crust is a sustainable product: this water-based man-made leather is manufactured without any solvents. As an alternative to real leather, it is produced without any animal products. The fabric receives its final look in Italy, where a special finishing process that resembles tanning of real leather gives it a very natural feel and structure. Clarino™ Crust is a unique, high-quality alternative to leather and can be produced in small quantities, allowing customising of feel, structure and colour.

Each individual microfibre in amaretta Nubuck™ is 4,000 times finer than human hair. This super-fine fibre structure makes the fabric extremely strong yet pleasantly soft. amaretta™ Nubuck has good crease resistance and water resistance. It also has a high-quality and harmonious structure, which makes it ideal for innovative fashion designs. This easy-care, washable fabric is soft and elegant, so it is perfect for haute couture. amaretta™ Nubuck man-made leather is certified free of harmful substances as conforming to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX.

Like Clarino™ Crust, Clarino Suede™ is a sustainable alternative to real leather. This suede-look microfibre nonwoven is water-based and produced entirely without solvents – so manufacturing is both environment and animal-friendly. In addition, Clarino™ Suede is highly versatile: this heat-resistant product can be embossed and printed. Available in 60 shades, the collection was created at the start of 2019 to give designers maximum freedom to the creation of sophisticated designs.

Tirrenina™ Nubuck is suitable for a wide range of fashionable garments and accessories, from stylish coats to mobile phone covers. This man-made leather is certified in accordance with Standard 100 by OEKO TEX. As well as meeting the demanding standards set by this quality label, production uses less water and also reduces CO2 emissions. In addition it has good skin tolerability and can be supplied immediately  in Europe in 24 stock colours.



From metallic look to matt pastel: Clarino™ Crust man-made leather from Kuraray is extremely versatile. Production of this water-based microfibre nonwoven is completely solvent-free, so it is an environmentally friendly alternative to real leather.
Source: Kuraray


Finest comfort: each microfibre in Kuraray's amaretta™ Nubuck is 4,000 times finer than human hair. Thanks to its very dense fibre structure, this nonwoven is extremely tear-resistant, robust and crease-resistant. This environmentally friendly man-made leather is free from harmful substances and is certified as conforming to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. It’s elegant appearance and high wear comfort make amaretta™ Nubuck ideal for haute couture.
Source: Kuraray



Environment-friendly versatility: Clarino™ Suede is a sustainable alternative to genuine leather – produced by speciality chemicals producer Kuraray. This suede-type man-made leather is manufactured in a solvent-free process. Customised embossing makes it very versatile – ideal for creative fashion designs.
Source: Kuraray


Colourful and environment-friendly: Tirrenina™ Nubuck man-made leather from Kuraray is available in 24 stock service colours. This man-made leather is certified as conforming to Standard 100 by OEKO TEX. As well as meeting the demanding standards set by this quality label, production uses less water and also reduces CO2 emissions.
Source: Kuraray


From fashion to technology: Kuraray's Clarino™ brand of top-quality man-made leather products are superior to natural leather in many respects. Alongside fashion garments and accessories, these products are suitable for technical applications, for example in cars, and for sports equipment such as riding gear, professional balls and gloves.
Source: Kuraray

 

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 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™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 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 at Première Vision 2019:

Bernhard Schmidt
Sales Manager
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 305 35868
Email: bernhard.schmidt(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu 

Sophie Oehler
Marketing Assistant
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
65795 Hattersheim am Main, Germany
Phone: +49 69 305 28879
Email: sophie.oehler(at)kuraray.com
Internet: www.kuraray.eu

 

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news-261 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:39:33 +0100 Kuraray at TCT Japan in Tokyo, Japan: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-tct-japan-in-tokio-japan-neues-mowiflexTM-filament-fuer-den-3d-druck/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=81c2ac6f1c3a696195ffe564d3a8dea5 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-259 Thu, 20 Dec 2018 09:00:00 +0100 Kuraray and Merck extend collaboration to deliver pharmaceutical grades of PVA https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-und-merck-erweitern-zusammenarbeit-bei-der-belieferung-mit-pharmazeutischen-pva-typen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f069bee02a4c3dd19373789babd22f9b 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-257 Mon, 10 Dec 2018 09:00:00 +0100 Trosifol™ Booth attracts huge interest on All Days of the Show https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifolTM-kuerte-gewinner-des-internationalen-designwettbewerbs-zum-20-geburtstag-der-marke-sentrygl/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=08b2c7804cc126022eac10d306b3b946 Trosifol™ Honors Winners of International Design Competition Marking 20th Anniversary of SentryGlas® at glasstec 2018 The ‘World of Innovative Glass Lamination Solutions’ – an international design competition for projects using laminated glass or laminated safety glass – took place between June 11 and September 7.

Architects, engineers, façade consultants and glass processors submitted projects in three categories: Engineering, Resilience and Aesthetics. Following assessment by an international expert jury, the winners were honored during the Trosifol™ Customer Evening at glasstec 2018 in Düsseldorf.

James O’Callaghan and Lisa Rammig, of London-based engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan, accepted the first-prize trophy in the Engineering category for their Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion project – the high point to date in the close relations between Apple and Eckersley O’Callaghan.

Measuring 47 m in diameter, the theater pavilion’s 80-tonne carbon-fiber roof is the world’s biggest structure supported exclusively by glass. The 7 m high glass cylinder delivering this support is made up of panels, each comprising four plies of 12 mm thick glass sandwiching SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayers. 

First prize for the Resilience category went to He’nan Fuxin Glass for its spectacular Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge project. At 430 m long and 260 m high, it was the world’s longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge at the time of its opening in 2016. The bridge incorporates glazed elements comprising large 3 x 4 m laminated glass panels. At 50 mm thick, the panels are made of three layers of 16 mm low-iron glass, with two layers of SentryGlas® interlayer sandwiched between them.

In the Aesthetics category, the Guilin Wanda Travel Center project submitted by Mingo Chen of Guangdong South Bright Glass Technologies Co., came out on top. The objective of the Wanda Group was to create a tourism complex that does justice to local culture and the topographical beauty of the surrounding landscape. For this, the Teng Yuan Design Institute used a special ribbed glass, which, when looked through, simulates different distances. SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayers contribute the necessary structural strength.

At the show, Trosifol™ impressed visitors with its booth’s spectacular architecture, thanks to its mix of cubist and curving lines. The booth was particularly striking because it was radically different to other booth designs. Glass processors and designers/architects were welcomed by a harmonious structure, which presented the world’s broadest product glass interlayer portfolio. Automotive glazing was given high prominence this year, as it often leads the way technologically for other sectors and is likely to influence new ideas in architectural glazing in the very near future.

A new, comprehensive product brochure, specifically for glass laminators, was also shown for the first time at “glasstec 2018”. Containing an overview of all Trosifol™ products for innovative laminated glass solutions, it also delivers key data, test results, physical properties, sizes and performance comparisons of the various products – for both PVB and ionoplast films. Glass processors have long been demanding such a brochure, and it received a lot of praise from customers during the show.

A major highlight at the booth was the presentation of the company’ product range using an augmented reality application that Trosifol™ developed with the Fraunhofer FIT Institute in Birlinghoven near Bonn/Germany. With the aid of a tablet, Trosifol™ projects were brought to life and presented in 3D. The application was also used for: highlighting product properties; showing test videos presenting, for example, color suggestions for façade glazing; and demonstrating audible differences in sound absorption.

The AR tool will undergo further development so that it can be used in the future by the after-sales service departments for sales support and for innovative marketing campaigns. Further services and planning aids based on virtual reality – particularly in cooperation with architects and design offices – are also planned for the near future.



Winner in the Engineering category was the Steve Jobs Theater Pavilion at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, USA, by London-based architects and engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan. (photo: © Eckersley O’Callaghan)


The Trosifol™ booth at “glasstec 2018 (photo: Rainer Hardtke/Kuraray)


Trosifol™ award winner Lisa Rammig, Eckersley O'Callaghan, on her glass seesaw – fabricated with SentryGlas® (photo: Rainer Hardtke/Kuraray)


(From the left after the model) Ray Nakada / Director Global PVB Marketing, James O'Callaghan (Eckersley O'Callaghan), Steve Cox / Head of PVB Division & Jennifer Schneider / Structural and Security Glazing Segment Manager (photo: Bettina Koch/Kuraray)

 

'Trosifol™ Honors Winners of International Design'
All images and copy may be reprinted free of charge – voucher requested.
Photos: https://we.tl/t-ccxgq0DS9y

 

Copyright © 2018 Kuraray. All rights reserved.
Trosifol®, SentryGlas® and Butacite® are registered trademarks of Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its affiliates. The information, recommendations and details given in this document have been compiled with care and to our best knowledge and belief. They do not entail an assurance of properties above and beyond the product specification. The user of our products is responsible for ensuring that the product is suitable for the intended use and conforms to all relevant regulations. Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its affiliates do not accept any guarantee or liability for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions in this document.  

 

Press contact:
Reisuke Nakada
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 2241 2555 202
Fax +49 (0) 2241 2555 7205
E-Mail trosifol(at)kuraray.com 

 

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news-255 Thu, 06 Dec 2018 10:13:54 +0100 Gifts that bring pleasure and laughter https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/weil-soziales-engagement-wichtig-ist-lichtblicke-freudenmomente-und-lachen-geschenkt/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=62c8b521ab01ad543730a0df4c4695a0 Hattersheim-based speciality chemicals producer Kuraray supports charities in Frankfurt, Berlin and Wiesbaden that bring a spark of joy into the lives of sick and disadvantaged people. Frankfurt am Main/Hattersheim, December 6, 2018. Kuraray believes in making dreams come true – especially for people who are disadvantaged, disabled or sick. The Hattersheim-based speciality chemicals producer and its staff have donated around EUR 13,550 to three charities in Frankfurt, Berlin and Wiesbaden.

“Many of our employees are deeply committed to helping people who are less fortunate than they are. And we are naturally happy to support them. Social commitment is an important part of Kuraray’s corporate culture,” says Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG). He adds: “Together with MainLichtblick in Frankfurt, Geschenke der Hoffnung in Berlin and the Clown Doctors in Wiesbaden, we want to help people in difficult circumstances and fulfil some of their wishes.”

A ray of light for three special people
MainLichtblick is a charity that helps children and young people who are seriously ill, have a physical disability or have had a traumatic experience by endeavouring to bring a ray of light into their daily lives. This year, Kuraray has helped this organisation make three children’s wishes come true.

At their summer party, KEG’s employees donated EUR 1,075 to make a dream come true for five year-old Max, who suffers Angelman syndrome, a rare genetic disorder, which has severely restricted his development. Max is not yet able to walk and also suffers from asthma and epilepsy. Donations from KEG’s employees have enabled MainLichtblick to offer him dog therapy. Max really comes alive during his weekly visits to the therapy dog, Lilo.

Since KEG’s management doubled the amount donated by employees, the organisation was able to make a dream come true for another child as well: eight year-old Saskia is also receiving six months of dog therapy. Saskia has problems concentrating and therefore attends a school for children with learning difficulties, where she is taught using a special short-interval programme. She loves being around dogs and contact with them does her a lot of good.

In addition, Kuraray's Christmas donation will make a dream come true for Nina. Nina is also eight and has an incurable, life-shortening metabolic disorder that destroys all bodily functions over time. This bright and lively young girl is looked after by a hospice service. She loves being in water, so a trip to Turkey for swimming therapy with dolphins would a real treat and would alleviate her suffering a little. Kuraray is delighted to donate EUR 3,900 to make this wish come true for Nina.

Employees packed 100 gift boxes for disadvantaged children
Another charity appeal has become something of a tradition at Kuraray: in the pre-Christmas period staff in Hattersheim, Frankfurt and Troisdorf busily pack parcels for the Christmas in a Shoebox appeal organised by the Christian charity Geschenke der Hoffnung. “We provide empty boxes for staff to fill and take the gift boxes to the collection points,” explains Moritz Ehlert, who coordinates the appeal at Kuraray. “This year, 100 lovingly packed gift boxes will be distributed to disadvantaged boys and girls in Eastern Europe.” The gift boxes are filled with toys, clothes and sweets.  In addition, Kuraray donates around EUR 4,000 in money and goods to supplement the gifts donated by its employees. In this way, it provides active support for disadvantaged children, development aid projects and humanitarian relief after disasters.

Because laughter speeds recovery: supporting the work of the Clown Doctors
The Clown Doctors in Wiesbaden have been visiting hospitals and care homes for 25 years to cheer up patients. Kuraray is donating EUR 3,500 to this charitable organisation, which currently has 30 clown doctors who visit patients in twelve children's hospitals, eight old-people’s homes and a children's hospice in the Rhine-Main region and the Rhineland-Palatinate.
Dressed up as clowns, the remedies used by these “doctors” to treat the patients are humour, improvised fun and music. Visits by the clown doctors trigger self-healing mechanisms, especially in children, and take their minds off the fact they are in hospital.

Through their social commitment, Kuraray and its employees put into practice the values that were important to the company's founder Magosaburo Ohara, who funded the construction of hospitals and an orphanage, was a patron of the arts and founded the Ohara Museum of Art in Japan. Today, the Kuraray Group is involved in many social projects around the world.

 

Captions/source of photos: MainLichtblick, Kuraray, Clown Doktoren


[Photo 1] Five year-old Max suffers from Angelman syndrome. He thoroughly enjoys his weekly visits to therapy dog Lilo. Through donations to MainLichtblick e.V., Kuraray and its employees make Max's wish come true. They also bring a ray of light into the lives of two eight year-old girls, Saskia and Nina.

 


[Photo 2] Bringing joy to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe: every year Kuraray employees take part in the Christmas in a Shoebox appeal initiated by the Christian charity Geschenke der Hoffnung. The helpers included Karen Vino (right) and Ralf Stahl (left) at Kuraray's site in Troisdorf.



[Photo 3] Kuraray provides empty boxes for the Christmas in a Shoebox appeal and employees fill them with toys, clothing and sweets. “This year, our colleagues in Hattersheim, Troisdorf and Frankfurt packed 100 gift boxes,” says Moritz Ehlert, who coordinates the appeal for Hattersheim-based speciality chemicals producer Kuraray.


[Photo 4] Uwe Ochs loading the gift boxes packed by colleagues in Frankfurt for delivery to the charity Geschenke der Hoffnung, which distributes them to disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe. Kuraray tops up the donations made by its employees by donating money and goods worth around EUR 4,000.


[Photo 5] Laughter speeds recovery: volunteers dressed as clown doctors bring the gift of laughter to children and senior citizens in hospitals and old people's homes. Pictured here are Constantin Offel, alias Dr. Johannis Kraut (left), and Ruth Albertin, alias Dr. Krümmel. Kuraray is donating EUR 3,500 to support the work of this charity.

 

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 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™, Mowital®, Trosifol® and CLEARFIL™. Kuraray Europe also has around 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.
 
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
Email: 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
Email: kampfmann(at)wortwahl.de
Internet: www.wortwahl.de

 

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news-253 Mon, 19 Nov 2018 08:03:00 +0100 Clarino™ to Be Used in the Manufacture of V200W, Mikasa’s Next Official Tournament Model Indoor Volleyball for FIVB-Sponsored International Games; Kuraray Asked to Serve as Supplier for at Least 10 Years https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/clarino-als-oberflaechenmaterial-fuer-mikasas-offiziellen-fivb-spielball-ausgewaehlt/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b25504b7687be6a454326d065f1b7dcf Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito; hereinafter “Kuraray”) hereby announces that Clarino™, a man-made leather it has been producing and marketing, has been chosen for the surface layer of V200W, the next official tournament model indoor volleyball produced by Mikasa Corporation (hereinafter “Mikasa”) for use in international games sponsored by the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball Association (hereinafter “FIVB”).
The V200W was unveiled to the general public on November 16, 2018 at the 36th FIVB World Congress held in Cancun, Mexico. Taking over from the MVA200, the model in use since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the V200W is slated to become the official tournament model indoor volleyball for the FIVB Volleyball World Cup scheduled for 2019 and other major FIVB-sponsored games to be held afterwards.

1. Backgrounds

  • Kuraray has long maintained partnership with Mikasa, with collaboration between the two companies dating back to 1967 when they began co-developing a surface material for volleyballs.
  • In 2008, Clarino™, the result of the aforementioned co-development efforts, went on to be used in MVA200, the official tournament model volleyball designated by the FIVB.
  • Designed for use in MVA200, Clarino™ garnered a solid reputation as a volleyball surface material. Building on this success, Clarino™ was named as a material for use in V200W, the upcoming model of the official tournament model volleyball to be used in the FIVB-sponsored games.

2. Features of Clarino™ -Based Volleyball Surface

  • A “double-layered cushioning structure” that combines a surface layer of foamed polyurethane and a nonwoven microfiber layer with a sponge-like texture, lends the resulting volleyball surface a distinctive softness to the touch and elasticity
  • A “multi-pattern structure” due to dimple embossing and fine surface patterning helps stabilize the ball’s trajectory
  • The “Nano Balloon Silica” coating greatly enhances ball control by preventing slipperiness attributable to such factors as perspiration during the game

 

Outward appearance of V200W, the official tournament model for FIVB-sponsored games
(Photos provided by Mikasa Corporation)

 

Reference
Overview of Mikasa

NameMikasa Corporation
Address1, Kuchi, Asa-cho, Asakita-ku, Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan
RepresentativeYuji Saeki, President & CEO
EstablishmentMay 1917
Capital¥120 million (as of November 2018)
Websitehttp://mikasasports.co.jp/e/

 

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news-251 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:33:35 +0100 Kuraray at Formnext in Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ 3D 2000 filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-formnext-in-frankfurt-am-main-deutschland-neues-mowiflexTM-3d-2000-filament-fuer-den/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fdb0e27eb40ecf9c48232f80989e0367 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-249 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 11:16:08 +0100 Price Revisions for EVOH products (EVAL) https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/preisanpassungen-fuer-evoh-produkte-eval/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=369b6cc531eb8e33d4edaf5ef1806315 Kuraray announces the decision to increase the prices of its EVOH products (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer; Kuraray trademark: EVAL) for shipments commencing December 1, 2018. Details of the price revisions are given below. Due to increasing the price of the main raw material used in producing EVAL and the production costs including utilities, the profitability has been deteriorating.

Under these circumstances, Kuraray has decided to implement the following price revisions for EVAL.
The price revisions are implemented in global basis.

1. Scope of revisions:    
EVOH products (EVAL)

2. Price increases:  
 
Japan:¥30 per kilogram
Asia Pacific:US$0.30 per kilogram

3. Effective date:
Shipments from December 1, 2018


EVOH Resin (EVAL)
With the release of EVAL in 1972, Kuraray became the first company in the world to develop and commercialize a high-functional resin, which boasts the highest level of gas barrier properties of any plastic (approximately 10,000 times that of general-purpose polyethylene). Given these properties, EVAL is employed for a variety of applications, including as excellent wrapping material for preserving food and containers for cosmetics and chemicals. In the context of the strict gasoline fuel emission controls in recent years, EVAL’s use as a material for automotive fuel tanks has been expanding, as it facilitates weight reduction and molding. Furthermore, the use of EVAL in wall coverings and floor heating and pipes for floor heating systems as well as other home and everyday products has been growing and demand has been expanding worldwide.

 

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news-247 Thu, 25 Oct 2018 09:00:00 +0200 Versatility champion celebrates 60th anniversary: KURARAY POVAL™ is entering new markets and stepping up customer focus https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/champion-der-vielseitigkeit-feiert-60-geburtstag-kuraray-poval-setzt-auf-neue-maerkte-und-mehr-kun/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=098728ca6db26f60334e86753ec26d49 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-245 Wed, 10 Oct 2018 08:00:00 +0200 Smooth and Super-Quiet: Triblock Copolymer Hybrar Damps Noise and Vibration in Vehicles https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/sanft-und-absolut-leise-triblock-copolymer-hybrar-daempft-laerm-und-vibrationen-in-fahrzeugen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=66d18c7695255eba282042270031eb4d Triblock copolymer Hybrar from Kuraray has outstanding damping properties – for a smoother and quieter automobile ride Hattersheim am Main/Friedrichshafen, October 2018. Noise reduction is becoming more and more important in the development of modern vehicles. The automotive industry needs materials that effectively damp strong vibration and noise while being compatible with applications in challenging environments. Hybrar from specialty chemicals producer Kuraray is a high-performance triblock copolymer with unique damping properties that can be flexibly and easily combined with various plastics.

E-mobility and vehicle weight reduction are two central trends in automotive engineering. In vehicle design, noise reduction is also playing a key role. This is because the lower noise level of electric motors makes annoying rattling and squeaking noises more audible. In addition, the lightweight plastics parts used today can be a source of new unpleasant noises. The prevention of noise and vibration calls for materials that achieve high damping performance over a wide frequency range while being easy to process. Hybrar from specialty chemicals producer Kuraray with its European headquarters in Hattersheim near Frankfurt am Main is a highly elastic triblock copolymer with unique damping properties that can be flexibly processed in combination with various other materials such as polypropylene, polyamide, and polycarbonate.

High Vinyl Content for Outstanding Damping and Incredible Stability
Hybrar is a styrene block copolymer (SBC) with a poly-diene block featuring a high vinyl content. Thanks to its special structure, the material achieves its maximal damping effect close to room temperature – ideal for use in reducing noise in vehicles and in industry. Compared to conventional styrene block copolymers, Hybrar shows a significantly higher peak tan delta. In addition, it covers a wider frequency range – from very low frequencies, such as the resonance of the body, to very high frequencies, such as that of rubbing glass components. With these properties, it is ideal for absorbing various kinds of noise and vibration in vehicles.

Hybrar molds readily, is resistant to heat and the effects of the weather for hydrogenated form, and is highly compatible with applications in challenging environments, e.g. in vehicle engine compartments. Available in hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated forms, the hydrogenated grades show excellent miscibility with polypropylene (PP), achieving a blend with a considerably finer dispersion than conventional SBC – for greater transparency, flexibility, stability, and improved impact strength. Adding only 30 percent Hybrar to polypropylene improves tan d peak intensity at room temperature by some 80 percent. This means, for instance, that effective damping applications can be implemented at low cost compared to composite materials.

Versatile in Its Uses – from Protective Covers to Engine Components
The plasticizer-free processing of Hybrar is extremely environment-friendly and permits a wide range of techniques such as film and profile extrusion as well as maximum flexibility in injection molding. In the automotive industry the material is already in use in combination with polypropylene, e.g. in shock absorbers, instrument panels, and door trim. Owing to its outstanding mixing properties, such as with high-density polyethylene (HDPE), ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber (EPDM), polycarbonate (PC), and polyamide, Hybrar is also ideal for applications such as covers, gasket rubber, radiator grilles, and engine compartment parts.

Various Other Applications – from Tool Grips to Sports Shoes
In addition to the automotive sector, various other industries are already benefiting from the outstanding properties of Hybrar. It damps sports equipment, tool grips, loudspeaker cones and boxes, shoe soles, and floorcoverings. In addition, the triblock copolymer is utilized as a damping modifier in various thermoplastics and rubbers. Hybrar can be used as a key component of adhesive and sealant applications such as adhesive tapes and industrial and construction adhesives. Hybrar imparts impressive flexibility and elasticity to food and industrial packaging, and in the medical sector it replaces natural rubber, latex, and PVC in such items as elastic hygiene components and medical films and tubes.

 

Enabling a quiet and smooth ride, triblock copolymer Hybrar from Kuraray damps loud noise, vibration, and impacts. It can be processed flexibly with various other materials, making it suitable for a wide range of uses in vehicles – from cockpit applications to the engine compartment.

The damping performance of plastics is significantly improved when mixed with just a small share of triblock copolymer Hybrar from Kuraray. Hybrar thus endows sports equipment like golf clubs with optimal properties for top sporting achievement, e.g. for the perfect drive from the tee.

 

Delivering high grip and immaculate audio quality, the triblock copolymer Hybrar from Kuraray features unparalleled properties such as good moldability and high resistance to heat and the effects of the weather. This makes Hybrar the No. One choice for numerous applications ranging from sports shoes to modern loudspeaker systems

 

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

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

 

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news-243 Tue, 25 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0200 The rollout begins for the new look of the heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE Hook-and-Loop Fastener which now comes in a variety of colors! https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/mehr-style-vom-flugzeug-bis-zur-schutzkleidung-hitzebestaendiges-magictape-jetzt-in-vielen-farben/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e5be123557678b05685f9bda6692984a In addition to its longtime features of heat resistance, flame retardancy, low smoke emission, and low toxicity, the Hook-and-Loop Fasteners now offers colors for design creativity.
Kuraray Fastening Co. Ltd. (Head office: Osaka; President: Tooru Tanokura) has started the rollout of a heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE hook-and-loop fastener, which uses PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) fibers and comes in multiple colors.

1. Development Background

  • The heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE has the heat resistance, flame retardancy, low smoke emission, and low toxicity required for airplane interior applications. Beyond airplane seats, the heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE is used for a range of other industrial applications, including thermal jackets.
  • Until now, the heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE was available only in natural colors. To respond to requests for darker colors, we’ve now added black and gray to the lineup for the first time. Customers may also obtain other colors by special order.

2. Product Features

  • PPS fiber is the base material and used for the Hook-and-Loop portion. These fibers provide the product with its heat resistance, flame retardancy, low smoke emission, and low toxicity.
  • The heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE maintains its holding strength equal to a bonding force (shear strength) of 80% or more even after exposure to high temperatures (250°C for 24 hours).
  • Because there is no backing material used, the amount of CO2 generated during our manufacturing process is 30% less than traditional methods, resulting in a more eco-friendly product.
  • Kuraray manufactures this product in Japan. Kuraray Fastening’s Maruoka Factory in Fukui Prefecture does the weaving and dyeing of the MAGIC TAPE product. The Maruoka Factory celebrates its 30th anniversary of operations this year!
Part number   Width offered Colors offered
A48600.71 (hook side) Slit up to 100mm Dark colors, such as shades of black and others * For details, please inquire.
B48000.00 (loop side) Slit up to 100mm Dark colors, such as shades of black and others * For details, please inquire.

3. Expected Application

  • To secure internal materials, and as an integral part of the seat assembly in airplanes, where heat resistance and flame retardancy are needed.
  • For use in fire retardant clothing such as firefighter gear, aviation uniforms, and other industrial clothing for welders, electricians, etc.
  • Cable ties (tie down straps) for the insides of vehicles, train cars, and aircraft.
  • Fasteners for fire shutters and other internal building materials that need heat resistance, household electrical appliances, etc.

 

Image of color variations for heat-resistant MAGIC TAPE


Further information

Company Profile of Kuraray Fastening Co. Ltd.

Company Name Kuraray Fastening Co. Ltd
Main office address Umeda Hankyu Bldg. Office Tower 40th Fl. 8-1 Kakudacho, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Representative Tooru Tanokura, Representative Director and President
Established October 2004
Capital ¥100 million (Kuraray share: 70%)
Main business Manufacturing, development, and sales of woven hook-and-loop fasteners (MAGIC TAPE), molded hook-and-loop fasteners (“MAGILOCK”), and other products related to hook-and-loop fasteners

 

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news-241 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 16:42:06 +0200 Kuraray at Fakuma 2018: High-Performance Plastics to Suit Any Challenge https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-fakuma-2018-hochleistungs-kunststoffe-fuer-jede-herausforderung/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=774e6df06f8801aafd46e9ffadc57b08 At Fakuma, specialty chemicals producer Kuraray is exhibiting acrylic-based block copolymer Kurarity as well as Hybrar, Eval EVOH, Genestar, and Mowiflex at Booth B1-1221 in Hall B1.
Hattersheim/Friedrichshafen, August 2018. Plastics have to perform incredible feats, such as transmitting light waves long-distance, damping loud noise and strong vibration, or reliably protecting foods from oxygen. The standards expected of the materials and their processing capability continue to rise. At Fakuma 2018 from October 16 to 20, 2018, at Booth B1-1221 in Hall B1, Kuraray, an internationally leading specialty chemicals producer, is presenting Kurarity, Hybrar, Eval EVOH, Genestar, and Mowiflex – plastics with outstanding properties that can be put to easy and flexible use.


Plastics are having to meet ever tougher requirements in terms of, say, long-term elasticity and resistance to the weather or heat. Sectors like the automotive, food and electronics industries need materials that can be employed in increasingly specialized applications. However, many of these plastics call for special processing techniques and are poorly compatible with widely-used production methods such as injection molding. Kuraray has therefore developed high-performance plastics that can be put to a variety of uses and can be combined – for simple and flexible processing and efficient production processes. From October 16 to 20, 2018, the specialty chemicals producer is presenting its broad plastics product portfolio at the 26th staging of Fakuma in Friedrichshafen, the international flagship fair for plastics processing. At Booth B1-1221 in Hall B1, the polymer specialist will be reporting on:

  • Kurarity, a new series of acrylic-based block copolymers for optical waveguide applications and polymer modification
  • Hybrar, the thermoplastic elastomer with outstanding damping properties
  • Eval resins entering barrier co-injection technologies for caps, thin wall, blow molding and stretch blow molding articles to protect food
  • Genestar, the heat-, water- and chemical-resistant C9 monomer with very good mechanical properties
  • Mowiflex, a water-soluble polymer that lends itself well to processing by injection molding.

Plastics for Special Applications, from High-Damping to Totally Clear
Kurarity is a new series of acrylic-based block copolymers. With their outstanding clarity and elasticity, the materials are ideally suited to optical waveguide applications such as in vehicles, airplanes, and buildings. Produced with Kuraray’s unique anionic polymerization technology, the thermoplastic acrylic elastomer features a very low share of residual monomers and oligomers – and is thus extremely pure. Kurarity is high-gloss, weather-resistant, and compatible with many polar materials – and ideal for numerous applications such as adhesives and moldings or for the modification of plastics.

The highly elastic triblock copolymer Hybrar displays unique vibration-damping and shock-absorbing properties, and its production without plasticizers is environmentally sound. The material achieves its maximal loss factor close to room temperature and is thus suitable for noise reduction in the automotive sector, the electronics industry and for acoustic components. Hybrar molds readily and is resistant to heat and weather influences – ideal for sports articles and floorcoverings. In its hydrated state, the triblock copolymer can be mixed with polypropylene, for example, to achieve high transparency and clarity. Hybrar can be flexibly processed with a wide range of methods such as film and tube extrusion and injection molding.

The EVOH copolymer Eval can be employed as a barrier resin in coextrusion and coinjection processes. With its astonishing barrier performances, this thermoplastic can as well be used  for the packaging of dry food (coffee, tea) or retorted foodstuffs despite severe sterilization conditions allowing long shelf life preservation. At Fakuma, Kuraray explains how Eval EVOH as a highly effective barrier can also be used in complex coinjected structures.

Genestar PA9T is a high-performance polyamide that is available in extrusion and injection-molding grades. Its extremely balanced properties combine low water absorption, high chemical resistance, and exceptional mechanical properties into the high-temperature range. The polyamide is suitable for use in the automotive industry in transmissions, fuel lines, and thermostat housings. With its astonishing blister resistance, the material can also be used in the electrical and electronics industry such as in the production of SMT plug connectors. Based on the C9 module from Kuraray, Genestar is thus a dependable alternative to PA12 and other adiponitrile-based polyamides

The polyvinyl-alcohol-based polymer Mowiflex is water-soluble and at the same time highly suitable for thermoplastic processes such as injection molding and 3D printing. The material permits maximum design freedom in the production of plastics parts and can be used for such items as water-soluble packages, agrochemicals, and dishwasher detergent tablets. With its water-solubility, Mowiflex is also suitable for use in fusible-core injection molding and for carrier materials in 3D printing. With its certified biodegradation, Mowiflex biodegrades demonstrably in water and its disposal via the wastewater is both simply and environmentally friendly.





Absolutely clar for a stunning light effect: Thanks to their outstanding purity, the new Kurarity acrlyic-based block copolymers are highly flexible and transmit optical waves over long distances– ideal for waveguide applications in cars, vehicles, and buildings.




Facilitating a smooth ride, the triblock copolymer Hybrar from Kurary has exceptional damping properties toward noise, vibration, and shocks. With its high resistance to heat and weather influences, it is suitable for challenging applications in vehicles, sports equipment, and the electronics industry.

