1980s

1980s

Kuraray established a joint venture in the U.S. to manufacture and market EVAL to support overseas business development, and also began producing opto-screens.

1982
President Taichi Ueno took office.
Completed EVAL biaxially-oriented film plant (Okayama).
Food packaging products made with EVAL
1983
Commercialized KURALON short staple fiber for cement reinforcement.
Established Eval Company of America jointly with Northern Petrochemical Company of the U.S. (became a wholly owned subsidiary in 1991).
1984
Established Techno Soft Co., Ltd.
Established Haru-Kuraray GmbH, a man-made leather sales company, in Germany jointly with Marubeni Corp. and Ha-ru GmbH.
1985
Commercialized soft contact lenses (Kurashiki).
President Hisao Nakamura took office.
Contact lenses
1986
Established Clarino America Corporation, a man-made leather sales company, in the U.S. jointly with Marubeni Corp. (absorbed into Kuraray America, Inc. in 2001).
Established Kuraray Family Products Co., Ltd. and Kuraray Travel Service Corporation.
Commercialized optical disks (Kashima: halted in 2003).
Commercialized diols (Kashima).
Eval Company of America began manufacturing EVAL in the U.S.
1987
Provided 1,4- butanediol manufacturing technology to Arco Chemical Company of the U.S.
1988
Established Central Research Laboratory, Tsukuba Office.
Commercialized opto-screens (lenticular lens) (Nakajo).
Established Securir Co., Ltd. (absorbed into Techno Soft in 2001).
Hook-and-loop fastener manufacturing transferred to Magic Tape Co., Ltd.
MAGIC TAPE products
1989
Commercialized melt blown nonwoven fabrics (Kurashiki: transferred to Saijo in 1995).