Kuraray’s success story on the dental market started with the discovery of Phenyl P, the first adhesive monomer for dental medicine. The original MDP monomer produced from this had a profound effect on dental medicine around the world. A success story made in Japan! In 1978 Kuraray introduced its first dental adhesive: CLEARFILM™ LINER BOND F. This innovative dental product was a worldwide sensation. We have now been developing products for 40 years, based on the Japanese search for perfection. In particular, our development work focuses on esthetics, reliability and preserving the original tooth. Products such as the PANAVIA™ Caries Detector and the industry gold standard CLEARFIL™ SE Bond combine top quality with the highest esthetics. Our work is driven by the ongoing development of our products and constant adaptation to the needs of dentistry.
Auxiliaries for drugs
Kuraray offers a wide range of customized fine chemicals for the production of pharmaceuticals. Examples are isoprene derivatives and the polyvinyl alcohol KURARAY POVAL™ for tablet coatings.
Packaging plays an important role in the medical and pharmaceutical industry: it protects products from external contaminants, ensures that they remain effective for a defined minimum period by preventing oxidation, and avoids leakages of important ingredients. With EVAL™, Kuraray is Europe’s leading producer of ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymers. EVAL™ has better gas barrier properties than conventional polymers, making it particularly suitable for pharmaceutical packaging. If it is combined with polyolefins, it acts as an efficient barrier to both gases and water. Some grades have USP Class VI certification and DMF, which facilitates the validation of new packaging.
Personal care and hygiene products
Protection and comfort are important for successful hygiene and personal care products. That applies to disposable hygiene products and wet wipes as well as to diapers and incontinence products. SEPTON™ thermoplastic elastomer gives such products the necessary flexibility and elasticity. It is compatible with both polar and non-polar materials, allowing for a broad range of flexibility in design.
Other products for medical applications
We supply the FELIBENDY™ and KURAFLEX™ nonwoven brands of nonwoven fabrics for sterile dressings, bandages, masks and operating caps. SEPTON™ and HYBRAR™ thermoplastic elastomers make medical films, adhesives and hoses transparent, flexible and extremely robust. HYBRAR™ is particularly suitable as an environmentally friendly substitute for PVC in such products.
Kuraray Vectran™ fiber for medical applications is characterized by exceptional tensile properties, bending tolerance and minimal creep.
Kuraray America Inc Vectran is ISO 13485:2016 Certified.