The copolymer Eval EVOH from Kuraray protects foods against oxygen in packages just a few micrometers thick, now also available for co injected multilayer containers.


Heat-, blister- and chemical-resistant: Exhibited by Kuraray at Fakuma 2018, Genestar is a highly robust engineering plastic that is ideal for processing by extrusion and injection molding.


 

Customized and water-soluble: The polymer Mowiflex from Kuraray is suitable for many applications ranging from injection molding to additive manufacturing. Demonstrably biodegradable in water, Mowiflex is the ideal carrier material in 3D printing and for the production of automatic dishwasher tablets.


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.

 

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Media Contact:

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-239 Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:16:41 +0200 Price Revisions for PVOH resin https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erhoeht-die-preise-fuer-kuraray-povalTM-elvanolTM-excevalTM-zum-01-juli-2018/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=bfce7fe669ab0d382837045c04cb0963 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

Customers may contact their local Kuraray sales representative for further details.

 

 

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news-237 Thu, 14 Jun 2018 12:26:20 +0200 Our website offers a new contact form. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/unsere-website-hat-ein-neues-kontaktformular/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d30b034e5e4e82be3823880b8953fb0a Our website offers a new contact form. Do you have any questions, need technical support or would like to place an order? Our website offers a new contact form. Do you have any questions, need technical support or would like to place an order? Please only use the inquiry or order forms under https://www.kuraray.eu/en/contact/


We are sorry to inform you that inquiries sent to our info address will no longer be processed.

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news-235 Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:49:31 +0200 Trosifol™ GlasGlobal Follows in the Wake of Trosifol™ WinSLT. Mobile Trosifol™ GlasGlobal App Performs Glass Structural Analysis. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/auf-trosifolTM-winslt-folgt-trosifolTM-glasglobal-mobile-app-trosifolTM-glasglobal-berechnet-gla/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=860273fb85bdee6caaabf51a958cd0b6 Trosifol™ GlasGlobal is a new app for performing structural analysis for glass. Developed by Trosifol partner Sommer Informatik, it supplies the user – after simple, user-friendly inputs – with a calculation of glass thickness in accordance with DIN 18008, Parts 1 and 2, and ASTM E1300 (U.S.). A builder of conservatories, for instance, can determine the minimum glass thickness required in a certain installation location.
Glass dimensioning to DIN 18008, Parts 1 and 2, and ASTM E1300
Supplementing the full desktop version from Sommer Informatik, Trosifol™ GlasGlobal is also available as a mobile app for Android or IOS smartphones. It can deliver the exact dimensioning for a wide range of glazing applications and structural analysis in accordance with DIN 18008, Part 1 and 2, and ASTM E1300.

The app takes many different parameters into account: overhead and vertical glazing, wind and snow loads, local heights, glass thickness optimization, shear coupling, for symmetrical and asymmetrical laminated safety glass, etc. Verification of loads is performed in accordance with DIN EN 1991-1.

The interface is straightforward and user-friendly. In the input screen, pane composition and geometry, wind and snow loads, size, and angle of installation can be entered swiftly and reliably on the move on, say, a construction site. The user then presses the “Calculate” button to obtain the desired analysis. If the outcome fails to satisfy requirements, the inputs can be adjusted to initiate a new simulation on the basis of different parameters. The app is also ideal for optimizing the analysis. Users can see how the analysis changes if they change the installation angle, glass thickness, or pane composition, with the app providing answer quickly and dependably.

Once a satisfactory structural analysis is obtained, the name of the project can be added and the completed analysis sent to an email address.

The app is currently available in German, English, French, Italian, and Spanish. Analysis is performed either to DIN 18008, Parts 1 and 2, or to ASTM E1300. The units of measurement are the European SI or U.S. customary units.

The software is available from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. It is also available online at the Trosifol™ Website:
www.trosifol.com/trosifol-glasglobal

Further information on the software developer:
Sommer Informatik GmbH
www.sommer-informatik.de
info(at)sommer-informatik.de

 

Copyright © 2017 Kuraray. All rights reserved.
Trosifol®, SentryGlas® and Butacite® are registered trademarks of Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its affiliates. The information, recommendations and details given in this document have been compiled with care and to our best knowledge and belief. They do not entail an assurance of properties above and beyond the product specification. The user of our products is responsible for ensuring that the product is suitable for the intended use and conforms to all relevant regulations. Kuraray Co., Ltd. and its affiliates do not accept any guarantee or liability for any errors, inaccuracies or omissions in this document.

Press contact:   
Ray Nakada
Kuraray Europe GmbH
Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
Phone +49 (0) 2241 2555 202
Fax +49 (0) 2241 2555 7205
E-Mail trosifol(at)kuraray.com
 

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news-233 Fri, 18 May 2018 11:00:00 +0200 Kuraray Noritake Dental concludes a patent license agreement with 3M https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-noritake-dental-concludes-a-patent-license-agreement-with-3m/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=086dfba946ca76996fde172ffe11cd91 In March 2018, Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. (President: Kiyoyuki Arikawa), with its Head Office in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, concluded a license agreement with the 3M Company, whose Head Office is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA. The agreement concerns a patented method for producing multilayered ceramics, European patent No. 2024300, held by Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.
Summary of Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. ceramic business
Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. launched the zirconia disc that has been commercialized through the use of our layered ceramic production method in 2012. The product has multi-layered structure with four different colored zirconia powders that feature a smooth transition of color gradation between layers. We took advantage of the dental ceramic coloring technology we had accumulated through the development of porcelains. Success was achieved in controlling the shrinkage of the layers by optimizing the amounts of pigments added, thereby achieving great accuracy in terms of adaptation. In 2015, we also launched a new series zirconia which has the high degree of translucency of natural tooth enamel and is suitable for the esthetic restorations of anterior teeth. In January 2018, zirconia block joined the zirconia family as our new solution for the fabrication of zirconia restorations. This new product achieves a well-balanced combination of appropriate mechanical properties and good esthetics with a short baking time. Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. is committed to developing new dental materials that contribute to the dental industry. Our products have become even more competitive on the global market because of our intense pursuit of technological innovation.


Overview of Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc.

Company nameKuraray Noritake Dental Inc.
Head Office 1-1-3 Otemachi, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan
RepresentativeKiyoyuki Arikawa, CEO
Capital300 million yen (66,7% by Kuraray Co. Ltd. and 33,3% by Noritake Company Limited
EstablishedOctober 1, 2001 (The company was established as Kuraray Medical Inc. in 2001 and the name was changed to the current name in 2012.)
Line of businessDental adhesives and filling materials, dental crown and bridge resin, dental ceramics, dental plaster, dental CAD/CAM devices and materials


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 about 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.
 
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news-231 Tue, 08 May 2018 09:11:00 +0200 Top for apprenticeships: Kuraray ranked one of the Germany’s best companies for vocational training https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/azubi-paten-wissen-worauf-es-ankommt-kuraray-ist-einer-der-besten-ausbildungsbetriebe-deutschlands/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=62419ba8ef5f63b4c4580f3489734362 Kuraray Europe scored 85.4 out of a maximum 100 points in the Focus ranking in Germany. That makes it one the country's top companies for vocational training.
Hattersheim: May 9, 2018 Instructors and apprentices at Kuraray Europe have reason to be pleased: this speciality chemicals company based in Hattersheim (near Frankfurt) and Troisdorf in North-Rhine Westphalia has been ranked by the "Focus” news magazine as one of Germany’s best companies for vocational training. In addition to the high percentage of apprentices hired at the end of their training, the ranking highlights the strong support they receive within the company. Apprentices are integrated from Day One and actively supported by buddies.

Susan Kolac-Lang, head of vocational training at Kuraray Europe, is delighted by the top ranking achieved by this speciality chemicals company: “85.4 out of a maximum of 100 points positions us among the German leaders in vocational training.” The Focus ranking evaluates the 20,000 biggest employees in Germany and covers 90 sectors including the chemical industry. Aspects examined include successful completion of training, remuneration of apprentices and other activities. 

Chemical production operatives for Frankfurt, process mechanics for Troisdorf
“We are always looking for commercial administrators, industrial mechanics, chemical laboratory technicians and plant electronics technicians,” say Susan Kolac-Lang. In addition, there is constant demand for chemical production operatives at the Frankfurt site, which produces the starting products for the facilities in Troisdorf. In Troisdorf, by contrast, vocational training is geared mainly to process mechanics.

“Many of our apprentices are so highly motivated that they successfully complete their training faster than prescribed,” explains Susan Kolac-Lang. More than half of Kuraray’s apprentices take this fast-track option. If they have any questions, concerns or suggestions, Kuraray’s apprentices can turn to volunteer buddies. Every shift has two or three of these volunteers. “Anyone can become a buddy for apprentices. Many are young employees who completed their apprenticeship in the past couple of years,” reports Susan Kolac-Lang. They are proud to help the next generation of apprentices learn the ropes.

Successful recruiting thanks to internships and lab days for school students
“Our apprentices come from the Frankfurt and Troisdorf areas. Therefore, we have partnerships with various local schools and also reserve some internships for them,” explains Susan Kolac-Lang. Kuraray offers school students an insight into one of the world's leading chemical companies. In addition, it regularly organises lab days for students from one school in Frankfurt. “That gives them a chance to work in a real lab for one-and-a-half days and to replicate Kuraray's production processes,” says Susan Kolac-Lang. In addition, recruiting staff attend careers fairs such as the Provadis Open Day in Frankfurt and “Talents in Dialogue” in Troisdorf.

Preparing young people for vocational training
For young people in Germany who have not achieved the grades required to start an apprenticeship, Kuraray has a special programme. Susan Kolac-Lang explains: “In collaboration with our training partner Provadis, we take part in the Start Plus programme.” A nine-month internship prepares the young people to train to be chemical production technicians. This programme includes weekly attendance at a technical school and social and educational counselling. Susan Kolac-Lang sums up: “The Start Plus pre-apprenticeship programme have been very successful and most of the interns subsequently do an apprenticeship with us.”



Kuraray’s apprentices are integrated into the company from the beginning. Along with other members of staff, they take part in voluntary community projects such the Malteser Social Day and sports activities like the JP Morgan corporate challenge in Frankfurt and the Bonn corporate race.

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 about 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.
 
For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu

 

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

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-229 Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:14:45 +0200 Kuraray partners with 3D Printer Manufacturer Ultimaker https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/konstruktionswerkstoffe-fuer-3d-druck-kuraray-und-ultimaker-starten-partnerschaft/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=a5c73ace80e7f16cb556868ab66ffcc3 Kuraray partners with 3D Printer Manufacturer Ultimaker. 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-227 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:07:00 +0200 Kuraray at Rapid + TCT in Fort Worth, Texas: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-rapid-tct-in-fort-worth-texas-neues-mowiflexTM-filament-fuer-den-3d-druck/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=c7ca81cfd617dc9cc25a3b5cda46d7d2 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-225 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:37:03 +0200 Kuraray to exhibit numerous product lines at American Coatings Show https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-praesentiert-auf-der-american-coating-show-zahlreiche-produktlinien/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=eb3c780235f9b7fd4f9a7d54299ea585 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-223 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 11:35:51 +0100 Kuraray at MECSPE in Parma, Italy: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-mecspe-in-parma-italien-neues-mowiflexTM-filament-fuer-den-3d-druck/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1b884e99b2a86ba7410469ff5aaf3285 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-221 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0100 Flame-resistant and environmentally friendly: OEKO-TEX certification for Kuraray's hook and loop tape https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/schwer-entflammbar-und-umweltfreundlich-klettbaender-von-kuraray-erhalten-oeko-tex-siegel/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e715c268b28360213beae2ea286cafa9 Kuraray's Magictape and Freemagic hook and loop fasteners are manufactured using an especially environmentally compatible process. And now they have been certified by OEKO-TEX. Hattersheim: March 1, 2018 The Magictape and Freemagic polyester hook and loop fasteners made by Kuraray have been certified as conforming to OEKO-TEX Standard 100, showing that they do not contain harmful substances. This is one of the best-known consumer quality labels. The manufacturing process for Magictape and Freemagic is environment-friendly. Moreover, these fasteners are flame-resistant, so they especially suitable for use in the automotive sector and in planes. These safe polyester hook and loop tapes do not contain any harmful substances, making them suitable for use in apparel too.

Hook and loop fasteners are versatile, easy to use and almost indestructible, which is why they have been used for decades in vehicles, apparel, sports equipment and even the aviation and aerospace sectors. Magictape and Freemagic polyester hook and loop fasteners from global speciality chemicals company Kuraray, which is based in Tokyo, Japan and Hattersheim am Main Germany, is now certified as being compliant with OEKO-TEX Standard 100. The following products now have the OEKO-TEX label:

  • Magictape hook tape, product no.: A8693Y
  • Magictape loop tape, product no.: B9751Y
  • Freemagic, product no.: F9820Y

Even suitable for baby clothes
OEKO-TEX has been using stringent criteria to test materials for harmful substances for more than 25 years Kuraray's polyester hook and loop fasteners have been certified as conforming to OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Product Class 1, the most stringent certificate, so they are also suitable for use in textiles for infants and toddlers. They also meet the standards set by the United States Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), especially those applicable for children's products, and Annex XVII of the European Union's REACH Regulation on restricted substances such as azo dyes and nickel.

Environment-friendly production without back-coating agents
Starting in production, Kuraray focuses on environmental compatibility and ensuring that its products do not contain harmful substances Last year this specialty chemicals company switched its entire hook and loop fastener production to a new process that no longer uses back-coating agents. Kuraray's hook and loop fasteners are therefore an effective, safe and environmentally friendly solution.

Simple fastening with a single tape
While Magictape is a conventional hook and loop system comprising separate hook and loop tapes, Freemagic uses alternating hooks and loops in the same tape. This means that a single tape can be fastened to itself at any point. That makes it more user-friendly in apparel, e.g. for belts and cuffs. In addition, the soft structure reduces snagging of the fabric it tape is attached to. Both types of hook and loop fastener meet the automotive safety standard FMVSS 302, the US counterpart to ISO 3795.
They are flame-resistant and suitable for use in road vehicles and planes as well. They hold components or seat covers firmly in place and simplify replacement.

 


Versatile, colourful and safe: Magictape and Freemagic from Kuraray combine the benefits of conventional hook and loop fasteners with a wide choice of colours and high safety standards, making them suitable for use in cars and planes. As an added benefit, OEKO-TEX has certified that Magictape and Freemagic do not contain harmful substances and have good skin tolerability, so they are even suitable for use in baby clothes.
Source: Kuraray


OEKO-TEX is one of the best known consumer quality labels. Certification confirms the safety of Magictape hook and loop tapes (product nos. A8693Y and B9751Y) and Freemagic tape (product no. F9820Y).

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 about 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 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

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-219 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0100 Quality label for Kuraray man-made leather: Tirrenina Nubuck now certified with Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/guetesiegel-fuer-kunstleder-von-kuraray-tirrenina-nubuck-jetzt-oeko-tex-zertifiziert/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=7f660af8dc7470a59fdfee760ff820d7 Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX label for Kuraray's completely solvent-free Clarino™ man-made leather Tirrenina Nubuck Hattersheim: February 26th, 2018. Since January 31, Tirrenina Nubuck 0.5 from Kuraray has been certified as conforming to Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. That means it can now use one of the most reliable textile quality labels. This manmade, polyester leather marketed under the Clarino brand is manufactured entirely without organic solvents, saves water, and is highly CO2 efficient. In addition, Tirrenina Nubuck has outstanding tear resistance, high mouldability and very good skin tolerability. The 0.5 mm thin nonwoven microfibre fabric comes in 24 stock service colours and is suitable for both technical and fashion applications - from mobile phone cases to sports shoes.

Regardless whether it is used in footwear, accessories or mobile phone cases, man-made leather has to be like the original: tear-resistant and mouldable with a pleasant hand. The Clarino man-made leather Tirrenina Nubuck scores highly on all counts. Now this nonwoven polyester microfibre fabric produced by global speciality chemicals company Kuraray, which is based in Tokyo, Japan, and Hattersheim am Main, Germany, is certified with Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX. It was awarded the Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX on January 31, 2018, certifying that it is free from harmful substances. At the same time, Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX highlights the high environmental and health awareness that drives Kuraray: organic solvents are not used at any stage in the production of Tirrenina Nubuck.

Environment-friendly production
OEKO TEX has been certifying compliance with Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX, one of the world's best-known consumer quality labels, for more than a quarter of a century. Certification is based on stringent assessment criteria. "Our new production process for Tirrenina Nubuck meets the Standard 100 OEKO TEX criteria for textiles that are free of harmful substances. It also cuts water consumption and CO2 emissions," explains Anna Fokeman, Marketing & Sales Representative Clarino. No organic solvents are used anywhere in the production chain. In addition, this polyester nonwoven has a minimal polyurethane content. The production process saves up to 70 percent water and cuts CO2 emissions by up to 35 percent compared with conventional methods. The end product is a tear-resistant, mouldable man-made leather that is just 0.5 mm thick and has low and even elongation properties.

Wide range of colours and applications
Tirrenina Nubuck can be used for fashions, in the home and for technical applications. There are virtually no limits on processing of Clarino manmade leather: it can be printed, laminated, perforated, embossed and stamped. Alongside fashion garments, accessories and footwear, applications for Tirrenina Nubuck include decorative finishes and consumer electronics, e.g. mobile phone cases. Tirrenina Nubuck comes in 24 stock service colours.

 

 

Colourful and environment-friendly: Tirrenina Nubuck  man-made leather from Kuraray is available in 24 stock service colours. This 0.5 mm thick polyester nonwoven is certified as conforming to Standard 100 by OEKO TEX. As well as meeting the demanding standards for this quality label, production uses less water and CO2 emissions are lower.
Source: Kuraray



Style-setter: from coats to mobile phone cases, Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX-certified Tirrenina Nubuck is free of harmful substances so it has especially good skin tolerability. This man-made leather is tear-resistant and allows individual processing - for a wide range of technical and fashion applications.
Source: 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 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 about 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 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

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-217 Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:08:17 +0100 Naoya Uehara joins the Management Board of Kuraray Europe https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/naoya-uehara-neu-in-der-geschaeftsfuehrung-bei-kuraray-europe/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=318294efb40443c95c85cbe57bdeb56e Naoya Uehara has been appointed to the Management Board of speciality chemicals producer Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) in Hattersheim, Germany, as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. Hattersheim, February 15, 2018. Naoya Uehara has been appointed to the Management Board of speciality chemicals producer Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) in Hattersheim, Germany, as co-managing director, alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. Naoya Uehara, an expert in finance and controlling, has a good knowledge of the German market: from 2002 until 2008 he headed the Controlling department at KEG. He takes over from Yoshiki Kuroki, who is taking on a new management post in Japan.

Naoya Uehara is the new co-managing director of Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG), alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. He joins the company from the United States where he held the post of Deputy General Manager and played a key role in the integration of the newly acquired DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions and Vinyls business. Subsequently, he was Director of Controlling and Business Support in the PVB Division. The Kuraray Group, a global speciality chemicals company headquartered in Japan, has more than 9,000 employees around the world and ranks among the market leaders industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres. Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) was established in 1991 and is based in Hattersheim am Main, Germany. It has 760 employees in Germany and around 100 at six other European sites.

During his career with Kuraray, Naoya Uehara has worked in Japan, the United States and Germany. In Hattersheim, he succeeds Yoshiki Kuroki, who is moving to Okayama, Japan to head a logistics company with close links to Kuraray. "We would like to thank Yoshiki Kuroki for his commitment to KEG over many years. He has played a key role in our success, especially increasing our market share in the region," says KEG's Managing Director Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. "We are very well positioned in Europe at present," says Naoya Uehara. "In the year ahead, we want to work together to extend our competitive businesses in Germany and Europe."

A successful 36-year track record at Kuraray
Naoya Uehara joined Kuraray in 1982, immediately after completing his studies at Osaka University. During his successful 36-year career he has gained an excellent knowledge of the company, its diverse business units and markets, including in Germany. From 2002 to 2008 Naoya Uehara headed the Controlling department at KEG. From 2009 he worked at Group headquarters in Tokyo, where his responsibilities included financial communication, global business controlling and project planning. He then moved to Wilmington, Delaware, USA, where he held a variety of posts, most recently as Director, Kuraray America Inc. Naoya Uehara's appointment to the Management Board of KEG is the start of a new phase in his successful career in the Kuraray Group, which has taken him around the world over the past 36 years. Naoya Uehara on his aspirations in his new role: "My personal goal is to use the experience I have gained in my various foreign assignments to drive forward KEG's success in line with Kuraray's global operation and growth."

Naoya Uehara is new co-managing director of Kuraray Europe GmbH alongside Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. The 59 year-old finance and controlling expert has an excellent knowledge of the international markets and Kuraray's market in Germany thanks to his long career in Japan, the USA and Germany.
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Yoshiki Kuroki, former co-managing director of Kuraray Europe GmbH, is to head a logistics company in Japan with close links to leading speciality chemicals producer Kuraray.
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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 about 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 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

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-215 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:33:15 +0100 Kuraray at TCT Asia in Shanghai: Launch of new MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-tct-asia-in-shanghai-neues-mowiflexTM-filament-fuer-den-3d-druck/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e6cc2ba5a479ae566619e25b84dc6587 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-213 Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:14:37 +0100 KURARAY POVAL ™ - Ceramic Binder: Low ash polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) grades are now available directly from the manufacturer, Kuraray Europe GmbH https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-povalTM-keramik-bindemittel-besonders-aschearme-polyvinylalkohol-pvoh-typen-und-jetzt-d/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=746338b45398cc7f8a3a0bc7e88b92fa 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-211 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.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-tct-formnext-in-frankfurt-am-main-neues-mowiflexTM-filament-fuer-den-3d-druck/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1acb6aebf9185ec6b625d5a2e5c60020 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-207 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:00:00 +0200 Kuraray presents High Performance Plastics for efficient Processing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-praesentiert-neue-hochleistungsfaehige-kunststoffe-fuer-eine-effiziente-verarbeitung/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=a836177788420027c4b21f5964b629b0 Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray is exhibiting its new polymer Septon Bio along with Hybrar, Eval, Genestar and new Mowiflex at Fakuma, Booth B1-1221 in Hall B1.     
Hattersheim/Friedrichshafen, October 17,2017. Plastics today have to meet more specific requirements than ever – with significant consequences for production: To make plastics products extra-elastic, robust or air-impermeable, the raw materials employed have to have highly specialized properties. Many of these raw materials are difficult to process and production processes are often very complex. At Booth B1-1221 in Hall B1 at Fakuma 2017 in Friedrichshafen from October 17 to 21, 2017, Kuraray, a globally leading specialty chemicals manufacturer, is presenting new Septon Bio as well as Hybrar, Eval EVOH, Genestar PA9T and Mowiflex: Plastics that have application-oriented properties while also permitting efficient processing.

Plastics have a multitude of functions: They enhance the impact-absorbing effect of floorcoverings, protect foods in packages from contamination and loss of aroma, or ensure the long-term durability of composite materials. However, many of these plastics call for special processing and are poorly compatible with widely-used production methods such as injection molding. Specialty chemicals producer Kuraray has therefore developed application-oriented plastics solutions – for ease of processing and efficient handling in production. Kuraray is presenting its broad plastics product portfolio at the 25th staging of the Fakuma trade show, the international flagship show for plastics processing, from October 17 to 21, 2017, in Friedrichshafen. At Booth B1-1221 in Hall B1, the polymer specialist will be reporting on:

  • bio-based thermoplastic elastomer Septon Bio
  • Hybrar, the thermoplastic elastomer with outstanding vibration-damping properties
  • Eval EVOH adding high barrier properties to complex coinjected shapes
  • heat, water and chemical resistant Genestar PA9T
  • Mowiflex, a water-soluble polymer that lends itself well to processing by injection molding.

Broad Portfolio of Plastics for Everything from Automotive to Packaging
The hydrogenated styrene farnesene block copolymer (HSFC) Septon Bio is the new and bio-based TPE raw material from Kuraray. Thanks to its high flow ability and outstanding adhesion, it is extra-easy to process, does without plasticizers and, in addition, has a broader damping range than conventional hydrogenated styrene block copolymers (HSBC). Septon Bio is the outcome of collaboration with Amyris, which derives the basic material B-farnesene from sugarcane. Septon Bio is put to use in many different applications such as adhesives, sealants, compounds and coatings, and is used for polymer modification.

The highly elastic styrene block copolymer Hybrar absorbs shocks and vibrations – even without integrated plasticizer. Available in hydrogenated and non-hydrogenated grades, it features good moldability and robustness. This makes Hybrar suitable for sports equipment, automotive and acoustic components, and floorcoverings.

The EVOH copolymer Eval is used as a barrier resin in co-extrusion and co-injection processes. Employed in extremely thin layers just a few millimeters thick in food and medicine packages, it provides a functional barrier versus oxygen and thus extends product quality and shelf life. In addition, it allows plastic automotive fuel systems to comply with strict fuel vapour emission standards. At Fakuma, Kuraray will explain how Eval as a highly effective barrier can be used in complex co-injected structures – to make barrier applications previously not possible with coextrusion processing.

The polyamide engineering plastic Genestar is a PA9T and has outstanding properties such as low water absorption and high heat and chemical resistance. Genestar can be precision-processed by extrusion and injection molding and is particularly suited to applications in electronic and automotive components.

The polyvinyl-alcohol-based polymer Mowiflex is water-soluble and at the same time highly suitable for thermoplastic processes such as injection molding. Its low shrinkage means shorter process times and lower material usage. Mowiflex is ideal for water-soluble packages for agrochemicals, for automatic dishwasher tablets and as a support material in 3D printing.
 

Captions/image source: Kuraray

[Image 1] Extremely thin and aroma-secure: The copolymer Eval EVOH from Kuraray protects foods against oxygen in packages with barrier layers just a few micrometers thick.

 

[Image 2] Heat- and chemical-resistant: Exhibited by Kuraray at Fakuma 2017, Genestar PA9T is a highly robust engineering plastic that is ideal for processing by extrusion and injection molding.

 

[Image 3] Customized and water-soluble: The polymer Mowiflex from Kuraray can be injection-molded for the production of water-soluble packages in different shapes for automatic dishwasher tablets.

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.
www.kuraray.eu


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.elastomer.kuraray.com

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-209 Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:38:00 +0200 Kuraray announces that it will increase the prices of KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™ https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erhoeht-die-preise-fuer-kuraray-poval-TM-elvanol-TM-exceval-TM-und-mowiflex-TM-zum-01-dezember/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ae402d3686dd2e072fa9b88760afb4ea 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
Region Price Increase
Japan JPY 30/kg
Asia-Pacific US$ 300/ton
North America, South America US$ 300/ton
Middle East & Africa US$ 300/ton
Europe EUR 300/ton

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news-205 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0200 Kuraray at TCT Show in Birmingham: New MOWIFLEX™ filament for 3D Printing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-tct-show-in-birmingham-neues-mowiflexTM-filament-fuer-den-3d-druck/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b2a74aeff87dedf3bc4b30a5e6b46dc2 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-201 Wed, 05 Jul 2017 08:19:00 +0200 Co-operation of Polymaker and Kuraray: 3D printing filament based on Mowital® https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kooperation-von-polymaker-und-kuraray-3d-druckfilament-auf-mowitalR-basis/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1342f496144144bc50a8dd6ca689f2b9 Hattersheim, July 5th, 2017. Based on its co-operation with Kuraray, Polymaker is now launching PolySmooth™, the first PVB-based 3D printing filament. This filament, whose main component is Kuraray’s polyvinyl butyral resin Mowital®, marks a breakthrough in filament-based 3D printing. Due to its excellent ‘smoothability’, objects printed in PolySmooth™ and post processed with Polymaker’s Micro-Droplet Polishing™ technology show such smooth and bright surfaces that they can compete with industrially-manufactured injection molded parts.    
Polymaker’s material scientists worked closely with the Kuraray team in the development of PolySmooth™. “Mowital® is the ideal basis for our formulation”, says Dr. Xiaofan Luo, the Co-Founder and President of Polymaker: “We tested many different PVB raw materials and Mowital® was clearly the best in terms of quality and consistency. With this product we were able to significantly improve the surface properties of 3D printed parts.”

“The use of Mowital® in 3D printing makes it possible to print objects with high surface quality at home too“, explains Jörg Bruss, Director, Global Business - Technical Resin at Kuraray. “We are looking forward to continuing to work with Polymaker. Together, we will  expand the market share of PVB in 3D printing.”

A bright result
What really makes this launch a landmark in 3D printing is the unique ‘smoothability’ of PolySmooth™. When a 3D model printed in PolySmooth™ is placed inside the Polysher™, the dedicated post-processing machine for PolySmooth™, an ultrasonic nebulizer creates a very fine mist of Isopropanol (IPA) that engulfs the model. Due to the filaments excellent solubility in alcohols, the IPA mist inside the Polysher™ rapidly melts the surface of the PolySmooth™ model. This process fuses the layers together and levels out any unevenness on the surface, turning a rough layered matte surface into a watertight glossy object – a true highlight in filament based 3D printing. This means that users will be able to produce 3D objects at home to an industry standard.


Outstanding material properties
In comparison to the current standard materials for filament-based 3D printing, PolySmooth™ displays outstanding printability, excellent mechanical properties and has a very minimal  odor during the printing process, making it suitable for both industrial as well as office/studio environments.   

Mowital® are specialty polymers with specific technical properties. The polymers can be customized for a wide range of applications. Polyvinyl butyral’s properties such as mechanical stability, resistance to light and excellent thermoplastic processibility contribute to the characteristics of PolySmooth™, whose great dimensional stability with minimal warping which makes it ideal for large prints.

 

Images
Source: Polymaker

Bright result: PolySmooth™,whose main component is Kuraray’s polyvinyl butyral resin, marks a breakthrough in filament-based 3D printing. Mowital® significantly improves the surface properties of 3D printed parts.

True highlight: PolySmooth™, a filament based on Kuraray’s polyvinyl butyral resin Mowital®, allows for printing objects with such smooth and bright surfaces that they can compete with industrially-manufactured injection molded parts.



Milestone: The use of Mowital® in 3D printing makes it possible to print objects with high surface quality at home. This means that users will be able to produce 3D objects at home to an industry standard.

 

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.
www.kuraray.eu.


About Polymaker LLC:
Polymaker is a company committed to innovation, quality and sustainability in the pursuit of producing high-quality materials for the 3D printing industry. Headquartered in Shanghai, China, Polymaker now has global offices in the USA, Netherlands and Japan. With their state-of-the-art manufacturing center and market leading quality control process, Polymaker's filaments are not only ensured to have the best quality standards, but also provide innovative properties. Whether it is with their increased mechanical strength, unparalleled Jam-Free™ printing or the world’s first 3D printable foam based filament, Polymaker will continue to bring new performance enhanced materials to the 3D printing community.
www.polymaker.com http://www.polymaker.com



Press contacts:
Dr. Bettina Blaumann
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-199 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.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-erhoeht-preise-fuer-polyvinylalkohol-produkte-pva-pvoh-in-europa-afrika-u/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=96c9172f016a4ea87fbe021ddbc8d6d8 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.
  • Scope of revision POVH resin
    KURARAY POVAL™, ELVANOL™, EXCEVAL™ and MOWIFLEX™
  • Effective date:  Shipments on or after June 1, 2017  
  • Scope of revision and price increase

  • Area Price Increase
    Asia Pacific US$ 100/ton
    North America US$ 100/ton
    South America US$ 100/ton
    Middle East, Africa US$ 100/ton
    Europe Euro 100/ton
    Japan JPY 10/kg

     

     

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    news-197 Thu, 04 May 2017 09:00:00 +0200 Save Food – from field to fork: barriers to prevent food waste https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/save-food-vom-feld-bis-auf-den-tisch-barrieren-gegen-lebensmittelverschwendung/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=01fae57f3a61ad977d9a57a243ed40b0 Hattersheim/Düsseldorf, April 2017. Packaging needs special properties to make sure food stays fresh and edible. Kuraray, the world’s leading barrier polymer producer, is a member of the Save Food Initiative and will be exhibiting special barrier plastics such as KURARISTER™, EXCEVAL™ and the new biopolymer PLANTIC™, as well as the barrier EVOH copolymer EVAL™ at interpack 2017 on May 4-10 in Düsseldorf, Germany (OA South/IPP10 and Hall 10, Stand D63). These products are used in a wide range of applications to optimise packaging and reduce both food and packaging waste at all stages from the field to the consumer’s fork. At the same time, EVAL™ ensures food safety by blocking MOSH/MOAH mineral oil and other harmful outside contamination.
    Keeping products such as fresh meat, fish, cheese and vegetables fresh reduces food loss and food waste and, at the same time, it is good for both health and cost-efficiency. Kuraray has a wide range of barrier plastics that extend shelf life and keep food fresh and safe from outside contamination at all processing steps from field to fork. As a member of the Save Food initiative, Kuraray is presenting its product portfolio at interpack 2017, the leading international trade show for packaging, processing, distribution and quality assurance, in Düsseldorf, Germany, on May 4-10, 2017. At Stand IPP 10 in the Outdoor Area South, the company’s polymer specialists will be providing information on the biopolymer PLANTIC™, KURARISTER™ high-barrier film, EVAL™ EVOH resins and monolayer film, and water-soluble EVOH for film coating EXCEVAL™. In Hall 10, Stand D63 Kuraray is also presenting EVAL™, focusing on barrier against MOSH/MOAH, and on the easy recycling of multilayer packaging in normal PP recycling streams.

