An explosion and fire occurred today at the vinyl acetate manufacturing facilities of Kuraray's Okayama Plant. Details are as follows:

10:40 An oxygen mixer at the Company's vinyl acetate manufacturing facilities exploded and caught fire while undergoing safety testing.
10:46 The Company reported the incident to the fire department.
10:54 Municipal fire fighters arrived at the scene.
12:13 The fire was completely extinguished.

No injuries or deaths occurred as a result of this incident.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.