Kuraray acquires Plantic and expands into bio-based barrier materials

European headquarter of Kuraray in Germany

Kuraray expands into bio-based barrier materials through the acquisition of Plantic.

The Japanese chemical company 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.

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