Kuraray Co., Ltd.

 Kuraray Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku; President: Hitoshi Kawahara) announces a planned increase of its globally in-demand ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (EVOH resin; Kuraray trademark: EVAL™) production capacity in its bases of operation in the United States and Europe.
 A total of 5,000 tons/year will be added to the capacity of U.S., and European bases of operation in 2024, with another 5,000 tons/year to be added in 2026. This 10,000-tons/year total capacity increase will bring global production capacity from the present 103,000 tons/year to 113,000 tons/year.
 Also, as detailed in the PASSION 2026 medium-term management plan, a project team established last year is currently deliberating on the creation of a new base of operations in Asia.
 We anticipate that the need for food packaging will continue to increase in Asia, where the market for EVOH resin is expanding significantly. To improve our capacity to react swiftly to our customers’ needs, we intend to set up a technical center at the new Asian base of operations.

Background of Capacity Expansion

  • EVAL™ is frequently used for food packaging due to its outstanding gas barrier qualities, which guard against deterioration of the contents.
  • We expect that demand for EVAL™ will rise even further in the future as food packaging shifts to using just one type of material, as required for a circular economy, and as food products become more long-lasting to reduce food waste.
  • The increase in EVAL™ demand had been centered primarily in industrialized nations, such as Japan and the United States, as well as those in Europe. However, demand is now rising in emerging nations. To secure a stable supply structure, Kuraray has determined that it is necessary to boost its EVAL™ production capacity.


  • EVAL™ is Kuraray Co., Ltd.’s trademark for EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer) resin
  • In 1972, Kuraray became the first company to industrialize this functional resin, which has the highest level of gas impermeability among polymers (global market share: approx. 60%, Kuraray survey)


Kuraray America Inc.

Company name Kuraray America, Inc.
President Takaharu Kawahara
Capital US$10.1 million (wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray Holdings U.S.A., Inc.)
Employees Approx. 840
Business Import and sale of fiber and textile products, resins, and chemicals; Production and sale of PVOH resins, polyvinyl butyral films, ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer resins (EVAL™) and thermoplastic elastomers
Location 3700 Bay Area Boulevard, Suite 680 Houston, Texas, 77058, U.S.A.

EVAL Europe N.V.

Company name EVAL Europe N.V.
President Berend Bootsma
Capital €29.7 million (wholly owned by Kuraray Co., Ltd.)
Employees Approx. 170
Business Production and sale of ethylene vinyl alcohol polymer resins (EVAL™)
Location Haven1053, Nieuwe Weg1-Bus10 B-2070 Zwijndrecht (Antwerpen), Belgium

EVAL™ Production Capacity(thousand tons/year)
Kuraray America, Inc. 58 5 63 Texas, United States
EVAL Europe N.V. 35 5 40 Antwerp, Belgium
Kuraray Co., Ltd. 10   10 Okayama, Japan
Total 103 10 113