    Compostable, sterilisable, and highly moisture-resistant
    The compostable biopolymer PLANTIC™, which comprises up to 80 percent renewably-sourced starch, reduces packaging waste and can be used, for example, in packaging for fresh meat and cheese. New PLANTIC™ CF barrier sealant can be laminated to paper to make a completely compostable barrier package.

    The transparent, high-barrier film KURARISTER™ retains its high barrier properties during retort treatment. Applications include stand-up pouches for rice, soup and vegetables. New grades CF and CI with moisture barrier offer a transparent alternative to Al foil.

    EVAL™ EVOH copolymer is used as a barrier resin for coextrusion or coininjection, or as a monolayer film for lamination. It is used in extremely thin layers as the functional barrier against oxygen and aroma in food packaging, extending shelf life. An EVAL™ layer of just 4 µm also blocks the migration of MOSH/MOAH mineral oils and other outside contamination that can affect food safety. Kuraray will also be explaining how multilayer structures including EVAL™ can be easily recycled in normal Polypropylene recycling streams.

    EXCEVAL™ are chlorine-free water soluble Ethylene-modified polyvinyl alcohols used for solution coating. They absorb exceptionally little moisture and therefore provide excellent protection against oxygen and carbon dioxide, even at high humidity. Cereals and frozen meat therefore keep their aroma for longer.



    Safe bags for tastier crisps: at interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf, Kuraray is exhibiting packaging with barrier plastics such as EVAL™, EXCEVAL™, KURARISTER™ and PLANTIC™ to protect food better, make sure it stays fresh for longer, and reduce food waste.
    Source: urbanbuzz/Shutterstock.com | Only editorial use


    Kuraray offers halogen-free barrier plastics suited to virtually any processing method, from coextrusion to lamination to solution coating.

     

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    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 at interpack 2017:

    William Reay
    Global Marketing Manager
    EVAL Europe N.V.
    Haven 1053, Niewe Web 1
    B-2070 Zwijndrecht (Antwerp)
    Phone: +32 3 250 9733
    E-Mail: interpack(at)kuraray.com
    Internet: www.evalevoh.com

    Heiko Mack
    Head of Poval Business
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
    65795 Hattersheim am Main
    Phone: +49-69-305-85343
    E-Mail: interpack(at)kuraray.com
    Internet: www.kuraray.eu


    Pressekontakt Kuraray Europe GmbH:
    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

     

     

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    news-195 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 12:45:00 +0100 Kuraray Elastomers: Price Increase of SEPTON™, HYBRAR™ and TU-Polymer https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-elastomers-preiserhoehung-fuer-septonTM-hybrarTM-und-tu-polymer/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=901ca7059173a3268a3ad1dbd5463f1e Hattersheim am Main, March 6th, 2017 − Kuraray will raise the transaction prices of its Elastomer products SEPTON™, HYBRAR™ and TU-Polymer by $0.50 per kilogram ($0.23 per pound) in all regions effective April 1, 2017, or as existing supply agreements allow.

    Increasing feedstock prices during the course of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 have increased costs to produce these specialty high performance materials. It is necessary to recover a portion of these increases to ensure ongoing supply and new product innovation.


    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
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    news-193 Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:36:52 +0100 Kuraray announces that it will increase the price of KURARAY POVAL™, EXCEVAL™ and ELVANOL™. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/keg-erhoeht-preise-fuer-polyvinylalkohol-produkte-pva-pvoh-in-europa-afrika-und-mittlerer-ost-2/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fb884f6aa98d219980d87d00e058ed2e 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.”

     

    Area Price Increase
    Asia Pacific USD100/MT
    North America USD100/MT
    South America USD100/MT
    Middle East & Africa USD100/MT
    Europe EUR100/MT
    Japan JPY10/kg

     

     

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    news-191 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:27:31 +0100 A Biologically Derived Liquid Rubber that Improves Ice Grip https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/bio-fluessigkautschuk-verbessert-eis-grip/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d8dd419ce016ec5a20e68e2c2f7b720a Liquid Farnesene Rubber Used in Car Tires for First Time
    Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, February 20th, 2017 – Kuraray Co., Ltd. today announces that Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. has adopted liquid farnesene rubber (LFR) as a performance enhancing additive for use in the production of the latest studless tire WINTER MAXX 02. LFR is a liquid rubber developed by Kuraray using a new biologically derived diene monomer called farnesene, developed by Amyris, Inc. This is the first time it is being used in tires.

    Kuraray has discovered a variety of LFR’s unique advantages and, going forward, will continue optimizing its molecular design to develop new applications that meet customers’ diverse performance requirements, going beyond tires.

    Background
    Kuraray concluded a joint-development agreement with U.S. biotechnology company Amyris, Inc. in 2011, and together created technology that refines Amyris’s biomass material farnesene to a level of purity suitable for polymerization as well as technology that synthesizes LFR. Kuraray discovered relationships between various properties when combining LFR’s molecular structure with rubber compounds and began supplying LFR to tire manufacturers. And, recently, following the success of this partnership, in December 2016, Kuraray and Amyris signed a multi-year collaboration extension, which includes joint marketing of products to industry and end customers.

    Kuraray specially designed the LFR used in the Sumitomo Rubber’s latest studless tire WINTER MAXX 02. By combining the LFR with rubber compounds, Kuraray has improved the tire’s ice grip performance at low temperatures while impeding the hardening of rubber compounds over time, thereby helping maintain the tire’s performance.

    (News release about the launch of WINTER MAXX 02 tires: http://www.srigroup.co.jp/newsrelease/2016/sri/2016_057.html (Japanese only))

    LFR Features:
    This proprietary liquid rubber uses farnesene manufactured from sugar cane using fermentation technology. The viscosity is much lower compared with current liquid isoprene rubber. When used as an additive in rubber compounds, it imparts high plasticity. In addition, it maintains excellent flexibility even at low temperatures and improves ice grip performance. Thanks to its optimal molecular weight, LFR reacts completely with solid rubber during vulcanization, meaning, unlike an oil, which would migrate to the rubber’s surface over time and thus impede hardening, it stays bonded. Therefore, its ice grip performance is maintained over the long term.

    About Amyris, Inc.:
    Amyris (Nasdaq:AMRS) is the integrated renewable products company that is enabling the world’s leading brands to achieve sustainable growth. Amyris applies its innovative bioscience solutions to convert plant sugars into hydrocarbon molecules and produce specialty ingredients and consumer products. The company is delivering its No Compromise® products across a number of markets, including specialty and performance chemicals, flavors and fragrances, cosmetics ingredients, pharmaceuticals, and nutraceuticals. More information about the company is available at www.amyris.com.

    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
    www.kuraray.eu.

     

    Kuraray LFR is used in Sumitomo Rubber’s studless tire “WINTER MAXX 02”. (Image and Logo provided by Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd.)


    LFR possesses a highly branched brush-like structure with molecular chains that do not easily become entangled with one another. In addition, a highly reactive double bond on the end of each branch ensures that, when vulcanized, LFR completely reacts with solid rubber and solidifies.

     

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    news-189 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +0100 Kuraray at Lineapelle in Milan: Launch of new CLARINO™ lineup https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-praesentiert-neuste-clarinoTM-produktlinie-auf-der-lineapelle-in-mailand/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=528921d01980395956826f7df399a621 Hattersheim am Main, February 15th, 2017 – Kuraray is launching a new lineup of products manufactured under the CLARINO™ man-made leather brand, further expanding its position in the man-made leather market. The company is presenting the development at Lineapelle in Milan, Italy, from February 21 - 23, 2017. The lineup includes extremely natural-looking products created through an environmentally friendly manufacturing process. These products have the look and feel of natural leather while offering the greater functionalities of man-made leather. “In their natural leather look and feel, these fabrics raise the bar for man-made leather products,” explains Simon Judson, Head of the Business Unit Clarino/ amaretta.  “At our luxury-boutique styled booth we will present the classy appeal of our new lineup, which is an ideal material for high-end, fashionable bags, accessories, shoes and apparel.”

    "In the luxury accessory market, man-made leather is currently attracting more and more interest," Mr. Judson comments. On the one hand, this is as a result of increased prices for natural leather whilst on the other hand there is greater awareness of the environmental impact of leather production.

    About CLARINO™:
    Launched in 1965, CLARINO™ is Kuraray’s man-made leather brand. Using a unique production process, Kuraray became the first in the world to develop a man-made leather with a structure that closely resembles the complex structure of natural leather (animal skin). Since it is strong, lightweight and easy to care for, CLARINO™ is widely used for men’s and women’s footwear, randoseru (school bags), business bags and camera cases as well as sports equipment, including shoes, balls and gloves that require superior strength and functionality.

    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
    www.kuraray.eu.

     


    CLARINO™ is an ideal material for high-quality accessory items and high-fashion apparel.

     

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    news-187 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:00:00 +0100 Kuraray Elastomers: Price Revision for Liquid Rubber, Trans Polyisoprene and ISOBAM https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-elastomers/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e6ca659489c3cfe5a04e26bb1b19c777 Hattersheim am Main, January 26th, 2017 − Kuraray will raise the prices of Liquid Rubber, Trans Polyisoprene and ISOBAM for shipments starting from March 1st, 2017, as follows:

    Products Price increase
    Liquid isoprene rubber US$ 0.23/kg US$ 0.10/lb Euro 0.21/kg
    Liquid Butadiene rubber, ec. US$ 0.68/kg US$ 0.31/lb Euro 0.63/kg
    Trans-polyisoprene rubber US$ 0.23/kg US$ 0.10/lb Euro 0.21/kg
    ISOBAM isobutylene water-soluble resin US$ 0.23/kg US$ 0.10/lb Euro 0.21/kg


    Increasing feedstock prices during the course of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 have increased costs to produce these specialty high performance materials. It is necessary to recover a portion of these increases to ensure ongoing supply and new product innovation.

    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
    www.kuraray.eu

     

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    news-185 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 17:53:27 +0100 Product Discontinuation Notice https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/produktabkundigung/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=2dc3bb98808d689278fb85ee1c19734b This notification is to inform our customers that our products Mowital® B 45 M and Mowital® LP BX-860 will be discontinued. Both grades are commonly used as binder for coatings and printing inks.
    Products will be available while supplies last and no later than December 31, 2017.

    This discontinuation affects the following material numbers:

    Material Number Description Packaging
    84010102 Mowital® B 45 M 15 kg paper bag

    Suggested Replacement:
    Mowital® B 45 H

    Material Number Description Packaging
    84250102 Mowital® LP BX-860 15 kg paper bag

    Suggested Replacement:
    Mowital® B 45 H or Mowital® B 60 H

    We regret any inconvenience this situation may cause. For assistance with product selection for your specific application, please contact Kuraray’s Technical Service at +49 69 305 85729 (EMEA), +81 3 6701 1422 (ASIA) or +1 2489 229582 (AMERICAS). You can also reach us at Marketing-PVB(at)kuraray.com.

    We appreciate our partnership and look forward to assisting you.

     

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    news-182 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 08:00:00 +0100 New KURARAY POVAL™ grade available https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/neue-kuraray-povalTM-type-verfuegbar/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=33cd93d8750bb7fb9211b16f7832eceb New KURARAY POVAL™ grade available: KURARAY POVAL 50-92 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

     

    TypeViscosityDegree of HydrolysisNon-volatile content (%)Ash content (%)pH
    3-832.5-3.580.4-84.897.5±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 specialty 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.


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    news-178 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:54:00 +0100 Kuraray Elastomers: Price Increase of SEPTON™, HYBRAR™ and TU-Polymer https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-elastomere-preiserhoehung-fuer-septonTM-hybrarTM-und-tu-polymer/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0313dbf7c4c2274d6a78f516612a5e2d Hattersheim am Main, January 26th, 2017 − Kuraray will raise the transaction prices of its Elastomer products SEPTON™, HYBRAR™ and TU-Polymer by $ 0.45 per kilogram ($ 0,20 per pound) in all regions effective March 1, 2017, or as existing supply agreements allow.

    Increasing feedstock prices during the course of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 have increased costs to produce these specialty high performance materials. It is necessary to recover a portion of these increases to ensure ongoing supply and new product innovation.


    About Kuraray:

    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
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    news-176 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 17:54:41 +0100 Kuraray Elastomers: Price Increase of SEPTON™, HYBRAR™ and TU-Polymer https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-elastomere/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b813c378b54e6fc6051a857cf218e04e Hattersheim am Main, January 4th, 2017 − Kuraray will raise the transaction prices of its Elastomer products SEPTON™, HYBRAR™ and TU-Polymer by $0.25 per kilogram in all regions effective February 1, 2017, or as existing supply agreements allow.

    Increasing feedstock prices during the course of 2016 have increased the costs to produce these specialty high performance materials. It is necessary to recover a portion of these increases to ensure ongoing supply and new product innovation.

    About Kuraray:

    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
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    news-174 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 10:25:48 +0100 Name change: Polyvinyl butyral - Pioloform® BL 16 will change to Mowital® BA 20 S https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/namensaenderung/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1c05fd23149a43d16cc29b7f1a6dc699 This notification is to inform our customers that starting from January 1, 2017, the Pioloform® product name will be changed to Mowital®.

    This name change is part of a global harmonization process of Kuraray’s polyvinyl butyral (PVB) brands. Mowital® is an existing global brand name of Kuraray PVB products. With this change the brand name Mowital® will be extended to all Kuraray PVB products. However, production processes will be unchanged and all regulatory information remains valid.

    Pioloform® BL 16 will be included into our Mowital product type nomenclature and hence will be renamed  to Mowital® BA 20 S.

    There will be a transitional period, during which the old and the new name will co-exist. Package branding for example, will show both, the old and the new product nomenclature, during the transition period. However, we are working hard to ensure that this period will be kept short and will not affect you in any way.  

    Kuraray is a global manufacturer of polyvinyl butyral with over 70 years of experience. Our portfolio includes standard products and specialties. Mowital® meets all your requirements whether you are looking for low or high viscosity PVB.  The range includes products for a broad variety of applications.

    Mowital® − the brand for  best connections.

     

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    news-172 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:49:48 +0100 Superior Visibility and Flame Resistance https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/superior-visibility-and-flame-resistance/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=075e054f54d551b4bb737415516f47e9 ECOMAGIC and FREEMAGIC− two new MAGIC TAPE hook and loop fastener products Osaka, December 12, 2016 – under the ECOMAGIC and FREEMAGIC brand names Kuraray is now launching two newly developed MAGIC TAPE hook and loop fastener products.The new products are additions to these lineups and are available in two colours: fluorescent orange red and fluorescent yellow.

    Both products conform with JIS T 8127 standards for high-visibility (HV) clothing and meet the FMVSS 302 standards for automotive-grade flame resistance. JIS T 8127 standards are the Japanese equivalent to the ISO 20471 standard for HV clothing.

    Due to their superior flame resistance and visibility the application potential ranges from protective work gear, safety clothing for road workers, police or fire brigades to driver's protective equipment such as warning vests. Other applications are sports apparel and outdoor equipment as they also require enhanced visibility from a distance.

    ECOMAGIC is a polyester-based hook and loop fastener lineup and even surpasses the JIS T 8127 standards for HV clothing in terms of chromaticity, brightness and colour durability. FREEMAGIC lineup features hooks and loops on the same side of the tape to enhance usability. Thanks to their softness, FREEMAGIC products do not damage other materials even when used on such clothing components as belts, waistbands and cuffs.

    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over EUR 4 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 850 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.
    www.kuraray.eu.

     


    ECOMAGIC products are available in two colours: fluorescent yellow and orange

     

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    news-170 Tue, 22 Nov 2016 15:33:54 +0100 DIBt awards National Technical Approval for shear-coupled Trosifol® Extra Stiff (ES) https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/dibt-vergibt-abz-fuer-trosifolR-extra-stiff-es-mit-schubverbund/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5ff4d5cca4b2e9c209bffdcf7a44e45f After the granting of the National Technical Approval for Trosifol® Extra Stiff (ES) a year ago, Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt) (the German approval body for construction products) has now also granted its approval for shear-coupled Trosifol® ES.

    Together with the SentryGlas® ionplast interlayer, Trosifol® now has two products with structural attributes, which allow for thinner glass constructions to be fabricated that can still offer much better residual load-bearing capacity after glass breakage than conventional laminated safety glass. The special feature of new Trosifol® ES is its shear coupling that facilitates lower glass thicknesses – significantly lowers the weight per unit area.

    PVB film with structural properties is new
    The high residual load-bearing capacity of the two products from Trosifol has been confirmed by the Universität der Bundeswehr (University of the German Armed Forces) in Munich.

    Videos of the test are available at the Trosifol® website:
    www.trosifol.com/post-breakage

    The increased structural strength permits glass thickness reductions of up to 30 per cent. On the other hand, if the glass thickness remains unchanged, it is possible to increase the glass area and the spans between fastenings – resulting in fewer glass brackets being necessary. SentryGlas and Trosifol ES thus facilitate slimmer bracket constructions, minimised glass supports and simplified assembly among others.

    Shear-coupled Trosifol® ES is therefore ideal for large glazed surfaces and façades, and other applications where jumbo-sized laminated safety glass is used.


    Example of a smaller application with shear-coupled Trosifol® ES
    (photo: Trosifol/Shutterstock.com)

    Press contact:   
    Johanna Krauthauf, Head of Organizational Development & Communication
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Philipp-Reis-Strasse 4, D-65795 Hattersheim, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 69 305 85-934
    Fax +49 (0) 69 305 85-399
    Mobile +49 (0) 172 28 33 943
    E-Mail presse(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    * SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is used under exclusive license by Kuraray and its sub-licensees. Trosifol® is a registered trademark of Kuraray.

     

     

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    news-168 Wed, 09 Nov 2016 12:58:41 +0100 Lightweight, Highly-Functional Resin That Is as Strong as Metal https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/lightweight-highly-functional-resin-that-is-as-strong-as-metal/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=997580111b8ca9c7561aecf85c92e5f1 Use of Laser Transmission Grade GENESTAR Grows in Automotive Applications Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Fumio Ito; "Kuraray") today announces the expansion of applications for GENESTAR, a highly-functional polyamide resin that the Company developed, to include auto parts due to its high laser transmittance. Going forward, we aim to expand use of this resin in electric and electronic components.

    About GENESTAR
    • Kuraray’s development of this proprietary heat-resistant polyamide resin began with the creation of raw material monomer. In 1999, Kuraray became the first in the world to successfully commercialize such a material, PA9T, which it launched under the name GENESTAR.
    • GENESTAR is highly resistant to heat, chemicals and friction while boasting low water absorption and superior electrical insulation.
    • Thanks to these features, GENESTAR is used for connectors in smartphones, personal computers and other electric and electronic appliances as well as to make LED reflectors. Moreover, it is gaining popularity in the automotive industry in harmony with growing demand for lightweight vehicles. Specifically, GENESTAR is widely used for cooling system components, fuel tubes and other auto parts, providing a lightweight alternative to metal. In recent years, the use of this resin in automotive electronics has been growing.
    About Laser Transmission Grade Resins
    • To make cars lighter and more fuel efficient as well as improve functionality, resin components are increasingly being integrated into auto parts. Such integration, in turn, means that more secondary components like bolts or adhesives are needed to build auto parts from the new components.
    • Heat welding, however, provides a solution that precludes the need for secondary components. Other types of welding, for example, vibration welding, ultrasonic welding and hot plate welding, all require weld ribs or similar specialized features to be included in parts design, and may result in welding burrs and damage to internal components. Laser welding, in contrast, poses no such dangers.
    • Among engineering plastics, GENESTAR boasts exceptionally high laser transmittance. Because its weldability is not generally restricted by its thickness (fig. 1), there is more freedom in terms of component design. In addition, it is also possible to use this material for components that were originally difficult to weld.
    • Since the first use of GENESTAR in a cooling component (fig. 2) for Toyota Motor's new V6 engine last year, applications in highly functional automotive components have increased, helping make cars lighter and more functional. Going forward, we aim to expand use of this material beyond auto parts to include a wide range of applications, including electric and electronic components.

     


    Fig. 1. Laser transmittance of engineering resins.


    Fig. 2. Laser transmission grade used by Toyota Motors.

     

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    http://www.kuraray.com/release/2016/161109.html

     

    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over 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.
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    news-166 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:01:57 +0100 Chemistry to touch https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/chemie-zum-anfassen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d15c82fe0f5e297a5d937dd770f3629d I AM MINT cooperation between the chemical company Kuraray and the Integrated Herder Comprehensive School in Frankfurt Hattersheim am Main, November, 2016 - As part of the I AM MINT initiative, Kuraray Europe GmbH cooperates with the Herder Integrated Comprehensive School in Frankfurt am Main. In this manner interested students receive practical insights into the MINT professions (mathematics, computer science, natural sciences, technology) at the chemical firm Kuraray Europe GmbH. The special feature is that former trainees – the so-called apprentice mentors – meet with young people on their own terms, presenting both the theory and practice of their professional education.

    Against the backdrop of an already noticeable shortage of skilled workers, Kuraray sees in I AM MINT an excellent opportunity for qualified young people to get to know and exchange ideas with each other and at an early stage. "At the end of the school year students are often uncertain of the vocation they want to learn," says Susan Kolac-Lang from Human Resources at Kuraray, based on her many years of experience. The I AM MINT project starts at exactly that point and supports young people in their career choice.

    Delving into the Practice for two days
    At Kuraray, a comprehensive two-day program awaits the scientifically interested pupils. On Day 1 they are given insights into the firm during a company visit, accompanied by their apprentice mentors and Susan Kolac-Lang. On Day 2 the mentors come to the school and, in addition to the company, present their own occupations. In order to keep in touch afterwards, interested students can connect with their mentors via the I AM Mint Facebook page.
     
    The apprentice mentors also get something out of the MINT project: They are trained in a 2-day workshop on how to make presentations, deal with groups, and how to post something on the I AM MINT Facebook page.

    Getting in touch with companies early
    "I AM MINT fits well into our professional orientation concept", explains Melanie Schmidt, director of the 7th and 8th grades at the Herder School. On the one hand, the school's project offers an opportunity to establish lasting contacts with companies in the region. On the other, those gifted in mathematics and natural sciences have the opportunity to gain an impression of the professions in practice. "With the apprentices' mentors, our students receive a contact person who speaks their language. We like that very much”, adds the teacher.

    The activities are expected to start in February 2017.


    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over 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.
    www.kuraray.eu

    About IGS Herder:
    The IGS Herder, a certified "school of culture", is an integrated, comprehensive school offering all-day classes in Frankfurt’s Ostend (East End) district, currently holding 24 classes with over 590 students.
    www.igs-herder.de

    About I AM MINT:
    The I AM MINT project aims at inspiring young people towards a career in the field of "Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Technology" (MINT) and is spearheaded throughout the state of Hessen’s by the ‘SCHULEWIRTSCHAFT’ labor union.
    www.iammint.de

     

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    Here’s to a good partnership! Melanie Schmidt (7/8th grade director at the Herder School, left) and Susan Kolac-Lang (Kuraray, Human Resources, right) are pleased to announce the cooperation between Kuraray and IGS Herder as part of the I AM MINT project.

     

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    news-164 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:00:00 +0200 Kuraray at K 2016 in Düsseldorf https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-k-2016-in-duesseldorf/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ac1f2333c189c1ea0d4bd6a08befed82 Discovery in the new “automotive world” of Kuraray Hattersheim am Main, October 19, 2016

    At K 2016 in Düsseldorf, Japanese specialty chemicals company Kuraray is showcasing its combined expertise for the automotive industry for the first time. The products highlighted offer a wide range of performance, design and production benefits for the automotive industry.

    “Kuraray has been an efficient supplier to the automotive industry for many years. We want to align our products even more closely to applications in this sector in the future and to step up solutions tailored to customers’ requirements,” explains Yoshiki Kuroki, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH.

    Convincing automotive solutions
    The challenges facing the automotive industry are rising steadily: improved performance and safety, optimized design, more comfort and a reduction in weight to enhance fuel economy are just some examples. “These high demands can be met with Kuraray’s extensive range of high-performance materials,” says Yoshiki Kuroki.

    For example, Kuraray Liquid Rubber (K-LR) significantly improves tire performance by balancing grip, fuel efficiency and rolling resistance. The excellent barrier properties of EVAL™ EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer) keep light weight plastic fuel systems in full compliance with strict emission regulations. Using Kuraray’s hook & loop fasteners to install interior components enhances design flexibility, raises productivity and reduces overall weight. The highly transparent Parapet® (methacrylic resin) has excellent surface hardness and is often used instead of glass for cockpit glazing.

    Highlights for the consumer goods and packaging industry as well
    “That is naturally only a small sample of our range,” says Carmen Mundt, Marketing Specialist Elastomer. “Visitors to our booth will also find information on new developments for many other segments.” Alongside products for the automotive industry, Kuraray is exhibiting products for consumer goods, for example, KURARAY POVALTM and Mowital® for 3D printing. For the packaging industry, Kuraray will be showcasing PLANTIC™, which contains up to 80 percent renewable raw materials and is used in the production of trays und vacuum skin packaging with high barrier properties.

    By focusing its presence at K 2016 on the automotive industry, Kuraray aims to convince even more customers in this sector of its expertise.



    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 employees and annual sales of over 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.
    www.kuraray.eu

     

    KEG Communications & Marketing
    Philipp-Reis-Str. 4
    65795 Hattersheim
    Germany
    +49 305 85797
    presse(at)kuraray.com
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    Caption 1: Kuraray Liquid Rubber in tires: various grades of Kuraray Liquid Rubber are used in the production of tire components. They enhance the quality and durability of the end products.


    Caption 2: The chemical and gas barrier properties of EVALTM are required for many automotive applications such as plastic tanks, fuel hoses and filler necks.

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    news-160 Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:50:55 +0200 Information for local residents https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/informationen-fuer-betroffene-buerger/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e081dd19bf467a9d2ea79f66779eaa0b Powder spillage at Kuraray facility in Höchst Industrial Park Hattersheim am Main, October 4, 2016 - At 1.37 a.m. this morning there was a brief spillage of Mowital® powder from the Mowital® facility operated by Kuraray Europe GmbH at Höchst Industrial Park.

    Mowital® is a harmless white plastic powder. As a result of the prevailing wind direction, some of this powder settled in the areas of Sindlingen and Hattersheim. The authorities have been notified.

    If local residents notice powder deposits, these can be removed by wiping or rinsing with water. Residents whose vehicles are affected may have them washed at either of the following service stations on the Sindlingen roundabout: Esso, Höchster-Farbenstr. 2 or Shell, Höchster-Farbenstr. 5.

    If you have any questions, please contact the company on 069/305-85797 or 069/305-85380. Local residents can naturally also obtain information by calling the citizens’ information line on 069 / 305-4000.

    Kuraray Europe GmbH regrets this incident and apologises to those affected for any inconvenience caused.


    About Mowital®
    Mowital® is a plastic used, among other things, in the production of safety film for laminated safety glass for the automotive industry.

    About Kuraray:
    The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed specialty chemicals company
    headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10,000 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 850 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.
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    news-158 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 10:17:36 +0200 New KURARAY POVAL™ grades available https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/neuartige-kuraray-povalTM-typen-verfuegbar/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=49bb9d799fcf98f8baa38cd96810d349 New KURARAY POVAL™ grades available. KURARAY POVAL 3-83 / KURARAY POVAL 56-88 Hattersheim am Main, 18 August, 2016 − Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is now launching two new KURARAY POVAL™ grades for the market, further enhancing its comprehensive PVOH product range:


      ›  KURARAY POVAL 3-83
      ›  KURARAY POVAL 56-88

     

    TypViskositätHydrolyse GradNicht flüchtige Anteile(%)Asche Gehalt (%)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 specialty 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.


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    news-156 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:03:00 +0200 Kuraray Europe GmbH: Realignment of distribution channels for elastomers https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-ordnet-vertriebswege-fuer-elastomere-in-europa-neu/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=14cf3953313716b435940bbc72f3a0b3 Business Unit Elastomer of Kuraray Europe GmbH terminates cooperation with Marubeni Hattersheim am Main, July 01, 2016 − As of today, the Japanese specialty chemical company Kuraray takes over the sales of its established elastomer brands SEPTON™, HYBRAR™, KURARITY™ and LIR/LBR previously executed by Marubeni in Europe. A distribution agreement between the Business Unit Elastomer of Kuraray Europe GmbH, Hattersheim, and Marubeni Europe plc, Dusseldorf, was terminated on June 30, 2016.

    "We firmly believe that the realignment of our European distribution channels represents a great opportunity for further growth together with our customers," says Jörg Oertel, Director Elastomer Business, Kuraray Europe GmbH. "With our high performance elastomers we are extremely successful in markets with high potential, but also with increasingly complex applications and higher requirements regarding competent support. Our goal for each application therefore is to supply not only a perfectly matched product but also tailored technical support and service.”

    Jan-Sebastian Weber, Manager Marketing & Sales, adds: "We at Kuraray Europe GmbH are committed to the success of our customers. Our Business Unit Elastomer is optimally positioned to put together a consistent package for our customers. In addition to our innovative products this includes a reliable support with profound technical expertise and in-depth market knowledge.”

    Other existing distribution agreements are not affected by the reorganization.
     
    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 microfibers and an international leader in the development and use of innovative high-performance materials for many industries.
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    news-154 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:09:00 +0200 Kuraray celebrates 90th anniversary https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-gratuliert-mit-jubilaeums-website/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f9a5eb8dcb0b4bf9f0ab37af19f417a8 Kuraray celebrates 90th anniversary: 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-152 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:48:09 +0200 On April, 21st,the Japanese specialty chemical company Kuraray celebrated the opening of its new, $300 million, 81-acre, green-field KURARAY POVAL® plant in Pasadena, Texas. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/neue-kuraray-povalR-produktionsanlage-in-pasadena-texas-eroeffnet/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=9f1adf62430eee89bcba4100a13be3c3 New KURARAY POVAL® Plant Opened in Pasadena, Texas The opening of this plant further distinguishes Kuraray as the largest producer of polyvinyl alcohol in the world. The new KURARAY POVAL® plant will produce 40,000 metric tons of polyvinyl alcohol annually for local as well as global customers.

    Together with the US-based ELVANOL® plant which was acquired in 2014, this plant will become part of an optimized PVA resin production system which will ensure the stable supply of high-quality products around the globe. Additionally, the plant will play a key role in Kuraray’s unswerving commitment to developing markets in North America and Central and South America.


    KURARAY POVAL (Mowiol®) and KURARAY POVAL® are the brand names for Kuraray’s polyvinyl alcohols (PVOH). The physical and chemical properties of KURARAY POVAL® make it ideal for a wide variety of applications, including adhesives, paper, ceramics and films.

