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EVAL™ EVOH by Kuraray

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Kuraray has been manufacturing and marketing ethylene vinyl-alcohol copolymers (EVOH) under the name EVAL™ since 1972, and remains the world leader in EVOH production and market development. EVAL™ is one of Kuraray's core businesses and is produced globally in America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. The sales and technical development of EVAL™ is supported by specialised local teams in each region.

In  Asia Kuraray Co. Ltd. set up the world's first EVOH production facility with a capacity of 10,000 tons a year in Okayama, Japan.

The  United States of America is the home of the largest EVOH facility in the world, with an impressive capacity of 47,000 tons a year, in Pasadena (Houston), Texas (expanding to 58,000T by mid-2018).

In  Europe Kuraray operates the region's largest EVOH production site, with a capacity of 35,000 tons per year in Zwijndrecht (Antwerp), Belgium.

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Our commitment to Europe

Our European EVAL Production site was founded in 1997 in order to supply the European, Middle Eastern and African market with superior high-barrier EVAL™ EVOH copolymer resins. Production began in 1999 and the initial capacity of 10,000 tons was expanded to 12,000 tons in 2001. An additional investment of 80 million Euro doubled the size of our capacity to 24,000 tons in 2004. A third investment in 2017 increased production capacity to our current level of 35,000 tons.

From our location in Antwerp, Belgium, at the heart of Europe, we serve our European, Middle Eastern and African customers in the best possible way. Production, sales, marketing, technical service and development and customers service are handled from this centralised location to provide a complete service package to the converting industry.