Kuraray to boost ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer production in US

6:54 AM, 12th May 2016

TOKYO, JAPAN: Kuraray Co Ltd said it will boost ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVAL) resin production of Kuraray America Inc, an indirectly wholly owned Kuraray subsidiary located in Texas. It will increase capacity by 11,000 tonne per year, with start up expected in mid-2018.

EVAL boasts superior gas barrier properties. The demand continues to grow, particularly for food packaging applications that offer better food preservation and for automobile fuel tanks that effectively prevent hydrocarbon emissions, the company said.

The increase in EVAL demand had been centered primarily in industrialized nations, such as Japan and the US as well as those in Europe. However, demand is now rising in emerging nations. To secure a stable supply structure, Kuraray has concluded that it is necessary to boost its EVAL production capacity.

In the core vinyl acetate business, Kuraray is continuing to strengthen its base of operations globally as the no 1 supplier. As for EVAL, with this enhancement, which follows on last year’s production enhancement in Europe, Kuraray aims to expand its business as a leading company in the area of EVOH resin and barrier materials.

EVAL applications have expanded to include agricultural and industrial products in addition to wallpaper, pipes for floor heating systems and vacuum insulation panels for refrigerators.

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