     

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    news-150 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:47:30 +0100 Laminated safety glass with SentryGlas® interlayer from Kuraray receives extended approval from DIBt | Now also compliant with new DIN 18008 “Glass in the construction industry” https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/verbund-sicherheitsglas-mit-sentryglasR-zwischenlage-von-kuraray-mit-erweiterter-dibt-zulassung-gue/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=84a8cec43e848117a2f211833861d166 Laminated safety glass with SentryGlas® interlayer from Kuraray receives extended approval from DIBt | Now also compliant with new DIN 18008 “Glass in the construction industry” Thanks to its comparatively low weight per unit area, laminated safety glass made with the high-strength, high-stiffness SentryGlas® interlayer from Kuraray allows the production of particularly large glass panes, delicate support frames and minimalist fastening systems, combining high cost efficiency with minimized hazard potential for passers-by and maintenance staff. The German Institute for Construction Engineering (DIBt), Berlin, has recently extended the present general construction permit (Allgemeine Bauaufsichtliche Zulassung, ABZ) for the SentryGlas® laminated glass interlayer, now confirming compliance with the new set of DIN 18008 standards. Thanks to this update, the time and effort needed to obtain approval for a building project featuring these laminated glass structures can continue to be kept to a minimum.

    In addition to SentryGlas®, the high-strength PVB interlayer Trosifol® EXTRA STRONG (ES) from Kuraray also has a general construction permit (ABZ). This means that laminates produced with either film count as laminated safety glass in the meaning of the German List of Construction Products, thus not requiring time-consuming and costly approvals on a case-by-case basis (Zustimmung im Einzelfall).

    Many advantages over laminates with standard PVB
    Many of the excellent properties of laminated safety glass with SentryGlas® are based on the very good mechanical properties of this interlayer. For example, its very high strength and stiffness allow efficient load transfer between the individual glass panes. According to DIN 18008, a structural coupling effect can thus be used for calculating the load-deformation behavior of such laminates These permit – with identical laminate thickness and applying partial safety factors within a semi-probabilistic safety concept – much higher loads than laminates with standard PVB, which have to be evaluated as individual panes not joined to each other. Alternatively, up to 40% thinner laminates can be used with the same load, without the deformation limits being exceeded.

    A further consequence of the high stiffness and strength of SentryGlas® is that such laminates offer a very high load-bearing capacity after glass breakage. The panes remain intact in their frame or fastening system without glass fragments coming away, and they retain a high load-bearing capacity that is sufficient, for example, to support maintenance staff in the event of an accident and secure them against fall-through after breakage.

    Finally, SentryGlas® also has aesthetic advantages as the film has no tendency to yellowing outdoors, even when exposed to strong long-term solar radiation. Laminated safety glass with SentryGlas® also shows high edge stability even in a very high-humidity environment.

    The new DIN 18008 …
    …is divided into seven parts, the first four of which apply to the dimensioning and construction of building products of glass. They cover, for example, testing the structural strength needed to integrate glass panels into facades or roof structures. Before now, this was done on the basis of the technical regulations TRLV, TRAV and TRPV for the use of glazing with linear or point supports and for safety barrier glazings. Part 5, which has also already become valid, includes walk-on constructions. With regard to part 6, which is still at the draft stage, Kuraray has already proven in tests that SentryGlas® – and Trosifol® ES – comply with the coming requirements on the “residual load-bearing capacity for walk-on constructions for maintenance purposes”. Part 7 will be concerned with special constructions such as supporting elements of glass.

     

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    Press contact:
    Johanna Krauthauf, Head of Organizational Development & Communication
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Philipp-Reis-Straße 4, D- 65795 Hattersheim, Deutschland
    Telefon    +49 (0) 69 305 85-934
    Fax +49 (0) 69 305 85399
    Mobile +49 (0) 172 28 33 943
    E-Mail presse(at)kuraray.eu

     

    SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is used under exclusive license by Kuraray and its sub-licensees. 

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    news-148 Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:44:00 +0100 Fondation Louis Vuitton deploys SentryGlas® and Dow Corning Silicone to float like a sailboat above the treeline of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/die-sentryglasR-ionoplast-zwischenlage-und-silicone-von-dow-corning-spielen-eine-tragende-rolle-bei/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1304b1eaf766a683dbab43c4727b1bca SentryGlas® ionoplast interlayer and Dow Corning Silicone has played a critical role in one of Europe’s most striking architectural constructions. The Fondation Louis Vuitton, situated in the Jardin d'Acclimatation on the northern edge of the Bois de Boulogne in Paris, deploys arguably one of the most fascinating glass roofs ever seen, with 12 unique, curved glass sails emerging above the treeline like a sailboat.  

    Built at the behest of Bernard Arnault, a French businessman, art collector and chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, the building expands outwards from a central area into various galleries, referred to as chapels, with the whole structure covered by sails of white glass, inspired by the glass architecture of the end of the 19th century.

    Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the LVMH group created the Fondation Louis Vuitton to promote and support contemporary artistic creation for a wide French and international audience. It offers some 7,000 m2 of usable floor space, comprising 3,850 m2 of museum space, 11 exhibition galleries and a 360 to 1,000 seat auditorium.

    In total there is over 13,300 m2 of glass roof area, comprising 3,600 unique panels, each exhibiting different bend radii (from almost flat to 3 m) and different bending orientation – from the primary perpendicular axes – of -90 to 90°. Almost all of them presented a fascinating challenge to the multifaceted architectural and engineering teams tasked with designing, fabricating, testing, validating and installing them.

    Initial development work centred around the feasibility of actually constructing the 12 unique sails coupled with investigations into the physical formulation and appearance of the glass panels, all of which had to offer long-term durability for what is a project that relies a great deal on its striking aesthetics. Many factors were considered in the glass formulation, including the transparency/translucency, the colour, the coating and of course the all-important interlayer. Given the complexity of the sails and their multiple facets, all of which required unique geometries, glazing panels made using SentryGlas® were the obvious solution.

    The major challenge was the creation of the unique geometries for each glass panel. Hot bent panels, fabricated using moulding were immediately dismissed as it would have meant an individual mould for each panel and this would have been prohibitively expensive. The cooling process would also have annealed the glass making it weaker than tempered glass and prone to breakage from thermal shock. Cold bending proffered a similar number of disadvantages, primarily due to the high degree of curvature demanded by some of the panels. The solution came from the latest glass-bending machines that can bend with various radii and temper glass panels without the use of moulds…

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    news-146 Sat, 15 Aug 2015 12:56:00 +0200 Commendation for Kuraray raw materials warehouse: STILL wins IFOY Award for the new Mowital warehouse in Troisdorf https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-rohstofflager-ausgezeichnet-still-gewinnt-ifoy-award-mit-dem-neuen-mowital-lager-in-troisdo/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=14a35648468ad5fef17aaf8dd2ade7de Commendation for Kuraray raw materials warehouse: STILL wins IFOY Award for the new Mowital warehouse in Troisdorf  

    The IFOY Award 2015 in the lntralogistics Solutions category has gone this year to Still GmbH in Hamburg. In an ingenious materials flow strategy, the internal logistics of Kuraray's new raw materials warehouse combines, for the first time, semi-automatic shuttle vehicles with automatic FM-X reach trucks in a densely stocked tunnel warehouse.

    Occupying 4,500 square metres, the building occupies a site the size of a football pitch. "On the market for unmanned handling systems and overall solutions, we presented our project to many well-known suppliers. In the end, only three were left over who even considered themselves capable of realising it. Finally, only Still was able to manage the demanded overall project as the general contractor in the extremely tight time frame of just nine weeks," says Manfred Kania, Head of Logistics at Kuraray Europe GmbH.

    Each day, about 300 pallets of PVB plastic granulate are supplied in big bags by road truck and unloaded with RX 60 electric forklifts. At outgoing goods, three automated FM-X reach trucks are in constant around-the-clock operation.

    The entire system supplies production with raw materials 24 hours per day. Twelve pallets are removed per hour in a steady flow. Since the warehouse handling equipment is consequently in operation around the clock, the battery voltage of all trucks is continuously monitored. Once it reaches a certain critical value, the reach truck or shuttle truck runs automatically to the battery charging station.

    The system's nerve centre is the warehouse control computer, which communicates with the vehicle master computer, the Still pallet shuttles, the materials flow computer and the quality management system.

    From the jury's verdict: The key to our decision was the innovative combination of unmanned handling systems with a pallet shuttle system and of automatic with manually operated equipment. In a record time of nine weeks, Still has managed to set up for Kuraray a fully functional, failsafe, 24/7 solution with the latest technology that sets standards with its payback period of three years. An extremely intelligent intralogistics solution with significant customer benefit.
    With its Kuraray project, Still has set a benchmark for the warehouse design of the future, the jury adds.

    Each year, the IFOY Award commends the best industrial truck and intralogistics solutions. The patron of IFOY, an independent non-profit organisation, is Germany's Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

    You will find videos regarding the IFOY-Award and the Mowital warehouse here:

     

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    Press contact:
    Johanna Krauthauf, Head of Organizational Development & Communication
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Philipp-Reis-Straße 4, D- 65795 Hattersheim, Deutschland
    Telefon    +49 (0) 69 305 85-934
    Fax +49 (0) 69 305 85399
    Mobile +49 (0) 172 28 33 943
    E-Mail presse(at)kuraray.eu

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    news-144 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:22:00 +0200 Kuraray mourns the loss of Karl-Heinz Spiess (67) https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-trauert-um-karl-heinz-spiess-67/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ee68095041d4eaef8c0348ab87eb70b1 After a brief serious illness, Karl-Heinz Spiess has died close to his former place of work in Troisdorf near Cologne.  

    Spiess was responsible for the fortunes of the TROSIFOL brand from 1992 and gave it a face. From one product among many, and while the company was under changing ownership, the charismatic chemical engineer created an internationally important brand. In a decisive phase in 2005, TROSIFOL was sold to its favoured prospective buyer, today's Kuraray Europe GmbH. In 2011 he handed over the management to his successor and was thereafter actively involved in cultural exchanges between German and Russian school pupils. At the same time, he was an adviser to Cologne University of Applied Sciences and visiting professor at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Nizhny Novgorod. A production plant for TROSIFOL PVB films has been located not far from the Russian university since 2003.

     

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    Press contact:
    Johanna Krauthauf, Head of Organizational Development & Communication
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Philipp-Reis-Straße 4
    D-65795 Hattersheim, Deutschland
    Telefon    +49 (0) 69 305 85-934
    Fax +49 (0) 69 305 85399
    Mobile +49 (0) 172 28 33 943
    E-Mail presse(at)kuraray.eu

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    news-142 Wed, 20 May 2015 14:38:00 +0200 Kuraray raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erhoeht-preise-fuer-polyvinylalkohol-produkte-pva-pvoh-in-europa-afrika-und-mittlerer/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=36d4309063fe4d2c778844e750246731 Kuraray raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East  

    Effective July 1st 2015, or as contract terms allow, Kuraray will increase its sales prices for Polyvinyl alcohol products in Europe, Africa and Middle East with € 100 per metric ton as a minimum.

    Polyvinyl alcohol products and its specialties are market by Kuraray under the brand names ®KURARAY POVAL, Elvanol® Exceval™ and Mowiflex®.

    The price adjustments are as well related to ongoing high raw material costs and increased general costs.

    KEG is the European organization of Kuraray that accounts responsible for Kuraray’s business of Polyvinyl alcohol in the region Europe, Africa and some selected markets within Middle East.

    For more details, customers are asked to contact their known KEG representatives.

     

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    news-140 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:57:00 +0200 Kuraray at the Deutsche Kautschuk Tagung 2015 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-deutschen-kautschuk-tagung-2015/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=c119f023607fe7fc2150137376e6b678 Kuraray at the Deutsche Kautschuk Tagung 2015  

    From June 29 to July 2 the “Deutsche Kautschuk Tagung” (DKT) with the “International Rubber Conference” (IRC) will take place in Nuremberg. Kuraray will display liquid rubber based on butadiene (LBR) and isoprene (LIR) with a special focus on bio based liquid rubber.

    Beside the exhibition on booth No 122 our colleagues Marcel Gründken and Shigenao Kuwahara will present “Latest Developments in Styrenic Thermoplastic Elastomer” during the TPE forum (June 30, 3.30 pm, Hall Rom). On occasion of the Poster Sessions Shigenao Kuwahara will introduce “Liquid Isoprene and Butadiene Rubbers for Sustainable Product Designs” (Poster Session 33).


    The booth will be located in hall 12 – booth 122.

    We are looking forward to meet you in Nuremberg.

     

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    news-138 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:47:00 +0200 Kuraray is pleased to announce completion of the acquisition of all of the shares in Plantic Technologies Limited. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-is-pleased-to-announce-completion-of-the-acquisition-of-all-of-the-shares-in-plantic-technol/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f7d0a60c8b2fd0ced943344b2e6f267e Kuraray expands into bio-based barrier materials through the acquisition of Plantic.  

    Kuraray (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito) is pleased to announce completion of the acquisition of all of the shares in Plantic Technologies Limited (based in Australia and hereinafter referred to as Plantic), which is engaged in the bio-based barrier film business, from Gordon Merchant No.2 Pty Ltd on April 2, 2015.

    Kuraray expands into bio-based barrier materials through the acquisition of Plantic.
     
    Kuraray was the first to commercialize the high-performance barrier resin, EVAL (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer), which it launched in 1972. EVAL boasts the highest level of gas barrier properties of all plastics and is the market leading barrier resin used in food packaging and industrial barrier applications. In addition Kuraray has developed and launched KURARISTER a transparent barrier film for retort applications.
     
    The acquisition of Plantic enables Kuraray to provide barrier materials which meets the increasing global demand of bio-based food packaging materials. This is in line with Kuraray’s corporate mission "we in the Kuraray Group are committed to opening new fields of business using pioneering technology and contributing to an improved natural environment and quality of life". As a world leading producer of barrier materials, Kuraray will further develop its business through the addition of Plantic’s best in class bio-based barrier material.
     
    Plantic is a global leader in bio-based barrier materials. PLANTIC film is used in a broad range of products in the barrier packaging sector and is supplying major supermarkets and brand owners on three continents (Australia, North America and Europe) in applications such as fresh case ready beef, pork, lamb and veal, smoked and processed meats, chicken, and fresh seafood and pasta applications. Kuraray expects that its global sales network will assist to develop the bio-based barrier business in Europe, USA and Asia, responding to the global demand of improved freshness, reduced food loss and waste with the use of environmentally friendly material, PLANTIC film. 
     
    In the Australian market PLANTIC film is well known and is being used by a major supermarket. In the United States, the largest meat consumer country, Plantic has commenced supply to a number of brand owners and retailers and Kuraray will further develop Plantic’s business including the potential establishment of a production base or an alliance with third parties. In Japan where the demand for extension of shelf life for fresh meat and other fresh food is increasing, Kuraray can assist its customers to reduce food loss and waste with the environmentally friendly material, PLANTIC film. These market developments are expected to expand the bio-based barrier material business and we expect to achieve revenue of JPY 10 billion globally over the next 3 years.
    In addition there are significant synergies between Kuraray’s existing barrier business and Plantic’s bio-based barrier technology which will drive new applications. Further, Kuraray’s market leading technology and global sales network is expected to accelerate the development and expansion of a barrier material business including Plantic’s technology.

     

    Overview of Plantic

    Company name: Plantic Technologies Limited
    Year of the establishment: 2001
    Location: Altona, Victoria, Australia
    Representative: Brendan Morris (CEO)
    Revenue: Approx. JPY 3 billion (2015 estimate)
    Number of employees: Approx. 70 
    Principal businesses: Manufacture and sale of biomass-based barrier product, PLANTIC film


    Plantic is based in Australia, where its head office, principal manufacturing, and research and development facilities are located, providing barrier packaging products primarily composed of bio-based resources to the global market. Plantic’s globally unique patented polymer technology is based on the use of high-amylose starch, a material derived from annual harvesting of specialized non-GM (hybrid) starch. Plantic’s business has grown rapidly since the launch of its environmentally friendly and organic material with the gas barrier property. Plantic has customers including major supermarkets and brand owners on three continents (Australia, North America and Europe) in applications such as fresh case ready beef, pork, lamb and veal, smoked and processed meats, chicken, and fresh seafood and pasta applications.
     
    In advance of the acquisition, Kuraray concluded a contract with Plantic to be the exclusive distributor of Plantic in the Japanese and South Korean markets and began promoting the biomass-based barrier material PLANTIC film in Japan. Please see the details in the previous news release of “Promoting PLANTIC Film, a Biomass-Derived Barrier Film, in the Japanese Market” as of September 22, 2014 as below.
     

    http://www.kuraray.co.jp/en/release/2014/140922.html

     

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    news-136 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 12:20:00 +0100 Kuraray presents comprehensive solutions at the European Coatings Show. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-praesentiert-umfassende-loesungen-auf-der-european-coatings-show/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=25db9e4281992b2cfd2794db00f4b2fc Kuraray presents comprehensive solutions at the European Coatings Show.  

    Kuraray will display its products and services at the European Coatings Show (April 21 to 23) in Nuremberg, Germany.

    The company will be represented by the following product lines: polyvinyl alcohol (Kuraray Poval® / Mowiol®, Exceval®, Mowiflex TC®), polyvinyl butyral (Mowital®, Pioloform®), liquid rubber based on butadiene (LBR) and isoprene (LIR) and chemicals (Kuraray Polyol, 3-Methyl-1.5-Pentanediol, 1.9-Nonanediol). 



    The booth will be located in hall 1, number 1-454. We are looking forward to meet you in Nuremberg.

     

     

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    news-134 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 14:09:00 +0100 "Best of Both" presentation goes down well with customers https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/best-of-both-praesentation-kam-bei-kunden-gut-an/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=58b35ffac45aae8948c79169ba04499d Optimism at glasstec 2014 tangible at the Kuraray stand
    "Exhibitors are upbeat about the prospects for the future and visitors were highly satisfied," is how Messe Düsseldorf is summing up the mood of glasstec 2014 that came to an end on Friday last week.
    A total of 1,217 exhibitors were delighted with the roughly 43,000 trade visitors over the four days.

    "There has been a definite improvement in the mood at this fair over previous years. The difficult times for the glass industry seem to be slowly drawing to a close. Even so, we shall still have to study the coming economic forecasts closely," said Jörg Theesfeld, Director PVB Film Business der Kuraray Europe GmbH, giving his verdict on Kuraray's participation.

    Kuraray devoted plenty of space at its 120 square metre stand to meetings with customers. This was the first time since the takeover of DuPont's Glass Laminating Solutions (GLS)/Vinyls activities that TROSIFOL and GLS employees have appeared together at a fair stand and represented a single company. "Best of Both" is the motto that Kuraray was communicating to customers at the fair, meaning the best of both worlds. Christoph Troska explains: "We are now in the unique position of being able to offer our customers not only our comprehensive PVB product range, but established ionomer technology as well. glasstec was an important platform for publicising this new state of affairs."

    This strategy went down well, as the countless meetings with customers demonstrated. Nor were there reservations about the new colleagues and not a trace of hesitancy or rivalry.

    Kuraray organised two happy hours at the stand to lighten the atmosphere of the day's talks. The response was such that uninvited guests had to be politely reminded of the internal nature of the event.

    Stephen Cluff, Global Business Manager, was also highly satisfied with the fair: "The quality of the exhibitors, the volume of trade visitors and the innovative accompanying programme once again confirmed glasstec's worldwide flagship status."


    The background
    On 1 June of this year, the Japanese chemical group Kuraray Co., Ltd., listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, officially took over the Glass Laminating Solutions (GLS) segment of US DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, NYSE: DD). The purchase price came to USD 543 million plus the value of all stockpiles. By taking over SentryGlas, the best-known GLS product, Kuraray is adding an important material to its product portfolio.

    At DuPont, GLS achieved net sales of over USD 500 million in 2012 as a whole. GLS/Vinyls has a 600-strong workforce and six production locations in the USA, Europe and Asia that serve over 350 customers worldwide.
    The effects of the acquisition on the consolidated business results of the Kuraray Group for fiscal year 2014 ending in December are currently being analysed and will be published. At glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf, the world's leading glass fair, Kuraray Europe GmbH presented its complete product range for glass interlayers for the first time.

     

    SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company or its affiliates for its brand of interlayers. It is used under license by Kuraray.

     

    Press contact:
    Christoph Troska, Head of Marketing & Business Development
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Business Area PVB,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-132 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:34:00 +0200 TROSIFOL and SentryGlas join forces https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-und-sentryglas-zusammen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=2adddba68ccb50f79fe26c4d5015acf5 "Best of Both" for Kuraray customers, and the new, complete glass interlayer range at glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf
    "We will benefit from the talented GLS/Vinyls employees worldwide and from DuPont's technology, research & development, production and distribution network. I am convinced that this expertise will help us to boost our vinyl acetate business further," said Keiji Murakami, President of the Kuraray Group vinyl acetate company, in a press publication on the acquisition of the DuPont business unit.
    When the American competition regulator approved the acquisition without restrictions, the European authorities gave its consent subject to certain conditions. To satisfy competition law, Kuraray is not therefore permitted to integrate the production location for PVB films in Hamm-Uentrop and the associated service activities into its own business operations, but must sell them off.

    Unlike in previous years, the exhibition stand at glasstec 2014 will not be dominated by an extensive product presentation. Instead, Kuraray will be granting pride of place to communication with customers. "It is our aim to use the stand to demonstrate our design expertise, but without overpowering the visitor," the new Marketing Manager Christoph Troska stresses. "We want it to be inviting and give our employees enough space to hold talks with visitors – most of them customers. Following the purchase of Dupont's GLS activities, the questions and suggestions from our customers at this fair are particularly important."

    "Best of Both" is the motto that Kuraray is communicating to customers at the fair. "By this we mean the best of both worlds," says Troska. "We are now in the unique position of being able to offer our customers not only our comprehensive PVB product range, but established ionomer technology as well."

    In a letter to employees and customers, Kuraray Managing Director Dr Matthias Gutweiler affirmed: "We are convinced that this pooling of resources will enable us to serve our customers even better – with the Best of Both worlds. In the integration process, we wish to closely involve all our customers and employees, and we will take plenty of time for questions at this fair."

    Kuraray is drawing attention to the new benefits for the customer:

    • "Genuine" global player in the glass sector and always close to the customer
    • Range of glass interlayers extended through the addition of SentryGlas
    • Global network of specialists and technicians
    • Global network of laboratories and R&D departments
    • Perfect extension of the value chain within the Group
    • Major synergies in the optimisation of existing products and the design of new solutions.


    There will also be a stronger focus on automotive glass applications, and innovation in this field will be accelerated.

    On 1 June of this year, the Japanese chemical group Kuraray Co., Ltd. listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, officially took over the Glass Laminating Solutions (GLS) segment of US DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers (E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, NYSE: DD). The purchase price came to USD 543 million plus the value of all stockpiles. By taking over SentryGlas, the best-known GLS product, Kuraray is adding an important material to its product portfolio.

    At DuPont, GLS achieved net sales of over USD 500 million in 2012 as a whole. GLS/Vinyls has a 600-strong workforce and six production locations in the USA, Europe and Asia that serve over 350 customers worldwide.
    The effects of the acquisition on the consolidated business results of the Kuraray Group for fiscal year 2014 ending in December are currently being analysed and will be published. At glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf, the globally leading glass fair, Kuraray Europe GmbH will be presenting its complete product range for glass interlayers for the first time.

    Kuraray was one of the first companies to industrialise polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and market it worldwide. As a pioneer of business allied to vinyl acetate, Kuraray currently does global business with PVA resins, PVB resins and films, PVA films for LCDs and dishwasher detergent packages, EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol) resins (EVAL brand) for food packages and petrol tanks, and PVA fibres (Vinylon brand), which are used as a substitute for asbestos and as a reinforcing agent in cement.

     

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    Press contact:
    Christoph Troska, Head of Marketing & Business Development
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Business Area PVB,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-130 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:02:00 +0200 TOKYO, Japan, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (“Kuraray”, TSE:3405) reached an agreement to sell the European PVB film business formerly owned by European subsidiaries of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”) https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-co-ltd-kuraray-tse3405-traf-eine-vereinbarung-zum-verkauf-des-europaeischen-pvb-foli/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f072d5f9ac42cfc0dbcb1e56a6064573 Divestiture of the Former DuPont European PVB Film Business
    TOKYO, Japan, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (“Kuraray”, TSE:3405) reached an agreement to sell the European PVB film business formerly owned by European subsidiaries of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”), including the production facility in Uentrop and the R&D center in Mechelen (the “Transaction”) for enterprise value of circa EUR 12 million with adjustments for net cash/debt balance and net working capital upon closing to GVC S.A. which is a subsidiary company of GVC Holdings, Inc. The Transaction was undertaken to comply with the European Commission’s conditional approval of the acquisition of the Glass Laminating Solutions / Vinyls Business from DuPont by Kuraray, which closed on June 1st, 2014 (U.S. local time).

    The Transaction is anticipated to close in January 2015, after customary regulatory approvals. The Transaction’s closure is also conditional upon the European Commission’s approval.

    The impact of the Transaction on consolidated results for the fiscal year ending December 2014 is currently being quantified and will be disclosed after this assessment has been completed.

    Profile of Kuraray
    Name: Kuraray Co., Ltd.
    Headquarter: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
    Representative: Fumio Ito
    Business: Manufacturing and sales of chemicals and resins, fibers and textiles, high performance materials, medical products and others.
    Establish: 1926
    URL: http://www.kuraray.co.jp/en

    Profile of GVC S.A.
    Name: GVC S.A.
    Headquarter: Luxembourg
    Representative: Dr. Greg Parekh
    Business: Investment management of European companies, and operation of their business.
    Establish: 2014
    URL: http://www.gvcsa.com

    Profile of GVC Holings, Inc.
    Name: GVC Holings, Inc.
    Headquarter: Montavale, New Jersey, USA
    Representative: H. Aaron Parekh
    Business: Investment management with a focus on chemical and healthcare sectors.
    Establish: 1992
    URL: http://www.gvcholings.com

     

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    news-129 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 14:10:00 +0200 Anpacken statt Abwarten: 1200 Firmenmitarbeiter helfen. Malteser organisieren den 12. Malteser Social Day. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/anpacken-statt-abwarten-1200-firmenmitarbeiter-helfen-malteser-organisieren-den-12-malteser-socia/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=3b8436aa3b514b09d0378d2d0eea076f Anpacken statt Abwarten: 1200 Firmenmitarbeiter helfen. Malteser organisieren den 12. Malteser Social Day.
    Der Arbeitstag am 26. September wird anstrengend für Eva Dudek: „Ich rechne mit Muskelkater am Abend – aber das ist die Sache allemal wert“, lacht sie. Was Eva motiviert ist die gute Sache, für die sie im Einsatz ist: gemeinsam mit 35 Kollegen packt sie an für die, um die sich sonst wenige kümmern. Und deshalb macht die Chemielaborantin im Kundenservicelabor von Kuraray Europe GmbH bei Arbeiten in der Kindertagesstätte "Kleine Feldstraße" in Hattersheim mit. Es werden Fallschutzmatten verlegt, Spielsand ausgetauscht, Malerarbeiten durchgeführt und eine Müllumrandung aufgebaut. Das Projekt ist der Kita sehr wichtig, weil mit der Verschönerung und Instandsetzung der Außenanlage die Kinder noch mehr Freude am Spielen haben werden, so die Leiterin Sandra Richter.

    Neuer Teilnehmerrekord
    Mit 1200 Teilnehmern aus 47 Frankfurter Firmen, die in 73 sozialen Einrichtungen helfen, ist der  12. Malteser Social Day wirksam wie nie.
    Rekord auch bei der Anzahl der durchgeführten Projekte: 105 herausfordernde Teamaufgaben warten auf die Helfer. 126 davon entsendet die ING DiBa AG, bereits zum vierten Mal in Folge dabei. Von diesem Engagement profitiert heuer der Teenieclub Galluspark, der sich um Jugendliche mit Migrationshintergrund kümmert. Für die Trommelgruppe des Clubs soll ein Probenraum renoviert und ausgebaut werden. „Unsere Kollegen sind mit Begeisterung beim Malteser Social Day dabei, denn er bringt Unternehmen und gemeinnützige Organisationen dort zusammen, wo Einsatz gefragt ist und bietet allen Beteiligten einen unvergesslichen Tag.“ sagt Claudia Eller von der ING-DiBa AG.

    Hilfe, wo es not tut
    Unterstützt werden am Malteser Social Day nicht nur Kinder und Jugendliche in 54 Schulen, Kindergärten und Jugendhäusern sondern auch alte Menschen, Familien und Drogenkranke.
    Ganz nah am Menschen sind 16 Mitarbeiter von der Commerzbank AG: am „Tag für ein Miteinander“ begleiten sie alte Menschen aus dem Marthahaus auf einem Spaziergang durchs Viertel mit Einkehr zum Mittagessen. „Statt am Computer und in Besprechungen zu sitzen, packen wir dort an, wo Senioren Unterstützung benötigen“, schildert Regine Kolbe, die in der IT der Commerzbank arbeitet. „Wir können hier effektiv helfen und erkennen an den Reaktionen der Betreuten den gemeinsam erreichten Erfolg.“

    Über den Tellerrand schauen
    Nicht nur Frankfurts Hilfsbedürftige freuen sich über das Engagement, in weiteren 19 Städten von Hamburg bis zur Bodenseeregion wird am Malteser Social Day angepackt. Insgesamt machen sich mehr als 1500 Mitarbeiter aus 50 Unternehmen ans gute Werk.
    Und nach dem Malteser Social Day kann, wer möchte, sich weiter engagieren. „Auch in einer reichen Bankenstadt wie Frankfurt sehen wir Malteser täglich, wo sich das Leben einzelner
    Menschen mit kleinen Mitteln verbessern ließe“, sagt Florian Dernbach, Stadtgeschäftsführer der Frankfurter Malteser. „Über den Malteser Social Day hinaus gibt es vielfältige Möglichkeiten,
    wie Partnerschaften mit sozialen Einrichtungen, die Unterstützung von ehrenamtlichen Aktivitäten der Mitarbeiter oder Patenschaften für Malteser Projekte.“

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    news-125 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:14:00 +0200 Kuraray unveils its new, complete, "Best of Both" range of glass interlayers at glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-praesentiert-erstmalig-das-neue-komplette-glas-zwischenlagenprogramm-der-best-of-both-auf/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6774b14f542fa955efddd1b4cb840ad1 TROSIFOL and SentryGlas under a single umbrella
    Having officially acquired the Glass Laminating Solutions (GLS) of the US Dupont corporation on 1 June of this year, Kuraray Europe GmbH is now presenting, for the first time, its complete product range for glass interlayers at glasstec 2014 in Düsseldorf. SentryGlas, the best-known GLS product, is a key addition to Kuraray's product portfolio.

    At its fair stand Kuraray intends to grant pride of place to communication with customers and is therefore dispensing with spacious exhibits. The main focus will be on the basic products of its architectural range, special films like SentryGlas, the Colour product line, Black&White and Sound Control acoustic film, and films for the automotive sector. Bright colours and black & white contrasts will be integrated in a professional ambience at the stand with its a clear-cut, almost Cubist formal language. "It is our aim to use the stand to demonstrate our design expertise, but without overpowering the visitor," Marketing Manager Christoph Troska stresses. "We want it to be inviting and give our employees enough space to hold talks with visitors – most of them customers. Following the purchase of Dupont's GLS activities, the questions and suggestions from our customers at this fair are particularly important."

    Even the stand furnishings discreetly feature products of the current range of films. At the counter, various panes of glass have been embellished with films of the Black&White range. Particularly conspicuous is the use of the opaque black film from this range on the large gateway. SentryGlas can be found in the parapet serving as a partition to the gangway that attractively demarcates the Kuraray stand from visitor traffic without obstructing the view of the interior. Visibly contrasting with this are various colours of the Colour range that demonstrate their brilliance on the left gateway.

    "Best of Both" is the motto that Kuraray is communicating to customers at the fair. "By this we mean the best of both worlds," says Troska. "We are now in the unique position of being able to offer our customers not only our comprehensive PVB product range, but established ionomer technology as well."

    In a letter to employees and customers, Kuraray Managing Director Dr Matthias Gutweiler affirms: "We are convinced that this pooling of resources will enable us to serve our customers even better – with the Best of Both worlds. In the integration process, we wish to closely involve all our customers and employees, and we will take plenty of time for questions at this fair."


