News Releases 2013

~Demand expected to expand thanks to smartphone and tablet applications~
Kuraray to expand production capacity for VECSTAR liquid crystalline polymer film

August 27, 2013
Kuraray Co., Ltd.

Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Fumio Ito) has decided to expand production capacity for VECSTAR liquid crystalline polymer film, which is used as a printed circuit board (PCB) material for high-speed data transmission, at the Saijo Plant (Saijo City, Ehime Prefecture; General Manager: Kenji Okuraya).

Background for the Capacity Expansion

Kuraray is promoting the development of next-generation businesses based on the principal management strategies laid out in its GS-Ⅲ medium-term business plan, now in its second year. Among those businesses, we expect an increase in demand for VECSTAR liquid crystalline polymer film, for which we have been endeavoring to create new markets while expanding existing markets in the optical and electronic areas.
Globally, the speed and volume of wireless communication via smartphone and tablet are rapidly increasing, in turn prompting demand for PCB materials with lower signal transmission loss. VECSTAR boasts low signal transmission loss and has excellent practical physical properties, including heat resistance, that make it suitable for hand-soldering. PCB with VECSTAR enables lower cost and smaller space by integrating components while meeting needs for high-speed data transmission. Given the advantages of this product, we decided to expand production capacity and to aggressively promote business expansion related to VECSTAR.

Overview of Capacity Expansion

1.Production Capacity (m²/year)

Location Current Capacity Capacity after Completion
(Scheduled to begin operation in April 2014)
Saijo Plant 400K 1,000K

2.Capital Investment: Around ¥500 million

Features of VECSTAR

  1. A liquid crystalline polymer film used in PCBs and developed using our proprietary technology.
  2. Superior circuitry: It is able to transmit high-speed signals with low transmission loss.
  3. PCBs with superior practicality: It possesses high heat resistance.

VECSTAR liquid crystalline polymer

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