Kuraray's Past and Future


Milestones of Kuraray’s history in Europe

1965 First branch of Kuraray Co., Ltd. established in Hamburg, Germany
1968 Branch relocated to Düsseldorf, Germany
1991 Establishment of Kuraray Europe GmbH in Düsseldorf
1995 Establishment of Kuraray EVAL Europe GmbH in Düsseldorf, Germany
1997 Establishment of EVAL Europe N.V. in Antwerp
1999 Start of production at EVAL in Antwerp
2001 Acquisition of Clariant's PVA/PVB  operations in Frankfurt; establishment of Kuraray Specialities Europe GmbH
2004 Acquisition of the TROSIFOL business in Troisdorf (Germany) and Nishni Nowgorod (Russia) from HT Troplast AG
2005 Start-up of the 5th production line for PVA in Frankfurt
2006 Relocation of Kuraray Europe GmbH to Frankfurt
2006 Integration of Kuraray Specialities Europe GmbH into
Kuraray Europe GmbH in Frankfurt
2007 Acquisition of amaretta GmbH in Aßlar, Germany; integration into Kuraray Europe GmbH and relocation to Frankfurt
2008 Start-up of the 7th TROSIFOL production line in Troisdorf
2008 Establishment of Kuraray Nordic Ab Oy in Finland
2008 Establishment of Kuraray Dental Italia S.r.l in Italy
2008 Integration of Acacia Dental into Kuraray Dental Benelux B.V. in the Netherlands
2008 Acquisition of the PVB business of Wacker Polymer Systems GmbH & Co. KG, Munich, Germany
2009 Start-up of the 6th PVB production line in Frankfurt
2011 Decision to invest EUR 58 million in PVA production in Frankfurt; start of construction work on 6th PVA line in Frankfurt
2012 Establishment of Kuraray Europe France S.A.R.L. in France
2012 Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. is launched through the integration of Kuraray Medical Inc., Noritake Dental Supply Co., Limited and Kuraray Noritake Dental Holdings Inc.