    We look forward to seeing you:

    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Hall 10, Stand E43

     

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    Christoph Troska, Head of Marketing & Business Development
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Business Area PVB,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone: +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax: +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu 

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    news-123 Wed, 06 Aug 2014 11:09:00 +0200 The idea is quite simple, says the relief organisation Mary's Meals e.V.: German children pack a school bag for African children and thus enable then to attend school. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/die-idee-ist-ganz-einfach-sagt-die-hilfsorganisation-marys-meals-ev-deutsche-kinder-packen-afri/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1c589f787343c71e9ae39a366168f53d Kuraray participates in Mary’s Meals backpack project for Malawi and Liberia
    The contents are precisely defined. Old school bags, sports bags or backpacks must only contain the listed items of daily use and school stationery and (new) personal hygiene products. The bags are collected, sent to Malawi or Liberia and enable the children there to attend school. At the same time, Mary's Meals is collecting donations so that these children can also be fed.

    "A good cause and a cause that I want to contribute to," thought Nicole Gawron, trainee industrial clerk at Kuraray in Troisdorf. Encouraged by her sister-in-law, Nicole at Kuraray started publicising the campaign – as did her brother at his company and friends in her youth group. About 1,800 backpacks came together, 23 of them from Kuraray alone. Kuraray is also sponsoring the truck with which her brother will now drive the bags to the collection point in Mannheim so that Mary's Meals can send them on to Africa.

    "The idea in fact evolved in our group," says Nicole." "Since the age of 14, my brother and I have been active in a Polish Catholic youth group. And each of the members of this group has approached his or her school, local community, family or company about the campaign and collected donations." Her parents Zygmunt and Sylvia have been "infected", as her father puts it. He helped load up the truck in Troisdorf with the Kuraray backpacks that were sent off last week.

    When asked about their reasons for their commitment, father and daughter are very matter-of-fact: "Education helps people out of the poverty trap," says Nicole, "but the families there can't afford a school bag."

    Mary's Meals has its origins in a Scottish charity that provided aid during the 1992 Balkan war. The effort evolved into a relief organisation in 1993 that initially cared for orphaned children in Romania and later other children in Eastern Europe, various African countries, Asia and Central America.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Jörg Theesfeld, Head of Sales, Marketing & Technical Service
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Business Area PVB,
    Mülheimer Straße 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 200
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-121 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:59:00 +0200 POLYINVYL ALCOHOL https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/polyinvylalkohol/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b037909b8efbfb25c1070619b9d2ce8e The European PVOH Manufacturing unit of Kuraray in Frankfurt, Germany will produce KURARAY POVAL instead of Mowiol  

    We have decided to transition one of our brand names MOWIOL (PVOH), from the German PVOH-production-based name, to KURARAY POVAL, one of our global trade names that is already used and well-known in other regions. The production unit located in Frankfurt-Höchst will be unchanged and the same counts for all regulatory information.
    KURARAY POVAL is an existing brand name for our PVOH products and has been used around the world in places like the Americas and Asia. Due to our continued growth, global presence, and PVOH production locations (Germany, Japan, Singapore, and the United States), we want to harmonize our brand image now. We will begin the conversion process on July 1, 2014 (01.07.2014). This conversion will require a certain transitional period, and we are working to ensure this will not affect our customers in any way. One of these transitions will include our package branding, which will be marked with both the old and new product nomenclature.
     

    We hope that with this global harmonization of our products and brand, we will be able to provide a unique, customizable and premium product to our customers. KURARAY POVAL is a global manufacturer of PVOH with over 70 years of experience and offers a wide range of standard products and specialties. KURARAY POVAL meets all requirements; from low to high viscosity, to partially and fully saponified PVOH. The range contains more than 120 products for a wide variety of applications and is supplemented by two specialty ranges: EXCEVAL and MOWIFLEX TC. With this history and flexibility in grades and processing, KURARAY POVAL is “Here to innovate”.

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    news-119 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 12:26:00 +0200 Kuraray Completes Acquisition of Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls from DuPont https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/erwerb-der-dupont-glass-laminating-solutionsvinyls-geschaefte-abgeschlossen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=94bb288975595b42ef39825a935230e6 Kuraray Completes Acquisition of Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls from DuPont TOKYO, Japan, Kuraray Co., Ltd. (“Kuraray”, TSE:3405) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls (GLS/Vinyls), a part of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, from E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”, NYSE: DD)  on June 1, 2014 ( U. S. local time).The acquisition was announced on November 21, 2013. The impact of this transaction on consolidated results for the fiscal year ending December 2014 is currently under estimation and the figures will be disclosed when the assessment has been completed.

    Your media contacts:     
    Kuraray: Akiko Ide, + 81-3-6701-1070, Kuraraykoho(at)kuraray.co.jp
    DuPont: Carole Davies, +1-248-583-8112, carole.a.davies(at)usa.dupont.com



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    news-117 Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:55:00 +0200 Expanding collaboration with U.S.based Amyris https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/erweiterung-der-zusammenarbeit-mit-dem-us-unternehmen-amyris/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=57a639ab1a80d1144ae60a5af80dbdd7 Ramping Up Development of New Bio-Based Liquid Rubber Using biomaterial to increase tire-based fuel efficiency  

    Aiming to ramp up the development of a new biomaterial-based liquid rubber, Kuraray Co. Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Fumio Ito) has signed a new joint development agreement with Amyris, Inc. (Headquarters: Emeryville, California, U.S.A.; CEO: John Melo). In addition to the new development agreement, Kuraray has also made a strategic capital investment in Amyris.

    Background

    • Kuraray has been expanding business related to liquid isoprene rubber and liquid butadiene rubber, focusing on applications for tires.
    • In addition, we have developed liquid farnesene rubber (LFR), which uses Amyris’s new biologically derived diene monomer as a raw material.
    • Adding LFR to the rubber used in the manufacture of tires has been found to reduce rolling resistance, leading to higher fuel efficiency.
    • Since signing an initial agreement with Amyris in 2011, Kuraray has been working with tire manufacturers around the world to assess the benefits of LFR in tire performance.


    Outline of Collaboration Expansion

    1. Joint Development Agreement

    • Extends the current 2011–2014 agreement for two additional years.
    • Expands the scope of joint development using farnesene which includes hydrogenated styrene thermoplastic elastomers—one of Kuraray's core businesses.

    2. Strategic Investment

    • Kuraray made a $4 million capital investment in Amyris

     


    About Amyris
    Amyris was founded in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area of California and develops
    advanced biotechnologies to convert plant sugars into a variety of molecules. The company was listed on the NASDAQ in 2010. The company’s bio-based products are being developed for a wide range of applications, including fragrances, cosmetics and personal care products, plastic additives, and renewable diesel and jet fuel.
                                          
    About Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 7,300 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.5 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim am Main near Frankfurt, Germany, and has around 700 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films.
    The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products.
    For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

     

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    news-115 Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:55:00 +0200 Kuraray Europe GmbH https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1cd933fb85ea6737fe5552c18875d050 Kuraray Europe GmbH:New organisational structure enhances market and customer orientation  

    Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG), based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt, Germany, introduced a new organisational structure on January 1, 2014. This is now being implemented stepwise. The aim is to align the company more closely to the demands of its customers and markets and strengthen its competitiveness. At the same time, this wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese speciality chemicals producer Kuraray Co. Ltd. of Tokyo is responding to structural changes in the Kuraray Group worldwide.

    The new POVAL Resin (PVA/PVOH) and PVB Business Areas are the heart of the
    new structure. They are responsible for all business-related functions such as production, research and development, marketing, sales and technical service.
    The Advanced Materials Business Area is responsible for selling imported goods
    and comprises the fibres, elastomer, chemicals, artificial leather, dental products and activated carbon product lines. The Business Areas are supported by specialist service functions.

    KEG's management board is unchanged and comprises Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Yoshiki Kuroki and Naoya Uehara. Dr. Matthias Gutweiler stresses: "The aim of
    our new organisational structure is to provide better support for KEG's growth targets and to facilitate the integration of new business activities."

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    news-113 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:04:00 +0100 Media Information of Kuraray Europe GmbH ("KEG") https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/presse-mitteilung-der-kuraray-europe-gmbh-keg/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d6858fb4d45d54de7d0abcd8552f2735 KEG raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East Effective April 1st 2014, or as contract terms allow, KEG will increase its sales prices for Polyvinyl alcohol products in Europe, Africa and Middle East in a range of € 130 - €180 per metric ton as a minimum.

    Polyvinyl alcohol products and its specialties are market by Kuraray under the brand names Mowiol®, Mowiflex®, Kuraray Poval® and Exceval®.

    The price adjustments are as well related to on a high level remaining Ethylene price and further increasing raw materials costs e.g. VAM, as to the rise in utility costs and several general costs e.g. labour costs.

    With this measure Kuraray is targeting also to keep the high level technical and commercial service towards their customers.

    This increase affects the Polyvinyl alcohol business of KEG into all industries and applications, that are –among others – adhesives, paper coatings, emulsion polymerization, plastic production / – processing, textiles and ceramics, nonwovens, glass fibers, building products and paints and coatings.

    KEG is the European organization of Kuraray that accounts responsible for Kuraray’s business of Polyvinyl alcohol in the region Europe, Africa and some selected markets within Middle East.

    For more details, customers are asked to contact their known KEG representatives.

     

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    news-111 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:50:00 +0100 Innovative solutions for composites https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/innovative-loesungen-fuer-verbundwerkstoffe/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=2b67475f6da39c8ae04147bb706211b4 Kuraray at JEC Composites Europe 2014  

    Kuraray, a global specialty chemicals company based in Tokyo, Japan, will be exhibiting at JEC Europe 2014 on March 11 – 13, 2014 in Porte de Versailles in Paris. JEC Europe is Europe's largest trade show for composites. Kuraray can be found in Hall 7.2, Booth B34.

    As a leading supplier of innovative high-performance materials, Kuraray will be showcasing a number of new products. The PEI (Polyetherimide) fiber is a new flame retardant fiber which has several unique properties, such as low smoke density and low toxicity. PA9T fiber is a new high performance polyamide fiber, which has high heat resistance, high chemical and hydrolysis resistance and low-water absorption. We are expecting that these fibers and their applications can be expanded into a wide variety fields, and especially provide good solutions in thermoplastic composite markets.

    A further highlight at the exhibition will be VECTRAN. Thanks to its high strength and low weight, this high-performance polyarylate fibre can be used in many sectors from aerospace to sport products. Kuraray’s latest innovation is
    MOWITAL LP BF, ultra-thin polyvinyl butyral films that bond easily with a wide range of materials, opening up completely new possibilities.

     

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    news-109 Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:27:00 +0100 Kuraray to Acquire DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-to-acquire-dupont-glass-laminating-solutionsvinyls/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=fcdef020a863762291aabca657bb7bde Kuraray to Acquire DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls  

    WILMINGTON, Del., Nov. 21, 2013 – Kuraray (TSE:3405) and DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for DuPont to sell Glass Laminating Solutions/Vinyls (GLS/Vinyls), a part of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, to Kuraray for US$543 million, plus the value of the inventories. The sale is expected to close during the first half of 2014 pending customary regulatory approvals.

    GLS/Vinyls is a leading supplier of polyvinyl butyral and ionomer sheets for safety glass, and vinyl acetate monomer and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) products used in a variety of architectural, automotive and industrial applications. GLS/Vinyls delivered full-year 2012 net sales of more than US$500 million. It has about 600 employees with six manufacturing sites in the U.S., Europe and Asia that serve more than 350 customers worldwide.

    Keiji Murakami, president of Kuraray’s Vinyl Acetate Company said, “Kuraray was one of the first to successfully industrialize and globally market PVA. As a pioneer of Vinyl Acetate related business, Kuraray has a global presence in the business area of PVA resin, PVB resin and film, PVA film that is used for LCD and detergent unit packing, EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol) resin (trademarked as EVAL) used for food packaging and gasoline tanks, and PVA fiber (vinylon) that is used for a substitute of asbestos and a reinforcing material of cement.

    “We will benefit from DuPont’s talented global GLS/Vinyls team and their technology, R&D, manufacturing and sales network that has supported it over the years. I am convinced these areas of expertise will allow us to continue to expand our Vinyl Acetate business going forward,” said Murakami.

    “GLS/Vinyls will have a good home with Kuraray. That company’s focus on PVA as a central part of its core Vinyl Acetate business, its strong global market position and its capacity to invest in GLS/Vinyls all make this a good fit,” said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.

    Kuraray was established in 1926. In 1950, the company achieved a corporate milestone as the first in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol synthetic fiber to market. In subsequent years, Kuraray used its proprietary technology in the area of polymer chemistry and synthetic chemistry to develop resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles and others. Kuraray has overseas subsidiaries in 19 countries and regions outside Japan, as a global specialty chemical company. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.kuraray.co.jp/en 

    DuPont has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment.

    For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

     

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    news-107 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 21:26:00 +0200 Central supply of raw materials in place for all PVB film production plants in Troisdorf https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuenftig-zentrale-rohstoffversorgung-aller-pvb-folien-produktionsanlagen-in-troisdorf/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=84ec9cf619f022d4e05d0b6ed2a5dea2 Investment at the Troisdorf site: New Mowital raw materials warehouse goes into operation
    At the end of August, the last of the total of four production plants for TROSIFOL polyvinyl butyral (PVB) film were linked up to the new Mowital raw materials warehouse (PVB resin). The first plant has been supplied from there since the middle of August, and the other three have since joined in succession. At the end of the year, the new fifth plant for the production of special automotive films will be served by this central raw material warehouse as well. A smooth supply of raw materials is thus assured for all the production lines at the location.

    The central element of the new central raw materials supply is a fully automatic tunnel racking system. Here 24 big bags are stored one behind the other in racks (tunnels) and removed from the front with a driverless shuttle. A laser navigation system steers the shuttle – an unmanned forklift truck (FLT) – to a conveyor belt on which the big bag is carried to the production plant in question.

    When its battery depletes, the shuttle runs automatically to the charging station. There the battery is manually changed so that the shuttle can continue to work without interruption. Should the control system ever fail, the shuttles can also be operated manually at any time. A warehouse employee then simply takes his seat on the shuttle and drives it like a conventional FLT. Two such shuttles are currently in use, and there is space for a further unit.

    The SAP software, warehouse management and shuttle control are interlinked via an interface. This means that for the employees in charge goods input and output are visible in real time and inventory management is always right up to date.

    Kuraray Europe GmbH is investing a total of EUR 20 million in this new warehouse and the production line for TROSIFOL automotive films at its Troisdorf location. The construction of this fifth production line in Troisdorf will boost capacity in the automotive film sector to 10 million square metres from the beginning of 2014.

    Background to TROSIFOL
    Kuraray is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for the production of laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing, and in the photovoltaic industry special films are used for durably encapsulating solar cells. The primary material for all TROSIFOL films is polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Since the launch of TROSIFOL in 1953, ongoing research and development have formed the foundation of TROSIFOL's success.
    TROSIFOL is a division of the Kuraray Corporation domiciled in Tokyo, Japan, the world's market leader with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), one of the key raw materials for TROSIFOL PVB films.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated and externally monitored management system that satisfies the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949:2009, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2009 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
    http://www.trosifol.com


    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-105 Tue, 03 Sep 2013 17:47:00 +0200 Kuraray TROSIFOL obtains PPG Certifications for Sungate® and Solarband® Architectural Flat Laminated Glass https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-trosifol-erhaelt-ppg-zertifikate-fuer-laminierte-sungateR-und-solarbandR-architektur-glasanwen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=803b40740b1be80f14ea957e7ecf129a Kuraray’s TROSIFOL PVB films have been approved by PPG Industries as a Certified Interlayer.  

    This prominent designation recognizes TROSIFOL’s knowledge and product quality in architectural laminated glass constructions.
    PPG Industries offers accredited certifications to glass producers and laminators. In TD-512 and TD-514, PPG added seven TROSIFOL interlayers to their approved list. The new interlayers include TROSIFOL BG R10, R15, R20, HR 100, SC+, XT SP, and Colour®. These product additions have expanded PPG’s recommendations regarding the assembly of low-e coatings in contact with interlayer’s materials.
    “The PPG certification shows the great strides that TROSIFOL has made in listening to our customers’ needs, which is our priority,” commented Christian Amad, Director of the TROSIFOL Division for North America.
    Kuraray TROSIFOL has excellent clarity, including the industry-standard low yellowness index, while still maintaining 99% UV blockage and impact strength. By imparting minimal color to glass products, end-users can have the protection and the clarity that they desire.


    About Kuraray TROSIFOL
    TROSIFOL is a world-leading manufacturer of highly specialized plastic films that are supplied to the glass industry where it is used in laminated safety glass (LSG). These films are manufactured from polyvinyl butyral (PVB). TROSIFOL film transforms the glass to allow for new properties, including: impact and penetration resistance, fragment retention on breakage, sound protection, UV protection etc., on a scale that the glass would never achieve without this special film. TROSIFOL can be found in car windshields, skyscrapers and in ground-level windows and overhead glazing, such as in glass roofs over terraces.


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    Press contact:
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
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    news-103 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:40:00 +0200 World's first polychrome zirkonia! https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/weltneuheit-eines-hochleistungszirkons/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=006a71a166829b7181a46c195b5321f2 KATANA™ Zirconia ML Disc – the world’s first polychrome high-performance zirconia with integrated color shift.  

    KATANA Zirconia ML Discs are the first polychrome high-performance zirconia blanks, which are manufactured with industrial scale and in exceptional constant quality.

    This polychrome zirconia disc consists of four pre-colored layers showing smooth enamel, dentin and cervical color shifts. They can be used easily in the everyday milling process for laboratories with milling machines. A natural tooth-like restoration can be achieved immediately within one step and a remarkable result with a natural gradient is performed.

    Without any further handcraft steps - like dipping, painting and drying - the sintering process can be started. Thanks to the shortened manufacturing process the economical performance can be improved and possible complaints avoided.

    The KATANA portfolio is even completed by the white KATANA Zirconia HT (High Translucent) Disc, which gives you additional opportunities for individual staining and veneering.

     

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    news-101 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 15:42:00 +0200 Kuraray with TROSIFOL at the “Mir Stekla” glass fair in Moscow https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-mit-trosifol-auf-der-glasmesse-mir-stekla-in-moskau/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4ffa2c6486fee40ff053b892bdb1a0f2 To mark the 10th anniversary of our Russian subsidiary, TROSIFOL participated for the very first time in MIR STEKLA in Russia.
    At the booth, the COLOUR products in particular met with keen interest – not least because the well-known Russian “Sber Bank” is fitting out all its branches with glass laminated with a special TROSIFOL colour. All customers were enthusiastic about the modern and lively booth and praised TROSIFOL for its 10 years of fruitful co-operation, close customer contact and service.

    On Wednesday evening immediately after the day at the fair, our customers were invited to a boat trip on the Moskva. Thanks to its efficient organisation, fine live music and the good weather, the event was an outstanding success.

    For TROSIFOL, Russia is an important growth market for laminated safety glass – for architectural applications as well as for the automotive sector – especially since major automotive producers such as VW, BMW, Ford, Toyota and Nissan are investing heavily in Russia.

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    news-99 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 11:38:00 +0200 Kuraray with TROSIFOL satisfied at China Glass fair 2013 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-mit-trosifol-auf-der-messe-china-glass-2013/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=56ba5c867ab9e7ae99d9395d6afc9f25 Very happy was TROSIFOL, a division of Kuraray Co. Ltd (Tokyo) with the outcome of this year’s China Glass fair in Bejing.

    Especially Ray Nakada, TROSIFOL’s responsible sales manager for this region was very satisfied: "The stand was very well recognized by visitors and raised our performance positively from many other companies at the fair. In addition to the products BLACK & WHITE, it was mainly the subject ‚yellowness index ', which interested visitors. Many visitors had the opinion that the PVB film TROSIFOL significantly differs from those of other PVB film manufacturers which do not show the high transparency and clarity of TROSIFOL PVB films."
    Asia is an important growth market for laminated safety glass made with TROSIFOL PVB films - both for architectural applications, as well as for applications in photovoltaics.
    The annual fair attracted over 800 national and international exhibitors from about 27 countries presented their products and services on approximately 80,000 square meters this year. Unofficial sources say about 30,000 visitors.

    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-97 Tue, 21 May 2013 17:18:00 +0200 Yoshiki Kuroki has taken over from Masuo Oba https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/yoshiki-kuroki-wird-nachfolger-von-masuo-oba/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ee077c41bc7009a9a1273d99670fbaaf Change in the management team at Kuraray Europe GmbH, Yoshiki Kuroki has taken over from Masuo Oba.  

    There has been a change of management at Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) in Hattersheim am Main, Germany: Yoshiki Kuroki took over as Co-Managing Director in April. He succeeds Masuo Oba, who has returned to Kuraray’s corporate headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, as Manager Planning & Administration in the Vinyl Acetate Company.

    “We would like to thank Masuo Oba for his work for KEG. We are sure that in his new function he will continue to support the collaboration between Europe and Japan,” says Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of KEG.

    Yoshiki Kuroki is already very familiar with KEG and Germany from his role as Deputy General Manager of the Poval Resin Division in Tokyo. As Managing Director of KEG he is responsible for the Advanced Materials Division. "We extend a warm welcome to Yoshiki Kuroki and wish him every success in his new function,” says Dr. Gutweiler. “His experience will help us drive forward our growth course in Europe."


    Masuo Oba, Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH, returning to Japan in April.

    Yoshiki Kuroki  - new Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH and Head of the Advanced Materials Division

     

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    news-95 Tue, 07 May 2013 12:24:00 +0200 KEG raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/keg-erhoeht-preise-fuer-polyvinylalkohol-produkte-pva-pvoh-in-europa-afrika-und-mittlerer-ost/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=bd7f4b13f64cf0dabc319b84bf6cd569 KEG raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East.  

    Effective July 01st. 2013, or as contract terms allow, KEG will target an increase of its sales prices for Polyvinyl alcohol products in Europe, Africa and Middle East in a range of € 100 - €130 per metric ton. Polyvinyl alcohol products and its specialties are market by Kuraray under the brand names Mowiol®, Mowiflex®, ®Kuraray Poval and ™Exceval.

    The price adjustments are as well related to the on a high level remaining raw materials, based on feed stocks like VAM and Ethylene, as to the rise in utility costs, logistic costs, and several general costs.

    This increase affects the Polyvinyl alcohol business of KEG into all industries and applications, that are –among others – adhesives, paper coatings, emulsion polymerization, plastic production / –processing, textiles and ceramics, nonwovens, glass fibers, building products and paints and coatings.

    KEG is the European organization of Kuraray that accounts responsible for Kuraray’s business of Polyvinyl alcohol in the region Europe, Africa and some selected markets within Middle East.

    This inevitable price adjustment is part of a global initiative of Kuraray.

    For more details, customers are asked to contact their known KEG representatives.


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    news-93 Tue, 02 Apr 2013 17:33:00 +0200 Special PVB film admits ultraviolet light unfiltered - TROSIFOL UV+ exploits the entire spectrum of sunlight https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/spezielle-pvb-folie-laesst-auch-ultraviolettes-licht-ungefiltert-passieren-trosifol-uv-nutzt-die-g/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4a21e2aa240f8230fafc14c7fc6c69b8 Special PVB film admits ultraviolet light unfiltered - TROSIFOL UV+ exploits the entire spectrum of sunlight  

    Conventional polyvinyl butyral (PVB) in laminated safety glass blocks out almost all ultraviolet (UV) radiation up to a wavelength of about 400 nanometres (nm). In other words, the penetration of UV-A light is almost entirely prevented by the PVB film. Shorter-wave UV light such as UV-B or UV-C of less than 320 nm is largely absorbed by the glass in any case. This effect is intended and can indeed be highly beneficial in terms of protecting the skin and preventing skin cancer.
    However, many terrestrial and aquatic organisms need the ultraviolet spectrum of sunlight invisible to the human eye. Honey-bees and bumble-bees can see within the UV range and thus find their way to the centre of flowers whose parts appear indistinguishable to humans. Very short-wave UV light kills pathogens. This phenomenon is exploited in zoos, for instance, where quarantine wards are equipped with UV light. Birds need UV light for orientation.

    For several years now, Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) has been noting growing demand for UV-permeable glass solutions. In these special applications, UV-permeability and safety are both highly important. Thanks to the transfer of knowledge from the photovoltaic product range of KEG’s TROSIFOL brand, it has succeeded in developing a film for architectural glazing that satisfies these requirements and admits the entire natural spectrum of solar radiation.

    Sales staff is therefore currently looking closely at possible applications with botanists and users in the life science and health sectors.

    Thanks to the well-known long service life of laminated safety glass containing TROSIFOL PVB films, this highly transparent film with its outstanding UV transmittance fills a gap in the range of unusual architectural applications. PVB as a non-curing thermoplastic has outstanding optical properties and displays excellent and lastingly high adhesion to glass. It is also distinguished by impressive impact-resistance, exceptional UV- and weather-resistance and excellent resistance to other environmental influences.

    TROSIFOL UV+ can be stored and remains serviceable for up to four years, exhibiting reproducible behaviour in all conventional lamination processes.


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    Press contact:
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu 

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    news-91 Wed, 27 Mar 2013 17:21:00 +0100 Kuraray America Inc. – TROSIFOL joins GANA https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-neues-mitglied-der-gana/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=0ccd1c2e353c97f08915bfbd599373f0 Glass Association of North America  

    Kuraray America Inc. aims to highlight the TROSIFOL brand in the North American market by joining the Glass Association of North America (GANA). The manufacturer of PVB films for laminated safety glass expects to learn more about their customers’ needs in order to service them better. The association’s membership and involvement in the glass industry will help TROSIFOL respond appropriately to market trends and technical developments more quickly. Christian Amad, Director – TROSIFOL for Kuraray America, Inc.: “We are excited to be a member of GANA. We look forward to continuing to increase our knowledge of our customers, and the glass industry, so that we can continue to build long-term partnerships.

     

    Press contact:
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-89 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 16:27:00 +0100 Kuraray presents comprehensive solutions at the European Coatings Show https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-praesentiert-umfassende-loesungen-auf-der-european-coatings-show-1/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=3fb303a4f98052565d2a968330e9e6fe Kuraray will display its products and services at the European Coatings Show (March 19 to 21) in Nuremberg, Germany.  

    The company will be represented by the following product lines: polyvinyl alcohol (Kuraray Poval®, Mowiol®, Exceval®, Mowiflex TC®), polyvinyl butyral (Mowital®, Pioloform®), liquid rubber based on butadiene (LBR) and isoprene (LIR) and chemicals (Kuraray Polyol, 3-Methyl-1.5-Pentanediol, 1.9-Nonanediol).

    The booth will be located in hall 1, number 1-454. We are looking forward to meet you in Nuremberg.


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    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,800 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.5 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

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    news-87 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 22:39:00 +0100 Kuraray and T-Park break ground for new construction project https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-und-t-park-starten-bauarbeiten-mit-spatenstich/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=060176234442153f714218da62a4bce8 New production plant for special TROSIFOL automotive glazing films to be ready for operation at the end of 2013
    At its Troisdorf location, Kuraray Europe GmbH is investing some EUR 20 million in a new production line for TROSIFOL films and a new warehouse. The construction of this fifth production line in Troisdorf will increase capacity in the automotive film sector to a total of 10 million square metres from the beginning of 2014.

    In the presence of a large number of TROSIFOL employees, the official ground-breaking ceremony was collectively performed by Ralf Eschrich, Head of the TROSIFOL Division in Troisdorf, Dr Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH (Hattersheim, Frankfurt), Frank Rückersberg, Managing Director of T-Park GmbH, Markus Mers, Managing Director of Bolckmans GmbH, and Klaus-Werner Jablonski, Mayor of Troisdorf, on the industrial estate site on Wednesday.

    The new production building is being erected on the site of the old packaging store within the core zone of the industrial estate. The site is such that a second production line can be optionally built at a later date. A new central raw materials warehouse is being built in the immediate vicinity in order to ensure a continuous supply of raw materials to all production lines at the location.

    Since February 2012, an internal project team has been working on the implementation of various measures associated with the construction of the new film production line. Until its scheduled commissioning in November 2013, many project steps will have to be accomplished. Part of the new production plant earmarked for PVB automotive glazing films will be equipped with clean room technology. “In this sensitive area, the meticulous observance of cleanliness will later be essential,” explains Dr Detlef Hanning, the project manager responsible for the new plant. “Those who work here have to change their clothes first and cannot simply move back and forth between the various parts of the plant. Staff assigned to the new film winders in the clean room have to follow precise instructions so that the film exhibits the demanded quality at the end of the process.”

    A pleasant sight as well
    While the technology inside meets the highest standards, the outer façade and entrance area will impress with an attractive appearance. KEG wishes to be able to welcome its customers and visitor groups in a suitably designed entrance area of the building.

    Concurrently with the technical and structural preparations, staff are currently being recruited to run the plant in three shifts. Interested members of the existing workforce have applied through internally published job vacancies, although the team will also be bolstered by new staff taken on from outside. A total of 18 new employees will be contracted at Kuraray in Troisdorf. Some of them will replace staff who have previously worked on other lines. “The new plant will be operated by staff who will rotate rather than have a fixed workplace,” explains Dr Holger Stenzel, TROSIFOL Production Manager. It is intended that each employee will be able to work in all parts of the plant and step in for workmates absent due to sick or holiday leave. “With an extensive and multi-stage training strategy, we want to prepare our staff for this new challenge,” Stenzel adds.

    Quality as the yardstick for everyone
    A “zero defects” strategy will be decisive for future success at Kuraray, and not only when working on the new film production line. “Automotive customers will not tolerate even the tiniest defects in the film as these show up in the windscreen,” says Andreas Karpinski, Automotive Product Manager. “If we want to prevent complaints, we have to work defect-free from the outset. This starts with the quality of PVA and PVB raw materials and continues through to punctual deliveries to our glass customers.”

    “To achieve this massive boost in output, Kuraray has to increase its supply of raw materials accordingly,” Dr Matthias Gutweiler and Ralf Eschrich explain.

    Equally high are the expectations of the client T-Park GmbH, the owner and operator of the industrial estate, and its general contractor Bolckmans GmbH. For its part, T-Park GmbH is investing EUR 2.3 million in the first new building and making TROSIFOL available. Bolckmans, the contracted builder, already has plenty of experience of the industrial estate. The firm from the Lower Rhine is currently erecting production, storage and logistical space and an office complex with total floor space of roughly 12,000 square metres for Natumi AG and a warehouse and multi-purpose building for SIKA-Trocal GmbH in the immediate proximity of the new TROSIFOL production plant.

    Frank Rückersberg is also optimistic: “We’re delighted with this investment in the future of the industrial park in Troisdorf. We’re also very gratified by the renewal of Kuraray’s tenancy until 2028.”

    The new building will be 75 metres long and 24 metres wide. It is to be completed in May 2013, after which the construction of the new production plant will get underway.

    Background to TROSIFOL
    TROSIFOL® is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing, and special films are used for durably encapsulating solar cells in the photovoltaic industry. The primary material for all TROSIFOL films is polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Since the launch of TROSIFOL in 1953, ongoing research and development have formed the foundation for TROSIFOL's success.
    TROSIFOL is a division of the Kuraray Corporation domiciled in Tokyo, Japan, the world's market leader with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), one of the key raw materials for TROSIFOL PVB films.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated and externally monitored management system that satisfies the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949:2009, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2009 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
    http://www.trosifol.com

    Background to Troisdorf Industrial Estate
    Troisdorf Technology and Industrial Estate (T-Park) covering an area of about 478,000 square metres and including 233,000 square metres of built-up space is a forward-looking industrial and commercial estate perfectly served by rail, road and air links. As part of a longstanding industrial site whose history stretches back to the 19th century, the T-Park is today an ideal location for production, warehouses, offices and research. For production and research companies in the plastics sector, the T-Park offers ideal conditions. Over 60 companies with a total of roughly 2,000 employees have found a home in the T-Park. Attracting new companies is part of its growth strategy. Firms engaging in plastics production and processing and from the automotive and construction industries will find in the T-Park the ideal infrastructure and a perfect setting. Keystone T-Park Verwaltung GmbH assists companies in all aspects of taking up residence here.
    Further information:
    http://www.technologiepark-troisdorf.de


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    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email trosifol(at)kuraray.eu


    Press contact:
    Thomas Korp, Managing Director
Keystone T-Park Verwaltung GmbH
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 25230-90
    Email thomas.korp(at)tpark.eu

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    news-85 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:51:00 +0100 Kuraray Europe GmbH and Leschaco open new distribution warehouse in Groß-Gerau https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-und-leschaco-weihen-neues-versandlager-in-gross-gerau-ein/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ce1337577734a17bf1ea76304023a889 Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) and Leschaco today held the official opening ceremony for a new distribution warehouse in Groß-Gerau, Germany.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) and Leschaco today held the official opening ceremony for a new distribution warehouse in Groß-Gerau, Germany. Distribution of the plastics polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyvinylbutyral (PVB), which were previously shipped from Hanau and Griesheim, will be bundled at this warehouse from December 1, 2012.

