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Kuraray to Boost EVAL™ Production Capacity in the United States

11 May 2016

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Masaaki Ito; "Kuraray") today announces that it will boost the ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH resin; Kuraray trademark: EVAL™) production capacity of Kuraray America, Inc., an indirectly wholly owned Kuraray subsidiary located in the U.S. state of Texas. Brief details are as follows.

Background of Capacity Enhancement

Overview of Capacity Enhancement

Location EVAL™ Plant of Kuraray America, Inc. (Pasadena, Texas, U.S.A.)
Capacity increase 11,000 tons/year
Schedule Expanded facilities to start operations in mid-2018

Kuraray Group’s
EVAL Production Capacity (Unit: tons/year)

EVAL Capacity 160511*1.Operations are slated to commence at the end of 2016. For further details, please see the press release dated February 6, 2015, and entitled, "Kuraray to Boost EVAL Production Capacity in Europe."


Kuraray America, Inc.

Company name Kuraray America, Inc.
President George Avdey
Capital US$10.1 million (wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Holdings U.S.A., Inc.)
Employees Approx. 740
Business Import and sale of fiber and textile products, resins, and chemicals; Production and sale of poval resins, polyvinyl butyral films, ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer resins (EVAL™) and thermoplastic elastomers
Location 2625 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 600, Houston, Texas 77058-1551, U.S.A.


  • EVAL™ is Kuraray’s trademark for EVOH resin.
  • Kuraray was the first to commercialize this high-performance resin, which it launched in 1972. EVAL™ boasts the highest level of gas barrier properties among all plastics.
  • EVAL has an approximately 65% share of the global EVOH resin market. (Kuraray estimates)