Kuraray announced today a price increase on its EVOH products (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer; Kuraray trademark: EVAL) effective December 1, 2017. Details on the price increase are given below:

Due to increased costs of raw materials used in the production of EVAL EVOH, these actions are necessary.

Under these circumstances, Kuraray has decided to implement the following price increases for EVAL EVOH.

1. Scope of revisions EVOH products (EVAL)
2. Effective date Shipments from December 1, 2017
3. Price increases
Region Price increase
Asia Pacific US$ 0.20/kg
North America, South America US$0.09/lb(US$0.20/kg)
Europe, Middle East, Africa Euro 0.15/kg


With the release of EVAL in 1972, Kuraray became the first company in the world to develop and commercialize a high-functional resin, which boasts the highest level of gas barrier properties of any plastic (approximately 10,000 times that of general-purpose polyethylene). Given these properties, EVAL is employed for a variety of applications, including as excellent wrapping material for preserving food and containers for cosmetics and chemicals. In the context of the strict gasoline fuel emission controls in recent years, EVAL’s use as a material for automotive fuel tanks has been expanding, as it facilitates weight reduction and molding. Furthermore, the use of EVAL in wall coverings and floor heating and pipes for floor heating systems as well as other home and everyday products has been growing and demand has been expanding worldwide.