Introducing Kuraray (and EVAL Europe nv)
The Kuraray Group consists of over 60 companies, employing around 7,000 people around the world. The world's largest producer of PVOH and EVOH resins and films, Kuraray operates production sites in Japan, the USA, Europe and Singapore. As a leader in high gas barrier technology and development, Kuraray established fully-owned subsidiary EVAL Europe N.V. in Antwerp, Belgium for the production and sales of its EVAL™ EVOH barrier resins in the Europe-Middle East-Africa region.
Kuraray has been manufacturing and marketing ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers (EVOH) under the name EVAL™ since 1972, and remains the world leader in EVOH production and market development. EVAL™ is one of Kuraray's core businesses and is produced globally in Europe, America and Asia-Pacific. The sales and technical development of EVAL™ is supported by specialised local teams in each region.
EVAL™ is commercially available in two forms: resins (plastic granules for coextrusion) and films (for lamination). The EVAL™ product line provides the world's widest available grade range of EVOH resins and films. These unique high barrier polymers are particularly suited for preserving quality and avoiding waste in food, medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and industrial packaging. They also help use energy more efficiently and reduce environmental impact in automotive fuel systems, building and construction materials and agricultural films.