    "We are delighted that this new distribution warehouse gives us sufficient capacity for the planned expansion of our production facilities and for future growth," said Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH. "In collaboration with our partner Leschaco, we will be integrating and optimising our logistics processes." Leschaco is a global logistics service-provider that specialises in handling products of this type. "Our specially trained teams of employees have extensive knowledge and experience of the transportation, storage and handling of such products," stressed Jörg Conrad, owner of the Leschaco Group.

    The modern warehouse, located at Wassserweg 2, Groß-Gerau, Germany, has around 19,000 m2 storage space and was built in just twelve months. A variety of locations were considered. Stefan Sauer, Mayor of Groß-Gerau, expressed his pleasure that it was possible to integrate buildings formerly used by Fagro, providing a lasting reminder of this traditional company. The decision to build the warehouse in Groß-Gerau was based on its good transport connections: "The Wasserweg business park is an optimal location, close to the motorway and to Frankfurt airport. There are already many logistics companies here."

    The KEG products PVA (Mowiol®) and PVB (Mowital®) will be shipped from this warehouse to customers in manufacturing industry, mainly in Europe. Both products are classified as uncritical for storage and transport. They are used in many areas of daily life: in the production of paper, textiles, packaging, printing inks, coatings, adhesives, cosmetics and ceramics.

    Kuraray Europe GmbH

    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,800 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.4 billion. It is one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres and an international leader in the development and use of innovative highperformance materials. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based in Hattersheim am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

    Leschaco Group

    About Leschaco: The Leschaco Group is a global service-provider active in the fields of air and sea freight, contract logistics and tank containers. Leschaco is a reliable partner of leading companies in the machinery and plant engineering industry, automotive industry, chemical industry and associated sectors, consumer goods and pharmaceuticals. Comprehensive logistics services from a single source supported by a uniform IT framework ensure high process transparency. The company was founded as Lexzau, Scharbau in Hamburg in 1879 by Wilhelm Lexzau and Julius Scharbau. Today it has 42 subsidiaries and more than 1,700 employees in over 20 countries. This network is strengthened by carefully selected agents. The company’s owner and managing director Jörg Conrad insists on sustainable business development. The company is based in Bremen, Germany.

    Contact: Henrike von Oehsen – Corporate Communications | LESCHACO | Lexzau, Scharbau GmbH & Co. KG Tel. + 49 421 6101 289 | E-mail: vonoehsen_henrike(at)leschaco.de | www.leschaco.com

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    news-82 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:37:00 +0200 Strategic investment https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/strategische-investitionen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5864a19024fc9223b1a7eb37dd8719af Expansion of TROSIFOL film production in Troisdorf and extensions of capacity in Frankfurt  

    In the next few years, Kuraray intends to substantially increase its production capacity in various product segments worldwide. The construction of a new production line for TROSIFOL polyvinyl butyral (PVB) films is thus about to get underway. What is now the eighth production line will increase capacity in the automotive film sector by 5,000 tonnes per year to a total of 10 million square metres of automotive film by the end of 2013. The sum invested here alone is EUR 17 million. The goal of the planned investment is to respond to growing global demand for PVB films for laminated safety glass in the automotive industry and significantly lift TROSIFOL's market share in this segment. Production capacity at the Nizhny Novgorod site in Russia will be raised concurrently.
    "The new production line in Troisdorf will be specifically geared to the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements," says Ralf Eschrich, who heads the TROSIFOL Division at Kuraray Europe GmbH. "At the same time, we will be stepping up the number of staff working in research & development and technical service. Our automotive customers can reckon with regular supplies as of the beginning of 2014."

    To achieve this massive boost to production, Kuraray is having to expand its raw material base accordingly. To this end, it will be considerably augmenting its capacity for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), a primary product for PVB, in Frankfurt next year. Kuraray is also planning a new PVA plant in Houston, Texas, USA for 2014. Kuraray is already today's world market leader with PVA.
    It is currently investigating further investment in PVB films in Asia.
    With TROSIFOL, Kuraray is Europe's leading supplier of PVB films for the production of laminated safety glass for architectural applications.
    Kuraray as a whole and the TROSIFOL division in particular will be pursuing a strong growth strategy in the next few years and intend to bolster production capacity outside Europe as well.


    Background to TROSIFOL
    TROSIFOL® is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing; special TROSIFOL films are used to encapsulate solar cells with long-term durability in the photovoltaic industry. The primary material for all TROSIFOL films is polyvinyl butyral (PVB) that has been used as an interlayer in laminated safety glass since the middle of the thirties of the 20th century. Since the launch of TROSIFOL in 1953, ongoing research and development have formed the foundation for TROSIFOL's success.
    TROSIFOL is a division of the Kuraray Corporation domiciled in Tokyo, Japan, the world's market leader with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), one of the key raw materials for TROSIFOL PVB films.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated and externally monitored management system that satisfies the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2005 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
    http://www.trosifol.com


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    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    Email: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

     

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    news-80 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 12:17:00 +0200 Kuraray and solar glass manufacturer ‘f | solar GmbH’ present an innovative High power double glass PV panel with TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+ https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-und-solarglashersteller-f-solar-gmbh-zeigen-innovatives-hochleistungs-pv-modul-mit-trosi/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=ef9ab28896a2eff2aaf6310c577a3766 Excellent module efficiency through combination of high-duty components - Glass-Glass-PV-Module with PVB encapsulation film meets the highest safety requirements with regard to glazing in the building envelope  

    At the special show “glass technology live” during the worldwide leading fair of the glass industry “glasstec” in Dusseldorf TROSIFOL will present an innovative Glass-Glass-PV-Module and will demonstrate how embedding losses may be reduced by more than 5 percent through expedient combination of high-duty components. The high-efficiency module has been manufactured by ‘f | solar GmbH’ in cooperation with the companies Kuraray Europe GmbH / Division TROSIFOL, Schlenk Metallfolien GmbH & Co. KG and Scheuten Optisol®.

    The Glass-Glass-PV-Module is equipped with new components:
    The front glass is a specific low-iron solar float glass with a thickness of only 2.0 mm. Being equipped with a robust Mono-Broadband-Antireflex Coating the f | solarfloat HT offers energy transmission (TePV) of about 94 percent and it optimally suited for use in silicon solar cells with selective emitter technology.
    The PVB encapsulation film TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+ with unique UV transmittance shows high and permanent stability and exceptional resistance to heat, UV radiation and moisture. A second highly reflective PVB encapsulation film SOLAR R40 ULTRA WHITE reflects the sunlight over a wide wavelength range so that it essentially contributes to higher module efficiency.
    In addition to that, performance is increased by up to 3 percent through use of a Light Harvesting String (LHS) of the type LHS SELECT supplied by Schlenk. The precisely structured surface of the silver-clad ribbon directs the sunlight to the air/glass boundary layer at an exactly defined angle, resulting in "total internal reflection" (TIR).
    The smooth and non-dispersive surface of float glass works most efficiently in this case. Sunlight deflected in such manner can be almost completely retrieved on the active surface of the cell.

    A typical standard PV module consists of a 3.2 mm low-iron front glass, a transparent encapsulating film in front of and behind the solar cell and a back side cover glass or polymer back sheet layer. A string with 60 cells yields approx. 250 W power in a module.

    The power output of such a module can be increased by 5% or more by changing to

    • a low-iron 2 mm tempered and AR coated front glass
    • a thin UV transmissive PVB encapsulant before and
    • a white high reflective PVB layer behind the solar cell in combination with
    • a high power (Selective Emitter) cell connected by specially designed cell connectors (LHS)


    Double glass PV panels score in the matter of power output, long-term durability and stability compared to standard PV modules. Additionally such a solar panel is classified as laminated safety glass and can be used in BIPV applications e.g. as thin glass element for double or triple insulating glass.

    We look forward to seeing you at the glasstec 2012 in Dusseldorf: Hall 10, Stand 10F38

    Please also pay a visit to TROSIFOL in the “glass technology live” show in Hall 11, Stand C28.



    Background f | solar
    The company f | solar concentrates its efforts on industrial manufacture and marketing of specifically low-iron and highly transmissive solar glass with efficient, extremely robust and long-life AR coating.
    f | solar is a joint venture formed by Dutch Scheuten Group and Interpane Glas Industrie AG, two multinational undertakings backed by more than 100 years of experience in the field of high-duty glass production.
    Industrial and consistent high-quality solar glass manufacture from one source!
    About 270 experts working in one of the most modern and fully integrated solar glass factories in the center of Germany’s Solar Valley produce up to 700 tons per day of extremely low-iron solar float glass.
    Of course the highest standards of environmental protection are observed. Green products – Green factory.
    Further information may be found under
    http://www.fsolar.de

    Background TROSIFOL
    TROSIFOL is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are mainly used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing, special TROSIFOL films are used to encapsulate solar cells with long term durability in the photovoltaic industry. PVB is the background material for all TROSIFOL films used as an interlayer in laminated safety glass since the middle of the thirties of the 20. century. The experience gained from the processing of this material since 1953, thanks to ongoing research and development, is one of the main reasons for technical leadership and worldwide success of TROSIFOL. TROSIFOL is a Division of Japan based chemical group Kuraray Co. Ltd (Tokio) which is the world’s leading producer of polyvinyl alcohols (PVA), one of the initial products for TROSIFOL PVB films.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated externally monitored management system that satisfies the requirements of a quality management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2005 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
    http://www.trosifol.com


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    See more press photos under www.fsolar.de


    Press contact:  
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

    Contact for journalists f | solar:
    Thomas Keyser
    f | solar GmbH, Appendorfer Weg 5,
    D-39171 Sülzetal (OT Osterweddingen, Germany)
    Phone: +49 (0)39205 450400
    E-mail: info(at)fsolar.de

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    news-78 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:53:00 +0200 TROSIFOL presents optimised UV+ PVB film https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-praesentiert-optimierte-pvb-folie-uv/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=f445e5ae5445f048c6aa349acbdeb9f7 At this year's glasstec 2012 in Düsseldorf, TROSIFOL, a division of Kuraray Europe GmbH, will be not only presenting its complete range of PVB encapsulation films for photovoltaic modules, but also showcasing its new, recently launched TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+.  

    This is a pioneering, newly developed PVB film with a modified formulation. A highly transparent film with outstanding UV transmittance, it achieves even higher energy yield not only in crystalline UV-selective solar cells and CIS/CIGS thin film modules, but also in architectural applications where this property is particularly beneficial.

    Since TROSIFOL UV+ allows the natural spectrum of solar radiation to pass largely unchanged, it is particularly useful in applications where this is expressly desired, e.g. for plants. Conceivable here are applications in large greenhouse farming enterprises that not only need natural light, but also wish to benefit from the special advantages of laminated safety glass. TROSIFOL is already in contact with potential users.

    Polyvinyl butyral (PVB), a thermoplastic and hence non-crosslinking, basically displays outstanding and lasting adhesive strength. PVB exhibits exceptional optical properties, high adhesion to glass, remarkable impact resistance and incomparable resistance to UV, heat, weathering and other environmental influences.

    TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+ shows excellent compatibility with other photovoltaic components, can be stored and remains processable for up to four years, and shows reproducible behaviour in all conventional lamination processes.

    You can find further technical details in the current product brochure.

    We look forward to seeing you at glasstec 2012 in Düsseldorf: Hall 10, Stand 10F38.

    Please also visit TROSIFOL at the "glass technology live" special in Hall 11, Stand C28.


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    Press contact:   

    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

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    news-76 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:11:00 +0200 Sky Tower - a city within a building https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/sky-tower-die-stadt-im-gebaeude/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8baa0cbe02ec94cbee9b02bc99fcc556 TROSIFOL glass façade for Poland's tallest residential building  

    The Sky Tower, a high-rise building in Wrocław, Poland, has recently set new standards in terms of size and height.With a height of 212 metres, 50 storeys, 21,987 square metres of office space and 24,349 square metres of commercial floor space for retailing and services, the Sky Tower even scores beyond Poland's borders. The Sky Tower complex actually comprises three buildings: the "Podium B1" (the podium), " Wieża B2" (the tower proper), and " Żagiel B3" (the sail).The apartments and luxury flats ranging from 45 to 222 square metres in size are accommodated in buildings B2 (184 units in 10 different basic layouts) and B3 (52 apartments with 23 different ground plans).140 boutiques, delicatessen outlets, restaurants, cafés, sports facilities and a wellness and spa zone in fact make it unnecessary to ever leave the complex. For anyone working in one of the luxuriously appointed air-conditioned offices, the Sky Tower offers everything one could possible wish for on total space of 171,000 square metres.

     

    New landmark for Wrocław and Poland
    The new Sky Tower is designed to stand out and set standards of modern comfort, luxury life-style and engineering. The choice of location is burgeoning Wrocław that aims to sharpen its European profile. "Openness, energy and ambition" are the attributes that Wrocław as the capital of Lower Silesia wishes to outwardly communicate. At the same time, the Sky Tower offers a breath-taking view of the pulsating city and its environs and thus creates a meeting place and a new landmark for the region. It is visible not only to travellers arriving at the airport, but in good weather even from the Karkonosze mountains (German: Riesengebirge) on the Czech border. As a focal point for top international companies and traders and a premier address and secure investment for its 236 tenants and flat owners, the Sky Tower will also symbolise a modern, ascendant Poland that is fast catching up with the world's leading industrial nations.
    On the 50th floor at a height of about 200 metres, crowning the Sky Tower's 25,000 tonnes of steel and roughly 4 hectares of glass, is a viewing platform that is set to become one of the foremost tourist destinations of the city of Wrocław.

    Wrocław
    With its population of some 650,000, Wrocław (German: Breslau) is Poland's fourth-largest city and the country's biggest academic centre. An international airport, the motorway and railway stations integrate Wrocław in the European transport network. Theatres, an opera house, a concert hall, clubs, museums and art galleries create a broad cultural foundation with which Wrocław hopes to attract further investors. LG Philips, Hewlett-Packard, Sharp, Siemens and Toyota are just some of the big-name companies that have already seized the opportunity. A mixture of different cultures gives the city a character of its own. Wrocław sees itself as a vibrant, eager, modern and cosmopolitan city in the throes of dynamic growth.

    The building's location
    The Sky Tower is located in the Krzyki district, an area of heavy investment and which in a few years is set to become Wrocław's new shopping and commercial quarter. The main axis and thoroughfare of the district is Ulica Powstańców Śląskich, a continuation of Ulica Świdnicka leading from the Old Town's marketplace (Rynek Starego Miasta). The complex will ideally be just a short distance on foot from the central railway station and bus station (10 minutes) and marketplace (15 minutes). The motorway A4 slip road and the airport are roughly 20 minutes away from the complex by car.


    The Sky Tower project
    Work on the Sky Tower got underway back in 2007. In February 2012, work on the technical infrastructure and roads around the Sky Tower was completed. The shopping centre opened in May 2012 and construction work on the complex is due for completion by the end of the year.

    A particularly impressive feature of the Sky Tower is the glass façade visible from afar. For the glass used for this, the Polish glass processor PRESS GLASS SA, a specialist in such large-scale projects, was contracted to supply the total of 37,000 square metres of glass. PRESS GLASS supplied 28,000 square metres of glazed units including laminated safety glass with TROSIFOL film in 88.2, 66.2 and 44.2 sheets.
    To uphold the building's high standards and protect the luxury flats from road noise, PRESS GLASS opted for TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL film 0.76 millimetres thick for the façade. This is where the architects and clients demanded an extra-high level of noise mitigation.
    In the basement, mainly beneath the shopping centre, the Polish glass processor used units some 1,000 square metres of 0.76 millimetre thick TROSIFOL standard PVB film because no elevated standards of sound reduction were demanded here.
    PRESS GLASS chose its longstanding supplier Kuraray and TROSIFOL film because of the product's features. "We were also certain that TROSIFOL could supply the required quantity with the demanded quality on time," Gerard Plaze, Promotions Manager of PRESS GLASS SA.

    Sound protection with TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL
    In developing TROSIFOL® SOUND CONTROL (TROSIFOL SC), a special acoustic PVB film, TROSIFOL has achieved a breakthrough to a product for high-grade acoustic glazing. In multiple insulating glazing, this product combines outstanding sound protection characteristics with all the benefits of a conventional TROSIFOL PVB film for laminated safety glass (LSG). LSG produced with TROSIFOL displays outstanding safety properties, as glass fragments resulting from breakage remain stuck to the film and thus strongly reduce their potentially harmful effect. TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL demonstrates its exceptional sound protection performance even in monolithic laminated safety glass. Although the use of LSG instead of float glass yields a 2 dB improvement in noise mitigation, using TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL in the same assembly of the same thickness achieves an improvement of up to 5 dB in the sound insulation values (compared to one sheet of float glass).

    TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL is approved by the building authorities in accordance with the "Technical Rules for Edge-protection Glazing" and the guideline "Technical Rules for Linearly Mounted Glazing" of the German Institute of Construction Engineering (Certificate No. Z-70.3-89). The product thus satisfies the requirements of conventional laminated safety glass, even when used overhead and in edge-protection glazing.
    A new development is sound insulation with TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL SC+, which yields remarkable efficiency-boosting advantages in the mass production of acoustic LSG (not used on the Sky Tower). As confirmed by several test bodies accredited Europe-wide, laminated safety glass produced with SC+ achieves sound insulation values of over 50 dB in ISO glazing, depending on composition.

    With its superior efficiency, new multilayer TROSIFOL SC+ PVB film is ideal for high-performance processors specialising in jumbo widths. It has been developed specifically for efficient processing and thus displays its strengths only in this area.
    Combinations with white translucent, coloured or colourless TROSIFOL PVB films are also readily possible. This means that the new SC+ film extends TROSIFOL's existing sound protection range to include a productivity-boosting variant without compromising on the familiar outstanding optical properties of clarity, transparency and light stability.

    It goes without saying that the new multi-layer film also combines its outstanding sound insulation values with the accustomed safety characteristics. In assembly 44.2, laminated safety glass with TROSIFOL SC+ achieves safety class P2A conforming to EN 356 and Class 1B1 in accordance with EN 12600. Test certificates from MPA Darmstadt are available on request.

    These attributes enable glass processors to produce LSG with outstanding acoustic and safety properties. In terms of processing, the new film is identical to the proven TROSIFOL BG range of films for architectural glazing. TROSIFOL SC+ is supplied refrigerated in roll lengths of 230 and 470 metres and in thicknesses of 0.50 and 0.76 millimetres.

    Background PRESS GLASS
    PRESS GLASS Company was founded in December 1991 in the form of a Polish-Swedish joint venture company. The headquarters of the firm was located in Wreczyca Wielka near Czestochowa (Poland). The total surface area of the production hall amounted to 600m2 and production commenced in January 1992. Focusing on modern technological solutions within a short period of time PRESS GLASS became the most modern plant producing double glazing glass in Poland and one of the most modern in Europe. The company continues to strive for perfection regarding production management and customer services, which was recognized in July 1999 when it received the quality certificate ISO 9002 and in July 2002 it received the ISO 9001 certificate (ISO 14001 in August 2008).
    The scale of production led to the constant need to reach perfection in terms of the
level of services. As the first firm in the market to do so, PRESS GLASS introduced a system known as PG-Net to allow its clients to monitor their orders on the Internet. Its task was to allow for the automatic circulation of documents between the factories of PRESS GLASS and the company’s partners.
    http://www.pressglass.eu  


    Background TROSIFOL
    TROSIFOL® is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are mainly used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing, special TROSIFOL films are used to encapsulate solar cells with long term durability in the photovoltaic industry. PVB is the background material for all TROSIFOL films used as an interlayer in laminated safety glass since the middle of the thirties of the 20. century. The experience gained from the processing of this material since 1953, thanks to ongoing research and development, is one of the main reasons for technical leadership and worldwide success of TROSIFOL. TROSIFOL is a Division of Japan based chemical group Kuraray Co. Ltd (Tokio) which is the world’s leading producer of polyvinyl alcohols (PVA), one of the initial products for TROSIFOL PVB films.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated externally monitored management system that satisfies the requirements of a quality management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2005 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS 18001:2007.
    http://www.trosifol.com


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    Press contact:
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & MarketingKuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,Mülheimer Strasse 26, D-53840 Troisdorf, GermanyPhone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299E-mail: trosifol@kuraray

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    news-74 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:44:00 +0200 The PVB pioneer in photovoltaics is exhibiting at the intersolar Europe 2012 fair in Munich https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/pvb-pionier-in-der-photovoltaik-ist-aussteller-auf-der-intersolar-europe-2012-in-muenchen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=716c1f9ed0d9b61c432ff71591ad6ac0 TROSIFOL presents optimized PVB encapsulation films UV+ at the intersolar Europe 2012 fair in Munich  

    At this year's intersolar Europe 2012 in Munich, TROSIFOL, a division of Kuraray Europe GmbH, will be presenting its complete range of PVB encapsulation films for photovoltaic modules with the spotlight on its new TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+. This is a pioneering development of a new PVB film with a modified formulation. This highly transparent film with outstanding UV transmittance achieves even more efficient energy yield in crystalline UV selective solar cells and CIS/CIGS Thin Film modules.
    In addition, thermoplastic (and hence non-curing) plastic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) displays excellent and long-lasting adhesion. The film shows exceptional resistance to heat, UV radiation and other environmental influences.

    TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+ is highly compatible with other module components, can be stored and processed for up to four years and displays reproducible behaviour in all conventional lamination processes.
    The film is available in thicknesses of 0.50 and 0.76 mm in roll lengths of 370 (for 0.50 mm) and 250 metres (for 0.76 mm), each with a polyethylene interleaf. Customized film thicknesses are available on request. Further technical details can be found in the current product brochure.

    BIPV with TROSIFOL SOLAR
    TROSIFOL continues to be active in the growth market of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
    BIPV means the generation of solar electricity with modules integrated in buildings, e.g. as facades, roof-elements, as solar protection or in other integral elements of a building structure. Encapsulation materials of transparent plastic make an important contribution here to the durability of photovoltaic modules and long-term power generation. In the last few years, PVB has become established as the alternative to the widely used EVA.
    Under the “TROSIFOL SOLAR” brand name, Kuraray Europe GmbH was the first manufacturer worldwide to develop a special PVB film for use in solar modules. Solar modules containing TROSIFOL PVB films have been successfully undergoing outdoor weathering tests on module test stands, e.g. at the Berlin Photovoltaic Institute and the Fraunhofer ISE Institute, since the beginning of the Eighties.

    PVB has excellent optical properties, high adhesion to glass, high impact resistance and outstanding UV, temperature and weather resistance. Employed as the encapsulation material in glass/glass modules - both thin-film and crystalline - TROSIFOL SOLAR R40 PVB films impress with their exemplary transparency, very good electrical properties, broad compatibility with different module materials and straightforward processing in all conventional lamination processes.

    In addition, TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB films display the whole range of characteristics familiar from the production of laminated safety glass, such as outstanding mechanical strength.
    TROSIFOL SOLAR R40 films are certified to IEC 61646:2008 and IEC 61730 by TÜV Rheinland, UL-registered in Certificate No. E330225 and are produced to the specifications of Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2004.
     

    Important advantages of TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB film at a glance:

    • PVB storable for up to 4 years until use
    • High resistance to impressions and no edge flow and hence no contamination of the modules in the lamination process
    • Reproducible lamination process (PVB does not cure)
    • Suitable for use in other, more cost-effective lamination processes in addition to vacuum lamination
    • Proven long-term UV and temperature resistance (familiar for decades from PVB's use in laminated safety glass)
    • Combination with noise-reducing or coloured films possible for the satisfaction of aesthetic or functional needs


    We look forward to seeing you at the intersolar Europe 2012 in Munich: Hall 5, Stand A5.360

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    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

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    news-72 Mon, 07 May 2012 13:45:00 +0200 KEG raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/keg-erhoeht-preise-fuer-polyvinylalkohol-produkte-pva-pvoh-in-europa-afrika-und-mittlerer-ost-1/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=aea4997752bd9cd85430d5ef6f93e474 KEG raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East  

    Effective July 01st. 2012, or as contract terms allow, KEG will target an increase of its sales prices for Polyvinylalcohol products in Europe, Africa and Middle East in a range of € 100 - €130 per metric ton.

    Polyvinyl alcohol products and its specialities are market by Kuraray under the brand names Mowiol®, Mowiflex®, ®Kuraray Poval and ™Exceval.

    The price adjustments are as well related to the recent level of raw materials, based on increased, and on a high level remaining, feed stocks, as significant rise in utility costs, logistic costs, and several general costs.

    This increase affects the Polyvinyl alcohol business of KEG into all industries and applications, that are –among others – adhesives, paper coatings, emulsion polymerization, plastic production / –processing, textiles and ceramics, nonwovens, glass fibers, building products and paints and coatings.

    KEG is the European organization of Kuraray that accounts responsible for Kuraray’s business of Polyvinylalcohol in the region Europe, Africa and some selected markets within Middle East.

    This inevitable price adjustment is part of a global initiative of Kuraray.

    For more details, customers are asked to contact their known KEG representatives.

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    news-70 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 17:20:00 +0200 23rd China Glass 2012 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/23rd-china-glass-2012/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=c8423df3124a5ff658eabffb55622a52 23rd China Glass 2012: TROSIFOL presents complete range of PVB films for architectural, photovoltaic and automotive glazing.  

    At this year’s “China International Glass Industry Technology Exhibition of 2012” in Shanghai, China, TROSIFOL, a division of Kuraray Europe GmbH, presented its entire range of PVB films for architectural, photovoltaic and automotive glazing.

    One of the highlights was the new, design-inspiring BLACK & WHITE product line. This product range of the Kuraray subsidiary is based on two new PVB films, Brilliant Black and Diamond White, in a 0.76 mm thickness. These are supplemented by three more design films in different shades of white and different degrees of opacity. By introducing this new segment, the Troisdorf film specialist is extending its target group and appealing to architects, planners and interior designers.


    The PVB encapsulation films for photovoltaic modules – TROSIFOL SOLAR – were presented as integrated in customer modules, one thin-layer and two crystalline modules.

    The vibrant COLOUR product line was illustrated with different-coloured glass panes, while automotive glazing expertise was demonstrated with several windscreens. The latter segment is all set to grow in importance now that TROSIFOL has announced its decision to invest almost EUR 20 million in the coming two years in the expansion of PVB film production for automotive glazing.


    China Glass 2012 at the SHANGHAI NEW INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION CENTER (SNEC) is organised by the Chinese Ceramic Society (CCS) and the Shanghai Ceramic Society. Registered were 842 exhibitors from 23 countries, including Italy, France, Austria, Australia, Finland, Germany and others. The exhibition occupied approximately 55,000 square metres of space. China Glass is now one of the biggest international fairs in its sector in Asia and one of the world’s most influential fairs devoted to glass.


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    Press contact:
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol(at)kuraray.eu 

     

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    news-68 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:21:00 +0100 Kuraray to expand production of TROSIFOL film in Troisdorf - Aim is to significantly increase market share in the automotive sector https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erweitert-trosifol-film-produktion-in-troisdorf-marktanteil-im-automobilbereich-soll-deutl/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=7cdf51a567c6e34b0532d145c2fe487b Kuraray to expand production of TROSIFOL film in Troisdorf - Aim is to significantly increase market share in the automotive sector  

    Kuraray is planning to increase production capacity for TROSIFOL PVB film at its site in Troisdorf, near Cologne in Germany. The company will invest nearly EUR 20 million in an additional production line, which will increase capacity enormously when it comes on stream at year-end 2013. Kuraray is also investigating strategic options to increase capacity in Asia with a strong focus on India.

    The investment is a response to rising global demand from the automotive industry for PVB film for laminated safety glass and should greatly increase TROSIFOL's share of this market. With its TROSIFOL brand Kuraray is already Europe's leading supplier of PVB film for the production of laminated safety glass for architectural glazing.

    "The new production line in Troisdorf will be specifically geared to the automotive industry's stringent quality requirements," says Ralf Eschrich, who heads the TROSIFOL Division at Kuraray Europe GmbH. "At the same time, we will be stepping up the number of staff working in research & development and technical service. The aim is to raise our presence in this key growth market and position ourselves as a strong and competent partner for customers in the automotive industry."


    Ralf Eschrich, Head of the TROSIFOL Division at Kuraray Europe GmbH.


    With its TROSIFOL brand Kuraray is a leading supplier of PVB films for laminated safety glass for vehicles, buildings and solar modules.

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    Kuraray Europe GmbH

    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,500 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.2 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

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    news-67 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:04:00 +0100 Roman Lob gewinnt das Finale https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/roman-lob-gewinnt-das-finale/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=524a44ee15ca1677a5e6c67950ddf639 Jetzt ist es sicher und das Zittern hat ein Ende: Roman Lob (21) ist „Unser aller Star für Baku“ und offizieller Vertreter Deutschlands beim "Eurovision Song Contest".  

    Jetzt ist es sicher und das Zittern hat ein Ende: Roman Lob (21) ist „Unser aller Star für Baku“. Damit ist er offizieller Vertreter Deutschlands beim „Eurovision Song Contest“ Ende Mai in Baku, der Hauptstadt von Aserbaidschan. Die Zuschauer haben gewählt: Der Titel „Standing still“ wird es sein, den er dort singen wird.

    In einem spannenden Finale haben bei Interpreten, Ornella de Santis und Roman Lob, ihr Bestes gegeben. Letztlich konnte sich Roman knapp vor Ornella behaupten und die meisten Stimmen auf seine Seite ziehen.

    Mit einem selbst produzierten Kurzvideo hatten ihn seine Kolleginnen und Kollegen von TROSIFOL noch einmal angefeuert und versucht, die letzten Reserven zu mobilisieren. Alles hat gepasst und Roman war in Topform!
    Der Titel „Standing Still“ steht bereits heute zum download bereit.

    Roman Lob hatte schon mit 16 erste Erfolge in der Casting-Show „Deutschland sucht den Superstar“. Dort hatte er es mit seiner souligen Stimme bis unter die letzten 20 geschafft, musste aber aufgrund einer Kehlkopfentzündung aufgeben. Außerdem zog er es vor, zunächst seine Ausbildung zum Industriemechaniker bei TROSIFOL zu beenden. TROSIFOL und eine vernünftige Berufsausbildung waren ihm wichtiger.

    Der Arbeitsplatz muss nun erst mal warten. Mit Standing Ovations feierte ihn das Final-Publikum in der gestrigen Show und auch die Jury hielt nicht mit Lob zurück: „Lob für Lob“ von Stefan Raab, Thomas D. und Frida Gold-Sängerin Alina Süggeler für alle drei Stücke.

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    news-65 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:35:00 +0100 Kuraray at PAINTINDIA 2012 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-auf-der-paintindia-2012/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=26dbafe7b583527fba4914e29d7d1053 Kuraray will have its products on display at the PAINTINDIA 2012 fair (23 - 25 February 2012) in Mumbai, India.  

    Kuraray, the world’s leading manufacturer of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) resin (Kuraray Poval®, Mowiol®) and technical polyvinyl butyral (PVB) resin (Mowital®, Pioloform®), will have its products on display at the PAINTINDIA 2012 fair (23 - 25 February, 2012), in Mumbai, India. Kuraray offers a comprehensive product line of PVA/PVB including a complete range of PVB resins that are designed for coatings, printing inks, thermoplastic processing, ceramics, etc. Kuraray also presents PIOLOFORM BL 16. This product represents the first commercially available member of a new class of mixed acetals from Kuraray.

