|founding||June 24, 1926|
|Seat||Chiyoda , Japan|
|Number of employees||8,316 (2015)|
|sales||JPY 411.41 billion (2014/15) EUR
KK Kuraray ( Japanese 株式会社 ク ラ レ , kabushiki kaisha kurare ; English Kuraray Co., Ltd. ) is a global Japanese company specializing in specialty chemicals with headquarters in Chiyoda , Tokyo Prefecture and headquarters in the Ōte Center Building in the Stadtteiltemachi district .
Founded in 1926, Kuraray has around 8,300 employees worldwide and an annual turnover of around 3.2 billion euros. Kuraray is one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibers and is increasingly focusing on the development and application of innovative high-performance materials.
Kuraray was founded in 1926 as Kurashiki Kenshoku Co. in Kurashiki , Japan . The factory was designed to produce rayon from rayon . In the 1950s, Kuraray was the first company to successfully market Vinalon fibers and textiles. As a result, cotton fabrics in Japanese school uniforms were gradually replaced by synthetic fibers. Kuraray was the first Japanese company to open a manufacturing facility in China. Factories in Belgium and Singapore followed around 1990 . Kuraray acquired the current business units in Germany and the USA only a few years ago .
The first branch of the Kuraray Co. was opened in Hamburg as early as 1965. The office moved to Düsseldorf three years later. In 1991 Kuraray Europe GmbH was founded. Kuraray Specialties Europe GmbH, founded in 2001 in Frankfurt am Main , merged with Kuraray Europe GmbH in 2006. The foundation of Kuraray Europe GmbH, based in Hattersheim am Main , is made up of the traditional production plants "Mowiol" (polyvinyl alcohol - today: KURARAY POVAL) and "Mowital" (polyvinyl butyral) in the Höchst industrial park (formerly the Höchst plant, Hoechst AG ). They were taken over by Clariant in 2001 , followed by the acquisition of the TROSIFOL film business from HT Troplast in Troisdorf in 2005. The company has become known in the market primarily through TROSIFOL films for laminated safety glass in vehicles and buildings - such as in the Reichstag dome in Berlin.
Kuraray has the following subsidiaries:
- EVAL Europe NV, Zwijndrecht , Belgium
- Kuraray Asia Pte., Ltd., Singapore
- Kuraray America, Inc., Houston , USA
- Kuraray Europe GmbH, Frankfurt am Main , Germany (100%)
- Kuraray Hong Kong Co., Ltd., Kowloon , Hong Kong
- Kuraray India Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi , India
- Kuraray (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Shanghai , China
Together with Kuraray Europe, Kuraray is one of Europe's leading manufacturers of polyvinyl alcohol and polyvinyl butyral . These products are used in many areas of daily life: for the production of paper, textiles, packaging, printing inks, varnishes, adhesives, water-soluble foils and ceramics. Under the brand name "TROSIFOL", Kuraray manufactures films that are used for laminated safety glass in vehicles, buildings and solar systems. The product range also includes chemical specialties, activated carbon filters , thermoplastic elastomers , synthetic fibers, synthetic leather and dental products. With "Clarino" the company produces an artificial leather made of 60% polyamide and 40% polyurethane . It is similar to suede . It is mainly used for shoes, bags and sporting goods.
- Official Website (Japanese, Chinese, English)
- Website of the subsidiary Kuraray Europe GmbH (English, German)
- Kuraray 2015 Annual Report ( Memento of the original from May 15, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed on May 15, 2016
- Converted at the rate on the balance sheet date, May 15, 2016
- History. (No longer available online.) In: kuraray.co. Archived from the original on May 25, 2011 ; accessed on February 18, 2020 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- History. In: kuraray.eu. Retrieved February 18, 2020 .