Highlights

A look at recent highlights and performance of Kuraray’s research and development

Innovation Case Studies

  • VECSTAR (Liquid Crystal Polymer Film)
    Demand is increasing for high-speed signal transmission through high-frequency waves, such as in-vehicle millimeter-wave radar and 5G antennas. In connection with this, the sales volume of VECSTAR increased due to its reputation for low transmission loss in the high-frequency range and excellent workability as a flexible printed circuit board. We expect this trend to continue accelerating, and we will proactively pursue business expansion in this area.
  • Chemical Mechanical Polishing (CMP) Pads for Semiconductors
    Polishing pads for semiconductors are made of high-hardness polyurethane, a new material developed by leveraging our polyurethane design and manufacturing technologies cultivated through the development of man-made leather CLARINO. Kuraray’s CMP pads feature excellent properties for polishing and planarizing devices due to their high hardness, very low scratch formation despite such hardness, and long hours of duration due to their excellent abrasion resistance. Multiple customers have verified these features in their manufacturing processes. In addition, we have created a business environment in which we can select and propose pads with appropriate hardness that suit customers’ requests and allow them to choose suitable pads for their manufacturing processes. In the future, we plan to create a business environment that enables our CMP pads to handle both the advanced processes and existing processes of customers as we look to expand sales to overseas markets.

Awards and Accolades

2013 Development and commercialization of heat-resistant polyamide 9T GENESTAR
(The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Technology Award)
2010 Commercialization of man-made leather CLARINO, an environmentally friendly and non-solvent product
(The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, Technology Award)
2004 Development and application of nonanediamine production catalyst for novel heat-resistant polyamide
(The Catalysis Society of Japan, Technology Award)
1999 Development and commercialization of KURALON K-Ⅱ, a new PVA fiber
(The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, Technology Award)
1997 Development of disperse-dyeable rayon filament
(The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, Technology Award)
1994 Development of water-soluble polymer-isocyanate adhesive
(The Chemical Society of Japan, Chemical Technology Award)
1991 Development of new manufacturing method for n-octanol and glycols using a precious-metal complex catalyst
(The Chemical Society of Japan, Chemical Technology Award)
1987 Establishment of pathogen adsorption therapy for myasthenia gravis
(The Japan Society for Artificial Organs, President’s Award)
1984 Development of dialysis machine using hollow fiber membrane
(The Chemical Society of Japan, Chemical Technology Award)
1983 Research into and commercialization of dental filling material using adhesive polymer
(The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Technology Award)
1981 Development of ultra microcrater fiber CLAVELLA SN-2000
(The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, Technology Award)
1981 Establishment and commercialization of terpene manufacturing method using isoprene as a raw material
(The Chemical Society of Japan, Chemical Technology Award)
1975 Research into and commercialization of gas-barrier resin EVAL
(The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Technology Award)
1973 Research into and commercialization of man-made leather CLARINO
(The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Technology Award)
1972 Establishment of manufacturing technology for man-made leather
(The Chemical Society of Japan, Chemical Technology Award)
1951 Research into and establishment of PVA fiber (KURALON) manufacturing technology
(The Chemical Society of Japan, Chemical Technology Award)