    Please visit our booth in hall No.1 / D-22A

    Contact:
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Business Unit PVB
    Head of Marketing & Sales
    Heiko Mack
    Tel.: +49 69 305 85343
    Mail: Heiko.Mack(at)Kuraray.eu 

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    news-64 Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:25:00 +0100 Roman Lob im Finale - jetzt wird's ernst! https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/roman-lob-im-finale-jetzt-wirds-ernst/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=bbbd1059eaf22b19270fd074ca150453 Alle TROSIFOL/Kuraray Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter drücken Roman die Daumen im morgigen Finale.  

    Alle TROSIFOL/Kuraray Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter drücken Roman die Daumen im morgigen Finale. Er hat es bis hier geschafft und wir sind zuversichtlich, dass er weiterkommt. Wer der gleichen Meinung ist, ruft morgen für ihn an.
    Wir unterstützen ihn nach besten Kräften, sehen Sie selbst:


    Video für Mobiltelefone
    Video in hoher Auflösung (QuickTime)
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    Alle Kuraray/TROSIFOL Mitarbeiter drücken die Daumen:

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rhTnqssATI

     


    "Unser Star für Baku", Donnerstag, 16.02.2012: FINALE (20:15 Uhr, Das Erste)

     

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    news-62 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 14:40:00 +0100 Our star from Kuraray https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/unser-star-von-kuraray/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=b2e425b43b6b25bc555c89f42183ba51 Millions of viewers are currently wild about Kuraray employee Roman Lob in the casting show “Unser Star für Baku”.  

    For all those who haven’t heard the news, Roman Lob, TROSIFOL industrial mechanic, is the big favourite for the Eurovision Song Contest, having sung his way into the hearts of millions of viewers. We’re very confident that he’ll make it to the final and maybe even further.

    Over 40 friends and workmates from TROSIFOL will be watching him perform live on Thursday, 9 February at 8:15 pm on ARD and keeping their fingers crossed.


    The last 3 shows will be taking place on the following dates:


    Thursday, 09.02.2012: Quarter-final (8:15 pm, Das Erste)
    
Monday, 13.02.2012: Semi-final (8:15 pm, ProSieben) 

    Thursday, 16.02.2012: FINAL (8:15 pm, Das Erste)

     

    >> And what do his workmates say? Listen to a recording of a radio interview broadcast on SWR on 9 February.
 

     

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    news-60 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:11:00 +0100 Kuraray Europe GmbH establishes subsidiary in France https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-gruendet-tochtergesellschaft-in-frankreich/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=2b498298e60989a0cc47c1641aaa002b At the end of 2011 Kuraray Europe GmbH established a new wholly owned subsidiary in France.  

    At the end of 2011 Kuraray Europe GmbH established a new wholly owned subsidiary in France: Kuraray Europe France S.A.R.L. The new company is based in Antony, suburb of Paris. "We have set up this new company to drive forward growth in Europe," explained Werner Flach, Head of Finance and Administration and member of the Management Committee of Kuraray Europe GmbH to mark the opening of the new subsidiary on January 17, 2012. "France is an important market for us and we intend to step up customer service in this country through our new subsidiary." Initially, the business activities of Kuraray Europe France S.A.R.L. will focus on the dental business. Further product lines will be added as Kuraray expands its European business. The team of the new company starts with Managing Director Daniel Kinderf and Marketing and Sales Manager Valerie Salavin and will be expanded gradually in the coming months.
     
    Address of the new subsidiary:
    Kuraray Europe France S.A.R.L.
    3, Avenue de la Division Leclerc
    92160 Antony
    France
    Tel: +33 (1) 56 45 12 51
    Fax: +33 (1) 56 45 12 90


    From left: Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director Kuraray Europe GmbH,
    Daniel Kinderf, Managing Director Kuraray Europe France S.A.R.L. and
    Yasuhiro Yamamoto, President of the Chemicals Company,
    opening a traditional sake barrel.


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    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,500 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.2 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

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    news-58 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 10:33:00 +0100 Kuraray Europe GmbH celebrates its tenth anniversary in Frankfurt - A speciality chemicals producer driving forward growth https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-feiert-zehnjaehriges-jubilaeum-in-frankfurt-spezialchemiehersteller-setzt-wachs/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=10c0eca0895494eaaf665517da4890f2 Kuraray Europe GmbH celebrates its tenth anniversary in Frankfurt - A speciality chemicals producer driving forward growth  

    Kuraray Europe GmbH is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its acquisition of the polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polyvinyl butyral (PVB) business from Clariant at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Today, Kuraray is the leading European producer of PVA (Mowiol®, Poval®), PVB (Mowital®, Pioloform®) and PVB films (TROSIFOL®). Its products are used in many areas of daily life. TROSIFOL films are marketed worldwide for laminated safety glass for buildings, vehicles and solar installations. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products.

    Over the past ten years, Kuraray has invested steadily in its European operations and the expansion of production capacity. At the end of 2004 the company took over the TROSIFOL film business from HT Troplast in Troisdorf. In 2007 it acquired the man-made leather business of amaretta GmbH in Aßlar and in 2008 it took over the PVB business of Wacker Polymer Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Munich.

    "Since 2002 we have raised sales significantly from around EUR 140 million to roughly EUR 470 million," Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH, told some 350 employees and guests at the anniversary celebrations on January 20, 2012. Over the same period, the workforce has increased from 240 to 650. "We will continue to grow and invest in the future,"
    he said. "Kuraray Europe GmbH aims to grow sales to EUR 650 million by 2018 and will remain the largest foreign subsidiary of the Kuraray Group.”

    Mowiol production in Höchst Industrial Park is currently being expanded. Construction of a sixth production line will increase capacity from 70,000 tonnes p.a. at present to 94,000 tonnes p.a. by 2013. At the same time, process improvements will greatly improve the energy efficiency of production. Total investment will be EUR 58 million.



    Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of
    Kuraray Europe GmbH,
    during the anniversary celebration.


    Among the 350 guests attending the celebration on January 20
    were many executives of Kuraray Japan including Yasuaki Wakui,
    Representative Director and Chairman of the
    Kuraray Group and his wife (center).

     

    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,500 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.2 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

     

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    news-56 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:00:00 +0100 Kuraray Europe presents its new website https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/mit-neuem-auftritt-ins-world-wide-web/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=a76256b5e2107dccfdebe7f0d52e26eb Kuraray Europe GmbH, which is based in Höchst Industrial Park in Germany, has completely redesigned its website.  

    From December 21, 2011 visitors to www.kuraray.eu will find a new-look insight into the world of Kuraray with new content, emotive images, a modern layout, a clear navigation structure and a wealth of information about the company and its products.

    Changing start pages draw attention to the company's contribution to society and to improving the quality of life. The wide product offering from this speciality chemicals company is showcased in "Products & Markets", which provides a clear overview of Kuraray's 50 most important product ranges in Europe, grouped by product name, product groups and the industries where they are used. The new website includes general information on the company, careers pages with details of vacancies and vocational training opportunities, and a special media section where the latest press releases, brochures and photos can be downloaded.

    "Our new website is targeted at customers, potential employees and everyone who is interested in our company," explains Karl-Heinz Michel, Head of Corporate Communication at Kuraray Europe GmbH. "Our goal is to present Kuraray Europe as a responsible, performance-oriented company with a good deal to offer, not just as a supplier but also as an employer and a corporate citizen."

    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,500 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.2 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.


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    news-53 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:30:00 +0100 The new BLACK & WHITE colour segment creates lively contrasts in laminated safety glass. https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/neues-farbsegment-black-white-schafft-lebendige-kontraste-im-verbundsicherheitsglas/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6d4084f5983c02624e07fbd8084a2276 TROSIFOL puts an end to “grey” in the PVB film sector  

    As 2011 draws to a close, TROSIFOL is launching BLACK & WHITE, a new design-inspiring product line.
    This product range of the Kuraray subsidiary is based on two new PVB films, Brilliant Black and Diamond White, in a thickness of 0.76 mm. These are being supplemented by a further three white design films in different shades and with different degrees of opacity. By introducing this new segment, the Troisdorf film specialist is broadening its target group and also appealing to architects, planners and interior designers.
    Functionally, the five films are mutually complementary and open up new scope for design. According to the manufacturer, Brilliant Black, displaying total opacity, promises a depth of colour unknown on the market. Even rear light sources are completely obscured. “Such a deep black is absolutely unique in the marketplace,” claims Marketing Manager Steffen Weber. The multi-faceted series of whites is now being supplemented by the newly developed, top-of-the-range Diamond White. Absolute opacity and a highly aesthetic colour impact are the hallmarks of Diamond White.
     
    Specifically for back lighting, there are Shining White with 10 per cent light transmittance and White Translucent with 55 per cent – ideal for a screening effect coupled with translucence. The finely balanced product line is rounded off by Sand White, an elegantly semitransparent colour composition with 70 per cent transmittance and outstanding light scattering, as the manufacturer points out.

    TROSIFOL stresses that the new products also come with the familiar and proven features, such as outstanding edge stability, high mechanical strength, exceptional durability and suitability for applications indoors and outdoors.


    You will find assiciated images below. Please take into considertaion:
    Concerning the images "BlackAWhite_Startillu_TROSIFOL_PI.jpg", "Boutique_TROSIFOL_PI.jpg" and "Empfang_TROSIFOL_PI.jpg", please bear in mind that publication is only (exclusively) permitted in connection with reporting on the BLACK&WHITE campaign of Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL. Any other use is prohibited.

    All other images and copy may be reprinted free of charge – voucher requested.

    Image sources: TROSIFOL, Bettina Koch


     

     

     

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    Press contact:
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL
    Mülheimer Straße 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail trosifol(at)kuraray.eu

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    news-8 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 12:41:00 +0100 KEG raises prices for its Polyvinyl alcohol products (“PVA” - “PVOH”) in Europe, Africa and Middle East https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/keg-erhoeht-preise-fur-polyvinylalkohol-produkte-pva-pvoh-in-europa-afrika-und-mittlerer-os/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8a10eac6fd1173fa91a8b512bfb971a1 Effective April 01st. 2010, or as contract terms allow, KEG will be increasing its sales prices for Polyvinyl alcohol products in Europe, Africa and Middle East by 150 Euro per metric ton. Polyvinyl alcohol products and its specialities are market by Kuraray under the brand names Mowiol®, Mowiflex®, ®Kuraray Poval and ™Exceval.

    The price adjustments are related to the recent increases of raw material costs and significant rise in energy- and logistic costs.

    This increase affects the Polyvinyl alcohol business of KEG into all industries and applications, that are –among others – adhesives, paper coatings, emulsion polymerisation, plastic production / –processing, textiles and ceramics, nonwovens, glass fibers, building products and paints and coatings.

    KEG is the European organization of Kuraray that accounts responsible for Kuraray’s business of Polyvinyl alcohol in the region Europe, Africa and some selected markets within Middle East. This inevitable priceadjustment is part of a global initiative of Kuraray.

    For more details, customers are asked to contact your known KEG representatives.


    Kuraray Europe GmbH (www.kuraray-pva-pvb.de or www.kuraray.eu) is leading producer and supplier of Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), Polyvinyl butyral (PVB) und PVB-Films in Europe. The company is based in Frankfurt – Main, Germany. Here – in the Industrial park Höchst – KEG also operates the production units for Polyvinyl alcohol (Mowiol) and Polyvinyl butyral (Mowital). The production of PVB-Films (Trosifol) is located in Troisdorf near Cologne. The products are used in the paper- and adhesives industry, for the production to technical ceramics, paint and coatings as well as raw material for safety laminated glass. In Germany, Kuraray Europe GmbH employs 480 people of what 280 are based in Industrial park Höchst.

    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese KURARAY CO. LTD. headquartered in Tokyo. Next to chemical specialities and polymers, Kuraray produces fibres, high performance materials and medical products. In the production of the water-soluble polymer Polyvinyl alcohol Kuraray is world market leader. Kuraray employs about 7000 people worldwide.

     

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    news-25 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:44:00 +0100 Kuraray Europe GmbH is platinum sponsor of JAPAN WEEK 2011 in Frankfurt https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-unterstuetzt-als-platinsponsor-die-japan-week-2011-in-frankfurt/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4be48f4f0a0c1b428e83d7036578a7da Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is the platinum sponsor of JAPAN WEEK 2011in Frankfurt, Germany (www.JapanWeek2011.de).  

    JAPAN WEEK will be held from November 5-12, 2011 and is one of the highlights of the celebrations to mark 150 years of friendship between Germany and Japan. More than a thousand Japanese will be presenting the cultural, artistic and culinary traditions of their country - from bon dancing to sword-fighting and calligraphy to contemporary art.

    Intercultural exchange is part of daily working life at KEG. Based at Frankfurt-Höchst Industrial Park, this European subsidiary of Japanese speciality chemicals producer Kuraray has two managing directors: Dr. Matthias Gutweiler of Germany and Masuo Oba from Japan. In addition, more than 20 Japanese colleagues from the group’s headquarters in Japan work in various functions in Germany. The importance of JAPAN WEEK for the company is shown by the fact that the company’s president, Fumio Ito, and a management delegation from Japan will be travelling to Frankfurt for the event. “By supporting Japan Week, we aim to make a contribution to the cultural life of Frankfurt and further strengthen German-Japanese relations and understanding both within our company and outside,” explains Masuo Oba.

      
    Dr. Matthias Gutweiler (left) and Masuo Oba, managing directors of Kuraray Europe GmbH.

    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,500 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3.2 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 650 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

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    news-44 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:43:00 +0200 Presenting innovative solutions for plastic processing https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/innovative-loesungen-fuer-die-kunststoff-verarbeitung/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=093794ddf6a625209faac415e937efde  

    Kuraray, a leading supplier of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), will be present at FAKUMA 2011 from October 18 to 22 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. The company will exhibit its comprehensive TPE portfolio in hall A4, booth no. A4-4304 together with its long-time distributor Marubeni. Kuraray’s product range includes the well-established TPE brands SEPTON™ and HYBRAR™ and liquid rubber (LIR/LBR). The exhibit will also include the latest innovations, which open up new horizons in plastic processing.

    KURARITY™
    A new soft acrylic polar TPE with high transparency. When its new production facility in Niigata, Japan, comes on stream in November 2011, Kuraray will be the world’s first supplier of this new cutting-edge material.

    KURAMIRON™
    A new highly durable, gel-free thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPU) specifically for films.

    TP-301
    As a trans polyisoprene, this product is used as synthetic gutta percha for medical splints and in hotmelt applications.

    SEPTON™ Q
    A series of products that combine exceptional durability and scratch resistance with easy processing, a soft touch and lightweight characteristics. Their first commercial application was in soccer shoes.

    SEPTON™ J
    A new series of hydrogenated styrenic TPEs specifically designed to boost flexibility and softness. They are suitable for products requiring soft gels, including bandages and footwear insoles.

    SEPTON™ K
    A newly designed material that can be directly injection-moulded or extruded onto glass or metal without pretreatment. SEPTONTM K combines excellent bondability with the advantages of a thermoplastic elastomer.

    Liquid rubber
    Kuraray markets high-viscosity polymeric liquid rubber based on isoprene (LIR) and butadiene (LBR). LIR/LBR are mainly used as reactive plasticisers in the rubber industry. LIR/LBR rubber is covulcanizible, which prevents migration. They are also available as functionalised grades which bond to a wide variety of matrices and, in particular, improve rubber-metal bonding.


    KURARITY™ is a new soft acrylic polar thermoplastic elastomer with high transparency used for example for re-writable films. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    SEPTON™ Q is the material of choice for durable and light-weight sport shoes.

     

     

     

     

     

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    news-13 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:31:00 +0200 The PVB pioneer in photovoltaics presents its new UV+ https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/der-pvb-pionier-in-der-photovoltaik-praesentiert-neuheit-uv/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=8b37183e206236f5a3a7c14e5139dcaf TROSIFOL is exhibiting at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (PV SEC) in Hamburg  

    At this year’s 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg, TROSIFOL, a division of Kuraray Europe GmbH, will be presenting its complete range of PVB encapsulation films for photovoltaic modules with the spotlight on its new TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+. This is a pioneering development of a new PVB film with a modified formulation. This highly transparent film with outstanding UV transmittance achieves even more efficient energy yield in PV modules.
    In addition, thermoplastic (and hence non-curing) plastic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) displays excellent and long-lasting adhesion. The film shows exceptional resistance to heat, UV radiation and other environmental influences.
    TROSIFOL SOLAR UV+ is highly compatible with other module components, can be stored for up to four years and displays reproducible behaviour in all conventional lamination processes.
    The film is available in thicknesses of 0.50 and 0.76 mm in roll lengths of 370 (for 0.50 mm) and 250 metres (for 0.76 mm), each with a polyethylene interleaf. Customized film thicknesses are available on request. Further technical details can be found in the current product brochure.

    BIPV with TROSIFOL SOLAR
    TROSIFOL continues to be active in the growth market of Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV).
    BIPV means the generation of solar electricity with modules integrated in buildings, e.g. in facades, roofs, solar protection or other integral elements of a building structure. Encapsulation materials of transparent plastic make an important contribution here to the durability of photovoltaic modules and long-term power generation. In the last few years, PVB has become established as the alternative to the widely used EVA.
    Under the “TROSIFOL SOLAR” brand name, Kuraray Europe GmbH was the first manufacturer worldwide to develop a special PVB film for use in solar modules. Solar modules containing TROSIFOL PVB films have been successfully undergoing outdoor weathering tests on module test stands, e.g. at the Berlin Photovoltaic Institute and the Fraunhofer ISE Institute, since the beginning of the Eighties.

    PVB has excellent optical properties, modifiable adhesion to glass, high impact resistance and outstanding UV, temperature and weather resistance. Employed as the encapsulation material in glass/glass modules – both thin-film and crystalline – TROSIFOL SOLAR R40 PVB films impress with their exemplary transparency, very good electrical properties, broad compatibility with different module types and straightforward processing in all conventional lamination processes.

    In addition, TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB films display the whole range of characteristics familiar from the production of laminated safety glass, such as outstanding mechanical strength.
    TROSIFOL SOLAR R40 films are certified to IEC 61646:2008 and IEC 61730 by TÜV Rheinland, UL-registered in Certificate No. E330225 and are produced to the specifications of Environmental Management System ISO 14001:2004.

    Further advantages of TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB film at a glance:

    • PVB storable for up to 4 years until use
    • High resistance to impressions and no edge flow and hence no contamination of the modules in the lamination process
    • Reproducible lamination process (PVB does not cure)
    • Suitable for use in other, more cost-effective lamination processes in addition to vacuum lamination
    • Proven long-term UV and temperature resistance (familiar for decades from PVB’s use in laminated safety glass)
    • Combination with noise-reducing or coloured films possible for the satisfaction of aesthetic or functional needs

    We look forward to seeing you at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg: Hall B6, Stand B6/A39.

     

    You can find images of TROSIFOL SOLAR applications here (captions/photographers are implemented in the IPTC data):
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100540

     

    Photo Capture TROSIFOL at "26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition" in Hamburg

    26th PV SEC - Information for Visitors

     

    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Straße 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-Mail trosifol@kuraray.eu

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    news-14 Sun, 04 Sep 2011 14:26:00 +0200 TROSIFOL SOLAR UL obtains registration https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-solar-ul-registriert/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=4ed10d53827d40c0b0c88ac6325b1887 Having obtained UL registration in February 2011, transparent TROSIFOL SOLAR R40 PVB films in thicknesses ranging from 0.38 to 1.14 mm can now be seen listed in the world-famous UL Certifications Directory (http://database.ul.com/cgi-bin/XYV/template/LISEXT/1FRAME/index.htm).
    Far from being a one-off materials test, UL registration is repeated by the UL laboratory at regular intervals. In these audits, the material tested always has to demonstrate its properties anew.
    Tests are performed in the category UL 1703 (module certification), which is an important precondition for the manufacture and sale of PV modules in the USA. Electrical and electronic equipment in the USA has to satisfy the demands of the US National Electrical Code (NEC) along with supplementary requirements of certain American states and even cities. Serving as a kind of higher-order public authority, UL (Underwriters Laboratories) enjoys an excellent reputation among inspectors and customers. Products are not approved by UL, but tested. Products, components, materials, systems and even organizations are tested for conformity to defined standards. UL distinguishes between certifications of finished products, such as PV modules, and registrations (“recognitions”) of individual components, such as solar module encapsulation materials.
    This means that Kuraray has taken a big step on the road to opening up new markets for TROSIFOL and passed an important milestone for activities on the North American PV market.

    We look forward to seeing you at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg:
    Hall B6, Stand B6/A39.

     

    You can find images of TROSIFOL SOLAR applications here (captions/photographers are implemented in the IPTC data):
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100540

     

    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Straße 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 201
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-Mail trosifol@kuraray.eu


    TROSIFOL® is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are mainly used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing; special TROSIFOL films are used to encapsulate solar cells with long-term durability in the photovoltaic industry. In 2004, TROSIFOL® was the first manufacturer worldwide to develop a special product line for PV applications based on polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Since then, module manufacturers have had a choice between module production in vacuum laminator or in the process with vacuum deairing and subsequent lamination in autoclaves.
    Therefore, all major companies of the glass and the photovoltaic industry are part of TROSIFOL’s customer base.
    The background material for all TROSIFOL films is Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) that has been used as an interlayer in laminated safety glass since the middle of the thirties of the 20. Century. The experience gained from the processing of this material since 1953, thanks to ongoing research and development, is one of the main reasons for technical leadership of TROSIFOL as a manufacturer of films for structural glazing and TROSIFOL’s worldwide success.
    TROSIFOL operates its headquarters in Troisdorf, near Cologne (Germany) and an additional plant in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia, both certified to ISO/TS 16949 and DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 standards. There are marketing subsidiaries in the United States, Malaysia, India, China and Ukraine.
    Today TROSIFOL is a Division of Japan based chemical group Kuraray Co. Ltd (Tokyo) which is the world’s leading producer of polyvinyl alcohols (PVA), one of the initial products for polyvinyl butyral resins and raw material for TROSIFOL PVB film.
    Founded in 1926, the Kuraray Group with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is the world’s biggest producer of water-soluble synthetic polyvinyl alcohols. In Europe, operating business, sales and production of chemical specialties are handled by EVAL Europe in Antwerp, Belgium and Kuraray Europe GmbH in Frankfurt (Germany). PVA is e.g. a crucial chemical product for the production of paper, textiles as well as for paints, printing inks, adhesives and ceramics.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated management system that satisfies the requirements of a quality management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2005 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001:2007. This is externally monitored by annual certification.


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    news-15 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:27:00 +0200 TROSIFOL improves acoustic film furhter: SC+ https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-verbessert-akustikfolie-weiter-jetzt-sc/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=852bcc5364e941ecf03448a3261535c3 Decisive plus for greater efficiency and less noise Sound insulation with TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL (SC) is now better than ever before. Back at glasstec 2010 in Düsseldorf, the TROSIFOL Division of the Japanese Kuraray Europe GmbH presented a totally newly developed sound protection film, the new “SC+”, which significantly enhances the efficiency of the commercial-scale production of acoustic laminated safety glass (LSG).As recently confirmed by several notified test bodies accredited Europe-wide, laminated safety glass manufactured with SC+ and suitable ISO glazing achieves sound insulation values of over 50 dB, depending on its composition.

    The improved efficiency of the new multi-layer TROSIFOL SC+ PVB film will particularly benefit high-performance processers specializing in jumbo widths. TROSIFOL SC+ is a multilayer-film comprising a soft sound reducing core-layer and outer layers based on the well-known TROSIFOL BG-type. Thus the film has been developed specifically for efficient processing and therefore demonstrates its big advantages especially in this field. Combinations with white translucent, coloured or colourless TROSIFOL PVB films are easily possible. The new SC+ film thus extends the existing TROSIFOL sound protection range to include a productivity-boosting variant without compromising on the accustomed outstanding optical properties of clarity, transparency and light stability.

    It goes without saying that the outstanding sound insulation values combined with the familiar safety characteristics are retained by the film’s new multi-layer composition. In composition 44.2, laminated safety glass satisfies safety class P2A in conformity with EN 356 and class 1B1 in conformity with EN 12600. Test certificates from MPA Darmstadt can be furnished on request.

    These attributes enable glass processers to produce LSG with outstanding acoustic and safety characteristics. In terms of processing, the new film is identical to the proven TROSIFOL BG range of architectural films.

    TROSIFOL SC+ is available in a roll width of 3.21 m and roll lengths of 230 and 470 metres as a cooled film. It is 0.76 millimetres thick.

     


    Press contact:   
    Steffen Weber, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Straße 26, 53840 Troisdorf
    Phone: +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555-201
    Fax: +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555-299
    E-Mail: trosifol@kuraray.eu

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    news-16 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 14:29:00 +0200 TROSIFOL is an exhibitor at PV SEC 2011 in Hamburg https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-ist-aussteller-auf-der-pv-sec-2011-in-hamburg/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=aa26718c9ca1a87f1bc53774e87152a1 For five days, the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg will again be host to the international solar industry. In even more exhibition space than in 2009, over 950 exhibitors will be presenting the latest developments in photovoltaics with exhibits and in scientific and technical talks.

    Among other things, TROSIFOL will be presenting its new, pioneering PVB film UV+, a highly transparent film in the UV range for even more efficient energy yield in PV modules.

    Distinctive of all TROSIFOL PVB films for photovoltaic (PV) applications is their outstanding transparency in conjunction with properties supplementary to their main application, that of photovoltaics. The user thus enjoys the advantages of PVB familiar from the production of laminated safety glass thrown into the bargain: high resistance to damage, proven long-term strength and stability and varied applications with different module sizes. What’s more, TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB films are compatible with all standard lamination processes.We look forward to seeing you at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg.Hall B6 / Stand No. B6/A39

     

    Press contact:   
    Jörg Theesfeld, Head of Sales, Marketing & Technical Service

    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL
    
Mülheimer Straße 26
    53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 200
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-Mail trosifol@kuraray.eu

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    news-46 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:49:00 +0200 Kuraray Europe GmbH kommt nach Hattersheim https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-europe-gmbh-kommt-nach-hattersheim/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=e0953db69be92cb1bc41101726642227 Hattersheim am Main wird Europa-Sitz der Kuraray Europe GmbH. Bürgermeisterin Antje Köster und Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Geschäfts-führer der Kuraray Europe GmbH, informierten darüber am Dienstag in einem gemeinsamen Pressegespräch.

    „Das ist eine sehr gute Nachricht für unsere Stadt“, freute sich die Hattersheimer Bürgermeisterin und erklärte: „Wenn ein renommiertes Unternehmen, wie Kuraray seinen Europa-Sitz nach Hattersheim verlegt, zeigt dies, dass wir in der Konkurrenz der Städte in der Rhein-Main-Region als attraktiver Wirtschaftsstandort Anerkennung finden.“   

    Das weltweit tätige japanische Unternehmen der Spezialchemie wird im Frühjahr 2012 mit seiner Europa-Zentrale vom Industriepark Höchst in den Hattersheimer Innovationspark wechseln. 120 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter werden auf zwei Etagen gut 4.000 Quadratmeter des Bürogebäudes an der Philipp-Reis-Straße 4 beziehen. Während Geschäftsführung, Verwaltung, Marketing und Vertrieb nach Hattersheim verlagert werden, bleiben Produktion und Forschung im Industriepark Höchst.

    "Der Umzug nach Hattersheim ist für uns ein wichtiger Schritt zur Weiterentwicklung der Kuraray in Europa. In dem modernen Gebäude haben wir ausreichend Platz und können die interne Kommunikation und Zusammenarbeit verbessern“, sagte Geschäftsführer Gutweiler.

    Das zukünftige Domizil des Unternehmens war im Jahr 2005 als zweites Bürohaus nach der Eröffnung des Innovationsparks Hattersheim 2003 entstanden. Drei Jahre zuvor war als erstes Unternehmen die Spedition Interdean in den Südwesten von Hattersheim gezogen. Noch in diesem Jahr will die Firma Poly-clip System ihr neues Fabrikgebäude an der Phillip-Reis-Straße in Betrieb nehmen.  

    Unternehmen und Stadt wollen zukünftig gute Beziehungen pflegen: „Wir verstehen uns als Teil der Gesellschaft und wollen am Leben der Stadt teilhaben“, kündigte Gutweiler an. Und Köster ergänzte: „Wir wollen dafür sorgen, dass sich die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter der Kuraray in unserer Stadt wohlfühlen.“

     

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    news-17 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 14:32:00 +0200 Kuraray shows TROSIFOL at the 5th PV Power Expo in Shanghai https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-zeigt-trosifol-auf-der-5-pv-power-expo-in-schanghai/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=557879902266d38da2057c1559a1a54b hanks to fruitful cooperation with its branches in Asia, Kuraray has been heartened by the success of its participation in the 5th PV Power Expo in Shanghai. This is, after all, the biggest photovoltaic fair in the Asian region. In over 13 halls with a total of about 150,000 square metres, 1,838 companies exhibited their products – a record turn-out!

    TROSIFOL presented its new product UV+, a new UV-transparent PVB film for crystalline cells that is capable of boosting efficiency by 1 to 3 per cent, depending on cell type. The TROSIFOL PVB film also protects the embedded cells, one of the outstanding product characteristics that TROSIFOL films have been demonstrating for decades in laminated safety glass. Based on TROSIFOL SOLAR R40 for glass-glass modules, which is already well established on the market, UV+ will be available in the second half of 2011/beginning of 2012.

    TROSIFOL also presented its SOLAR ULTRA WHITE R40, a reflexion film for the rear glass which is already familiar in Europe. Thanks to the optimal combination of various measures (optimized sequence of layers), it is possible to increase the efficiency of solar cells by up to 2 per cent. What makes this possible is a new PVB film that contains white pigments with a particularly high degree of gloss. Most of the light penetrating through a solar cell is reflected by the white film onto the solar cell so that it can be converted into electrical power. Compared to the reflective layers used on the rear glass to date, the process with the new white film is less expensive and more efficient.

    A relatively new technology is that of semi-transparent PV modules with TROSIFOL PVB films. Multifunctional BIPV facades with semi-transparent PV modules produce energy while shading the building interior at the same time. Economic exploitation of the façade and comfort in the building interior thus enter into a symbiosis. It goes without saying that façade safety remains unaffected by the PVB film covering.

    As an aside, TROSIFOL drew attention to another point less well known in the Asian region. Although EVA is often known in Asia as the “grandfather” of PV module encapsulation, AEG was using PVB films from TROSIFOL for the production of PV modules back in 1982. Some of these modules are still undergoing realistic long-time testing on the roof of the Photovoltaic Institute in Berlin. Over and above this, PVB has been demonstrating its outdoor qualities since the 1940s.

    The majority of the exhibitors at the fully booked trade fair were Chinese, who mainly showed c-SI modules. Also strongly represented were thin-film producers and PV system constructors.

    The Chinese testing and certification organizations attempting to meet international standards with their own equipment and systems formed a segment in their own right. The offering was rounded off by Chinese manufacturers of glass-working machines and glass-processing companies.

     

    Press-Contact:

    Jörg Theesfeld, Head of Sales & Marketing & Technical Service
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Straße 26, 53840 Troisdorf
    Telefon: +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555-202
    Fax: +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555-299
    E-Mail: trosifol@kuraray.eu

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    news-42 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 15:19:00 +0200 Masuo Oba succeeds Keiji Taga as Managing Director of Kuraray Europe GmbH in Frankfurt https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/masuo-oba-wird-nachfolger-von-keiji-taga-als-geschaeftsfuehrer-der-kuraray-europe-gmbh-in-frankfurt/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=01907a409a124250f154afe978e1ec70 There has been a change in the management of Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Masuo Oba, currently Head of Business Planning for the Poval Division at Kuraray Co., Ltd. in Tokyo has been appointed co-managing director of KEG and Head of the Trading Division effective April 2011.
    He succeeds Keiji Taga, who is taking on a new post at Kuraray’s site in Osaka.

    "We would like to thank Keiji Taga for his successful work for KEG and wish him all the best in his new function. We are convinced that his experience will increase collaboration between the companies in Europe and Japan," says Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, Managing Director of KEG. Keiji Taga held a variety of posts during his time at Kuraray in Europe. From 2003 until 2007 he was Managing Director of amaretta GmbH in Aßlar. Following the merger of this company with Kuraray Europe GmbH and the relocation to Frankfurt, he was appointed head of the newly created Clarino/amaretta Business Unit. He became Managing Director of KEG on April 1, 2008 and also took over as Head of the Trading Division.

    His successor, Masuo Oba, has held a variety of managerial posts in the Kuraray Group since 1984 and worked in the USA for four years. From October 2007 until March 2010 he was Head of Planning & Administration of the Specialty Resin and Film company at Kuraray Co., Ltd. in Tokyo. In April 2010 he was placed in charge of the Business Planning department in the Poval Resin Division in Tokyo. He is therefore already familiar with KEG’s structures, business activities and strategic focus.

    "We extend a warm welcome to Masuo Oba and wish him every success in his new function,” says Dr. Gutweiler. "We are sure that his extensive international experience will help drive forward our growth course in Europe.”

     

    Keiji Taga, Managing Director of KEG and Head of the Trading Division is returning to Japan in April 2011.

     

     

     

     


    Masuo Oba takes over from Keji Taga as Managing Director of KEG and Head of the Trading Division effective April 2011.

     

     

     

     

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    news-18 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:34:00 +0100 Kuraray to expand production of polyvinyl alcohol in Frankfurt https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erweitert-produktion-von-polyvinylalkohol-am-standort-frankfurt-1/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=61ebbc95f6affea3ca76893eaf5148e7 Kuraray is increasing production capacity for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) at its subsidiary Kuraray Europe GmbH in the Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt, Germany. Construction of a sixth production line will raise capacity from 70,000 tonnes p.a. to 94,000 tonnes p.a. by 2013. At the same time, the company intends to raise the energy efficiency of production considerably by optimising process technology. Total investment will be EUR 58 million.

    The aim of this investment is to participate in growth in the European PVA market and meet rising demand for PVA and polyvinyl butyral (PVB) which is produced from it. Kuraray is Europe’s leading producer of PVA (Mowiol®) and PVB (Mowital® / Pioloform®). These products are used in many areas of daily life: in the manufacture of paper, textiles, packaging, printing inks, paints, adhesives, water-soluble films and ceramics. Another key area of application is PVB films, which Kuraray produces at its site in Troisdorf, Germany, and markets as TROSIFOL® for laminated safety glass for vehicles, buildings and solar installations. Kuraray expects clear growth in this business especially for PVB films.

     

    Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, managing director of Kuraray Europe GmbH and head of the PVA/PVB division, stresses the importance of this investment: “The investment is a key milestone in the ongoing development of our company. It will protect jobs, strengthen our position in the value chain and speed up our growth in Europe.”

     

     

    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,600 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 600 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon filters, thermoplastic elastomers, manmade fibres, artificial leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

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    news-6 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:52:00 +0100 Kuraray to expand production of polyvinyl alcohol in Frankfurt https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-erweitert-produktion-von-polyvinylalkohol-am-standort-frankfurt/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=1a44061a09467a61eab8f103f661c4d2
    Kuraray is increasing production capacity for polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) at its subsidiary Kuraray Europe GmbH in the Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt, Germany. Construction of a sixth production line will raise capacity from 70,000 tonnes p.a. to 94,000 tonnes p.a. by 2013. At the same time, the company intends to raise the energy efficiency of production considerably by optimising process technology. Total investment will be EUR 58 million.

    The aim of this investment is to participate in growth in the European PVA market and meet rising demand for PVA and polyvinyl butyral (PVB) which is produced from it. Kuraray is Europe’s leading producer of PVA (Mowiol®) and PVB (Mowital® / Pioloform®). These products are used in many areas of daily life: in the manufacture of paper, textiles, packaging, printing inks, paints, adhesives, water-soluble films and ceramics. Another key area of application is PVB films, which Kuraray produces at its site in Troisdorf, Germany, and markets as TROSIFOL® for laminated safety glass for vehicles, buildings and solar installations. Kuraray expects clear growth in this business especially for PVB films.


    Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, managing director of Kuraray Europe GmbH and head of the PVA/PVB division, stresses the importance of this investment: “The investment is a key milestone in the ongoing development of our company. It will protect jobs, strengthen our position in the value chain and speed up our growth in Europe.”

     

     

     

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    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of the global speciality chemical company Kuraray Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kuraray was founded in 1926 and now has around 6,600 employees and annual sales of about EUR 3 billion. It 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. Kuraray Europe GmbH is based at Höchst Industrial Park in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and has around 600 employees. It is the leading European producer of PVA, PVB and PVB films. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon filters, thermoplastic elastomers, manmade fibres, artificial leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.

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    news-7 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:00:00 +0100 New PIOLOFORM® (PVB) Grade available https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/new-pioloformR-pvb-grade-available/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=c36c141dd0d2229bf10eb5ccea12321a Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is pleased to announce another new PVB grade (®PIOLOFORM BL 16) for the market, further enhancing our comprehensive PVB product range: ®PIOLOFORM BL 16 ®PIOLOFORM BL 16 represents the first commercially available member of a new class of mixed acetals from Kuraray. ®PIOLOFORM BL 16 was formerly produced by Wacker under the same trade name. ®PIOLOFORM BL 16 is now produced by Kuraray based on Wackers original recipe at the Kuraray PVB manufacturing site in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Recommended Uses Binder for printing inks, pigment preparations, pigment chips, binder for coatings (adhesion promotion, corrosion protection primers, powder coatings).

    Contact:
    Heiko Mack
    Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Business Unit PVB
    Head of Marketing & Sales
    Tel.: +49 69 305 85343
    Mail: Heiko.Mack@kuraray.eu

     

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    news-19 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 14:35:00 +0200 Spirit of Optimism at glasstec 2010 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/aufbruchstimmung-zur-glasstec-2010/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=38f10b119327877f7bdc7f87ff00b124 Successful solarpeq Trade Fair Debut After difficult economic times a spirit of optimism is now once again prevailing in the glass sector. This was made clear by the 1,274 exhibitors to glasstec, the world’s most important glass trade fair, and solarpeq, the new trade fair for solar production technology. A total of roughly 45,000 trade visitors attended the closely dovetailed events. Of these over one third also stated interest in the range at solarpeq. 

Exhibiting firms reported holding many good discussions with high-ranking visitors and anticipate lucrative post-fair business. These included many international contacts. This is also reflected in the findings of the glasstec and solarpeq visitor questionnaires: well over half the visitors travelling to Düsseldorf came from abroad. A significant rise was posted amongst trade visitors from North and, in particular, South America. Almost one in two visitors came with the intention of placing specific orders or had already done so. 

Martin Gutmann, President of glasstec 2010 and Federal Guild Master, confirms a very good mood amongst exhibitors: “We ourselves noticed this at our stand in the skilled trades centre as did companies in the glass industry and engineering sector: the trade fair went really well. This bodes very well for the coming months. We seem to have definitely come out of the trough.” Commenting on this Hans Werner Reinhard, Deputy Managing Director at Messe Düsseldorf, said: “glasstec has confirmed its pioneering role as the most important international meeting point for the glass sector – and now business is on the upturn once again. This is an excellent signal for our exhibitors.”

    TROSIFOL to be highly satisfied
    LUMINEO marks a new departure for TROSIFOL in its appeal to architects and was very successfully introduced to customers and visitors at this year’s “glasstec”. As the leading supplier of PVB films in European architectural glazing, TROSIFOL is targeting this new self-luminous PVB film directly at architects, designers and creative minds in order to inspire new trends in the design of architectural glazing.
    Second highlight: Sound insulation with TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL (SC) is now better than ever before. At glasstec 2010 in Düsseldorf, the TROSIFOL Division of Kuraray Europe GmbH is presenting an improved version of its own sound protection film, the new “SC+”. It significantly enhances the efficiency of the commercial-scale production of acoustic laminated safety glass. The improved efficiency of the new multi-layer TROSIFOL SC+ PVB film will particularly benefit high-performance processors specializing in jumbo widths. The new SC+ film thus extends the existing TROSIFOL sound protection range to include a productivity-boosting variant without compromising on the accustomed outstanding optical properties of clarity, transparency and light stability.

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    news-21 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:37:00 +0200 More solar module encapsulation with PVB film https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/zunehmender-einsatz-von-pvb-folien-zur-verkapselung-von-solar-modulen/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=5a11f5b9c7a597c0973f8922d414329a PVB is increasingly assuming the leading role among alternative encapsulation materials for solar cells as the alternatives to Ethylene-Vinyl-Acetate (EVA) Reliable and long-term protection of solar cells from external influences is a must for solar modules. This is where transparent plastic encapsulation materials make a crucial contribution to the durability of photovoltaic modules and to the long-term generation of electricity from sunlight. This article explains in broad terms which plastics are suitable and why. Special attention is focused on polyvinyl butyral (PVB), a plastic best-known so far for its use as the interlayer in laminated safety glass. The first manufacturer worldwide to develop a special PVB film for use in solar modules – the TROSIFOL brand – was Kuraray Europe GmbH. Solar modules using TROSIFOL PVB films have been successfully undergoing outdoor weathering tests on the module test rigs of the Berlin Photovoltaic Institute and the Fraunhofer ISE Institute in Freiburg since the beginning of the Eighties. Kuraray is currently working on the market launch of a second generation of films which is designed for all conventional photovoltaic module production processes and will extend the uses of the current range of films to include special applications. By Dr. Bernhard Koll EVA as a cell encapsulation material
    Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) is still the market leader and standard encapsulation material for solar cells. EVA’s widespread use is explained by its processing properties as a cross-linking rubber-elastic material in vacuum laminators and its adapted technical product features. For a long time there have been no alternatives on the horizon, as finished modules produced since the Nineties have a service life of at least 20 years and all series products have to be certified. It is therefore difficult for other plastics to gain a foothold on the market if the points in their favour are rarely measurable.

    Requirement profile for encapsulation materials
    To ensure module durability and long-term power generation, cell encapsulation materials have to display certain important features, e.g.

     

    • Mechanical protection of the cell
    • Protection from weathering
    • Electrical insulation
    • External impact resistance
    • Barrier to oxygen and water vapour
    • Prevention of cell corrosion
    • Adapted adhesion to other module components (glass, cell, backing film, contacts etc.)
    • High transparency and high UV protection (to prevent degradation of the plastic)

     

    There are few plastics that display all of these properties reliably in practice. Classical solar modules using crystalline Si wafers were joined almost a decade ago by thin-film PV modules on which the semiconductor is applied directly to (rigid) substrates – preferably glass in this case – and then mostly sealed at the rear with another ply of glass or alternatively with a multiple-ply barrier plastic (see Figures 2 and 3). Because of the way the cell is applied to the glass (high-vacuum deposition at temperatures up to 630°C), few materials are suitable as substrates for thin-film modules, although flexible substrates made of copper or stainless steel are possible as well as glass.

    Overview of possible cell encapsulation materials
    Table 1 gives an overview of the encapsulation products industrially used today. A distinction is made between elastomer cross-linking and thermoplastic materials.
    The elastomer cross-linking products include the most frequently used EVA, TPU and acrylate encapsulation resins, and two-component silicones that cross-link on exposure to heat and/or UV light to form a rubber-elastic material and thus firmly embed the solar cell.
    These contrast with thermoplastic products that melt without cross-linking on exposure to heat, thus retaining their original chemical composition. These include above all polyvinyl butyral, the most important encapsulation alternative, particularly for thin-film solar modules. All the other products such as thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), ionoplastics, modified polyolefins and the above-mentioned elastomers are currently of only secondary importance.

    Polyvinyl butyral (PVB)
    The plastic polyvinyl butyral (PVB) has been in use as the interlayer for laminated safety glass since the Forties of the last century. Its main applications are in windscreens in vehicles and safety glazing in architectural applications, e.g. modern glass façades. Since 2005, efforts have been afoot in the PV module industry and the glass industry to replace existing encapsulants with PVB film in double-glazing elements with integrated solar cells in order to significantly enhance the standard of safety of laminated module glass in Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). Furthermore, thin-film solar modules consisting of two plies of glass sandwiching a PVB interlayer can be inexpensively manufactured with the lamination process successfully used for the production of laminated safety glass. In view of the already evident and fast-growing demand for thin-film solar modules – forecasts anticipate 40 per cent of total module output by 2020 – the use of PVB film will continue to grow accordingly with a considerable expansion of its market share.

    TPU, silicones and other encapsulation materials
    The reasons for the low market shares of other plastics are lack of experience with the products of the solar industry, their in some cases inadequate technical properties and their excessively high cost. It is also essential that such products perform impeccably in the solar module for 20-25 years, which is only possible if they comply with the relevant electrical standards (electrical function tests conforming to IEC).
    As a result of pressure from manufacturers on the system costs of modules, more expensive products such as TPU and ionoplastics usually drop out of the running. New plastics have to overcome high technical and commercial barriers if they are to gain recognition and pull through as encapsulation materials for solar cells.

    Processes for the encapsulation of solar cells
    The single-opening vacuum laminator has been the preferred production method for the encapsulation of solar cells for several decades now. For cross-linking plastics, it permits rapid throughput and high production efficiency. For other products, such as thermoplastics, the process has to be adapted, the higher melting temperatures of thermoplastics may result in a slightly longer lamination process. The development and availability of so-called multi-opening or stack laminators have accelerated module throughput at the encapsulation stage and cut the cost of module production considerably. These laminators have made significantly larger and fully automated module production plants possible, thus reducing production costs significantly. This process technology is also of benefit to thermoplastic encapsulation materials such as PVB film and others, as the much accelerated throughput lowers costs substantially.
    At the same time, thin-film solar modules can also be produced in a single cycle in a roll laminator with subsequent autoclaving. This method has been successfully employed for decades for the production of laminated safety glass with PVB films and is at least as efficient as the vacuum laminator (Table 2).

    Module applications and their effect on materials
    Solar modules are usually preferably installed either on roofs or on open ground as photovoltaic power plants. These two forms of installation account for the lion’s share of commercially installed solar modules. In addition, there is also the possibility of integrating solar cells in buildings (BIPV) – for instance, on facades or in solar glass roof elements. Even if the market for this is still small today, a big future has been forecasted for BIPV. The current market share is less than 1 per cent of installed modules because the systems are still very cost-intensive and building wiring systems are still underdeveloped and lack standardization. A fine example of BIPV is New York’s Stillwell Avenue subway station, the world’s biggest rapid transit terminal with the world’s biggest building-integrated photovoltaic system – using thin-film solar modules containing TROSIFOL PVB films. In Europe in particular, building-integrated photovoltaic installations are subject to the same high safety standards as all other glazing on façades or in overhead applications. In Germany, in the official technical specifications for building materials, laminated safety glass with an interlayer of PVB film is stipulated for overhead glazing. If these elements are replaced with solar modules, the same standards apply. This means that EVA and other plastics in PV modules in such applications can only be used after an elaborate process to obtain permission. For Building-Integrated Photovoltaics, experts are forecasting a sharp rise in commercial applications in the next ten years.

    Summary
    Until just a few years ago, photovoltaics was confined to classical applications such as systems installed on roofs and power plant configurations, and preference was given to modules containing crystalline cells. EVA was the No. 1 choice as the encapsulation material.
    Recent years have seen the extension of the range of cells and modules to include thin-film alternatives, new and improved processes for the production of modules, and new applications such as Building-Integrated Photovoltaics. Encapsulation materials for solar cells will adapt to these new conditions. A very important alternative is TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB.

     

     

    We look forward to your visit during glasstec 2010 in Düsseldorf: Hall 10, Stand E36.

    Please also visit TROSIFOL at the special “glass technology live” show in Hall 11, Stand 11B26.




    You can download matching LUMINEO images at this address (captions/photographer are stored in the IPTC data, all images from Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL):
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100689
    The images present daytime views of the product and the matching night-time views with the LUMINEO effect.

    You can download images of TROSIFOL architectural applications at:
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100548

    And images of TROSIFOL SOLAR can be found here:
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100540



    Press contact:

    Jörg Theesfeld, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 202Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol@kuraray.eu

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    news-20 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 14:36:00 +0200 Self-luminous film for varied architectural applications and safety https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/selbstleuchtende-folie-fuer-vielfaeltige-architektur-anwendungen-und-sicherheitstechnik/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=d343903bdf8cd9b31dadaf7189689ead TROSIFOL trade fair highlight LUMINEO marks a new departure for TROSIFOL in its appeal to architects. As the leading supplier of PVB films in European architectural glazing, the PVB manufacturer of the Japanese Kuraray Group is targeting this new self-luminous PVB film directly at architects, designers and creative minds in order to inspire new trends in the design of architectural glazing.

    The new film product achieves its effect with a special formulation (European patent pending). LUMINEO is inspirational, the basis of new ideas. At the same time, LUMINEO meets the criteria of the German Lists of Construction Products of the DIBt (German Institute of Construction Technology). Safety certificates to EN 356 and EN 12600 are available on request. A test report on the afterglow properties of LUMINEO is also obtainable (BAM, DIN 67510-4, sub-classification A, Ref. VIII 1E 2077 of March 2009 for “Phosphorescent pigments and products”, such as emergency exits and escape routes). Developed to European standards for safety glass, it can be combined with other TROSIFOL films to modify optical and acoustic properties, thus opening up entirely new creative scope for the design of laminated safety glass. LUMINEO reduces the need to install additional light sources in public areas for emergency situations, e.g. power failures. By combining safety and design scope with light transmittance values of up to 60 per cent, LUMINEO is ideal for use in interior architecture and in public buildings in which design and safety are of equal importance.

    LUMINEO can be employed on façades, roofs, balustrades and balconies and in any glazing applications at all, indoors and outdoors.

    TROSIFOL® LUMINEO is available in standard widths of 1,000, 1,600 and 2,250 mm, each in a thickness of 0.76 mm. The roll lengths are 20 m and 200 m and are supplied with a PE interleaved film.

     

    We look forward to your visit during glasstec 2010 in Düsseldorf: Hall 10, Stand E36.

    Please also visit TROSIFOL at the special “glass technology live” show in Hall 11, Stand 11B26.



    You can download matching LUMINEO images at this address (captions/photographer are stored in the IPTC data, all images from Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL):
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100689
    The images present daytime views of the product and the matching night-time views with the LUMINEO effect.

    You can download images of TROSIFOL architectural applications at:
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100548

    And images of TROSIFOL SOLAR can be found here:
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke#100540



    Press contact:

    Jörg Theesfeld, Head of Business Development & Marketing
    Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL,
    Mülheimer Strasse 26,
    53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 202
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol@kuraray.eu

     

    Alle Fotos / all photos: Kuraray Europe GmbH/Division TROSIFOL
    Fotograf/Photographer Dateien/files „LUMINEO_Treppenaufgang“ +
    „LUMINEO_Sternenflur: Rainer Hardtke
    Fotograf/Photographer Dateien/files „LUMINEO_Rolltreppe“ +
    „LUMINEOTerminal“: Wolf Gatow

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    news-22 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 14:39:00 +0200 TROSIFOL at the 25th PVSEC in Valencia 2010 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/trosifol-auf-der-25-pvsec-in-valencia-2010/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=20a8d20bdbe03ec20f61c6131274a871 The 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition / 5th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion (25th EU PVSEC / WCPEC-5) closed its doors after 5 busy days in Valencia, Spain. 4,540 Conference Delegates attended 1,600 scientific and technical presentations, covering all aspects of photovoltaics. 963 exhibitors met with 38.000 visitors from around the world.

    TROSIFOL Division of Japanese Kuraray Group, the manufacturer of the world’s first PVB film specifically for solar applications presented his second and improved generation of TROSIFOL SOLAR PVB films. This second generation (2G) is supplementing the existing product range and not replacing it. Experience with the standard product line has shown that for specialized applications certain parameters can be defined with even greater precision.

    Besides that the 2009 premiered TROSIFOL SOLAR ULTRA WHITE was exhibited. With higher reflexion values and thanks to the effective combination of several measures (optimized sequence of layers) on the rear glass this new reflective film increases module efficiency by up to 2 per cent. This is because the new PVB film contains white pigments of extra-high whiteness.

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    news-23 Sat, 11 Sep 2010 14:40:00 +0200 TROSIFOL highlights at glasstec 2010 https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/glasstec-2010-messe-highlights-trosifol/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=22f1ee7c4f2f708dca7ad842389e6674 A self-luminous film, an improved acoustic product and photovoltaic applications for BIPV LUMINEO
    TROSIFOL is launching another new, revolutionary product on the market. A self-luminous PVB film by the name of LUMINEO, the new film achieves its effect with a special formulation (European patent pending). Developed to European standards for safety glass, it can be combined with other TROSIFOL films to modify the optical and acoustic properties. LUMINEO reduces the need to install additional light sources in public areas for emergency situations, e.g. power failures. LUMINEO meets the criteria of the German Lists of Construction Products “Deutsche Bauregellisten” of the DIBt (German Institute of Construction Technology). At the fair stand in Düsseldorf, it will be the main attraction and, in a small LUMINEO environment, visitors will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the product.

    Improved sound insulation with TROSIFOL SOUND CONTROL (SC+)

    After years of success with its SOUND CONTROL (SC) film, TROSIFOL is also presenting an improved product at this year’s glasstec. This is a multi-layer film that surpasses the accustomed high standards of safety and outstanding sound protection properties of the existing TROSIFOL SC film. The new film has been specially developed for the production of jumbo-size high-performance laminated safety glass with a width of 3.21 m. It is precisely here that the new SC+ film is employed to best effect by measurably improving efficiency in production.

    In addition, depending on the structure of the associated ISO glazing, sound insulation values of up to 50 dB can be achieved. It goes without saying that the new film can be combined with other PVB films from the TROSIFOL range.

    BIPV with TROSIFOL SOLAR
    TROSIFOL is staying busy in the fast-growing photovoltaic market and, more specifically, in the BIPV sector. Building-Integrated Photovoltaics covers the whole spectrum of solar power generation on façades. Encapsulation materials made of transparent plastics make an important contribution to the longevity of photovoltaic modules and to the long-term production of electricity from sunlight. These BIPV systems are becoming increasingly attractive and cost-effective each year and sensibly combine efficient surface use and aesthetics.

    The world’s first manufacturer to develop a special PVB film for use in solar modules was Kuraray Europe GmbH under the TROSIFOL brand name. Since the Eighties, solar modules with TROSIFOL PVB films have been undergoing successful outdoor weathering tests on module test stands, inter alia at the Berlin Photovoltaics Institute and the Fraunhofer ISE Institute in Freiburg. Designed for all conventional photovoltaic module production processes, a second and technically improved generation of films was presented by Kuraray at the PV Conference 2009 in Hamburg at the end of last year. This new film generation extends the current product range into special fields of application and is now being presented in Düsseldorf to the glass industry.



    We look forward to your visit during glasstec 2010 in Düsseldorf: Hall 10, Stand E36.

    Please also visit TROSIFOL at the special “glass technology live” show in Hall 11, Stand 11B26.

     


    You can download matching LUMINEO images at this address
    (captions/photographer are stored in the IPTC data, all images from Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL):
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke - 100689
    The images present daytime views of the product and the matching night-time views with the LUMINEO effect.

    You can download images of TROSIFOL architectural applications at:
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke - 100548

    And images of TROSIFOL SOLAR can be found here:
    http://gallery.me.com/rainer.hardtke - 100540



    Press contact:
    Jörg Theesfeld, Head of Business Development & Marketing
Kuraray Europe GmbH, Division TROSIFOL, 
Mülheimer Strasse 26, 53840 Troisdorf, Germany
    Phone +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 202
    Fax +49 (0) 22 41 / 2555 299
    E-mail: trosifol@kuraray.eu

     

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    news-24 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 14:41:00 +0200 SOLAR CELLS ON FAÇADES https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/solar-cells-on-facades/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=6cb3aefd866220aa852a7159dd48092e Reliable protection on façades PVB films for solar modules – Façade-integrated photovoltaics or “Building-integrated photovoltaics” (BIPV) making use of thin-film technology facilitate the efficient use of the building envelope, enabling it to generate electricity. However, very few solar modules can make do without reliable and lasting protection from external influences, particularly when attached to façades. Polyvinyl butyral (PVB), a film that has been better known until now for its use in laminated safety glass, is now attracting attention.

    The market segment for solar modules integrated in façades or used as solar glass roof elements is steadily growing. Its market share is currently at less than 1 per cent of module installations, as many systems are still very costly and building connection technology is still underdeveloped and not sufficiently standardized.

    On PV modules, the solar cells have to be protected from external influences. Encapsulation consisting of transparent plastics is making a huge contribution here to the durability of photovoltaic modules and to long-term power generation from sunlight. This applies particularly to building façades. With BIPV systems, it is not only possible to generate electricity and reduce CO2, but also to (at least partly) refinance the façade by feeding the electricity into the grid.

    These building-integrated PV systems are becoming increasingly attractive and efficient. They represent a good combination of efficient surface use and aesthetics. A big help here has been the further development of PV modules making use of thin-film technology. Of great importance here is polyvinyl butyral (PVB), a film that has so far been better known for its use in laminated safety glass. A fine example is the New York Stillwell Avenue subway station, which has the world’s largest integrated PV installation with thin-film modules, equipped with TROSIFOL PVB films.

    The first manufacturer worldwide to develop a special PVB film for use in solar modules was Kuraray Europe GmbH under the brand name of TROSIFOL, as the company reports.

    Since the beginning of the Eighties, solar modules with TROSIFOL PVB films have been undergoing successful outdoor weathering tests on module test stands of Berlin’s Photovoltaic Institute and the Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, among others. Designed for all conventional PV module production processes, Kuraray introduced at the end of 2009 a second and technically improved generation of films that supplements the current range of films in special fields of application.

    Trend towards PVB
    Since 2005, there have been moves in the PV and glass industry to introduce PVB film as the encapsulation material of double-glazing elements with integrated solar cells. The aim is to significantly improve the safety standards of laminated module glass of building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

    Furthermore, thin-film solar modules comprising two panes of glass with a PVB interlayer can be inexpensively produced with the two-stage lamination process familiar from laminated safety glass.

    With the now appreciable and steadily growing demand for thin-film solar modules – forecasts anticipate 40 per cent of total module output by 2020 – the use of PVB film will continue to increase and claim a growing share of the market.

    The reasons for the low market shares of other plastics include the lack of experience with these products in the solar industry, their in some cases inferior technical properties and their excessively high cost. In addition, these materials have to reliably demonstrate a service life of 20 to 25 years in solar modules.

    High safety standards
    Building-integrated photovoltaics, particularly in Europe, are subject to the same high safety standards as all other glazing on façades and in overhead glazing applications.

    For overhead applications in Germany, the list of standards and specifications for the construction industry calls for an interlayer of PVB. When these elements are replaced with solar modules, these standards and specifications remain unchanged. This means that EVA and other plastics in PV modules have to overcome a number of regulatory hurdles in such applications. For building-integrated photovoltaics, experts are expecting strong growth in commercial use over the next ten years.


    The author
    Dr. Bernhard Kroll is employed in Technical Marketing at Kuraray Europe GmbH in the TROSIFOL Division.
    www.trosifol.com

     

    We look forward to seeing you at the “glasstec 2010” in Düsseldorf: Hall 10, stand E36.

     

    Download the press-information here as an Adobe-Acrobat-File



    TROSIFOL® is one of the leading manufacturers of PVB film for laminated safety glass worldwide. TROSIFOL products are mainly used in applications for automotive and architectural glazing, special TROSIFOL films are used to encapsulate solar cells with long term durability in the photovoltaic industry (PV). In 2004 TROSIFOL was the first manufacturer worldwide to develop a special product line for PV applications based on polyvinyl butyral (PVB). Since then, module manufacturers have had a choice between module production in vacuum laminator or in the process with vacuum deairing and subsequent lamination in autoclaves.
    All major companies of the glass and the photovoltaic industry are part of TROSIFOL’s customer base.
    The background material for all TROSIFOL films is Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) that has been used as an interlayer in laminated safety glass since the middle of the thirties of the 20. century. The experience gained from the processing of this material since 1953, thanks to ongoing research and development, is one of the main reasons for technical leadership of TROSIFOL as a manufacturer of films for structural glazing and TROSIFOL’s worldwide success.
    TROSIFOL operates its headquarters in Troisdorf, near Cologne (Germany) and an additional plant in Nishny Novgorod, Russia, both certified to ISO/TS 16949 and DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 standards. There are marketing subsidiaries in the United States, Malaysia, India, China and Ukraine.

    Today TROSIFOL is a Division of Japan based chemical group Kuraray Co. Ltd (Tokyo) which is the world’s leading producer of polyvinyl alcohols (PVA), one of the initial products for polyvinyl butyral resins and raw material for TROSIFOL PVB film.
    Founded in 1926, the Kuraray Group with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is the world’s biggest producer of water-soluble synthetic polyvinyl alcohols. In Europe, operating business, sales and production of chemical specialties are handled by EVAL Europe in Antwerp, Belgium and Kuraray Europe GmbH in Frankfurt (Germany). PVA is e.g. a crucial chemical product for the production of paper, textiles as well as for paints, printing inks, adhesives and ceramics.
    Kuraray Europe GmbH has installed an integrated management system that satisfies the requirements of a quality management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 with the supplementary demands of the automotive industry ISO/TS 16949, an environmental management system conforming to DIN EN ISO 14001:2005 and an occupational safety and health management system conforming to BS OHSAS (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) 18001:2007. This is externally monitored by annual certification.

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    news-47 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 16:16:00 +0200 New MOWITAL® (PVB) Grade available https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/neuartiges-mowitalR-pvb-verfugbar/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=67f84d9ff0bf8929821bd97eb49ff788 Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) is pleased to announce another new MOWITAL® grade for the market, further enhancing our comprehensive PVB product range:


    MOWITAL® LP BX 860

    Main application for this new grade is the use as temporary binder for ceramic applications. The novel Mowital® LP BX 860 acts as dispersant as well as binder. This simplifies handling, reduces the number of components and offers further reduction in fixed costs of your formulation. Mowital® LP BX 860 shows the same good behavior as our other established Mowital® grades during the sintering process.

     

    Download this press-release as an Adobe-Acrobat-File here

       

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    news-9 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 12:31:00 +0100 Commencement of new PVB resin production line in Europe https://www.kuraray.eu/en/presse/singlenews/news/kuraray-nimmt-neue-produktionsstrasse-fuer-pvb-harz-in-europa-in-betrieb/?tx_news_pi1%5Bcontroller%5D=News&tx_news_pi1%5Baction%5D=detail&cHash=af2fd388320ea507890b3bd6dc08bad8 Total annual capacity has been increased up to 39,000 tons by this 10,000 tons expansion Kuraray Co., Ltd (hereafter “Kuraray”) has executed production capacity expansion of PVB (poly vinyl butyral) resin (Brand Name; MOWITAL) by constructing one new line at its European subsidiary, Kuraray Europe GmbH (hereafter “KEG”). KEG has finished trial operation, and just started commercial production. The total annual capacity of PVB resin at KEG has been increased by this latest expansion to 39,000 tons.

    PVB resin is made from PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) resin which was industrialized for the first time in the world in 1950. PVB resin is a raw material for the production of “PVB Film (Brand Name; TROSIFOL)” which is used as interlayer for architectural glazing and laminated safety glass for automotive, respectively. Furthermore, the demand of TROSIFOL as encapsulant of solar cell modules is increasing. Among other applications PVB resin is used as a binder in paint, printing ink, and ceramics.

    The Kuraray Group will further enhance its vinyl acetate and Poval-related businesses on a global basis, while reinforcing the consistent production flow from PVA resin to PVB resin and film.


    The profile of the PVB resin new production line
    Annual Capacity:Existing Capacity 29,000 tons (Investment amount :26 Million Euro)
    New Capacity 10,000 tons
    Total Capacity 39,000tons
    Location :Frankfurt am Main, Germany

    The overview of KEG

    Name: Kuraray Europe GmbH
    Capital :31Million Euro(100% invested by Kuraray)
    Geschaeftsfuehrer (President):Dr. Matthias Gutweiler
    Headquarter :Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    Activities:Importing and sales of Kuraray products in Europe, Manufacture and sales of PVA resin (MOWIOL), Butyral resins (MOWITAL) and PVB film (TROSIFOL)
    Number of employees:Approx. 500

     

    Download this press-release as an Adobe-Acrobat-File here

     

     

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