kuraray


History

Video Streaming Magosaburo Ohara Torajiro Kojima Envisioning Light and Dreams for the Good of the People

Video Streaming THE OHARA MUSEUM of ART 80 Years of Creativity and Innovation

Video Streaming Soichiro Ohara "Entrepreneur"

1926-1950s

Kuraray was founded in 1926 for the purpose of commercializing rayon, in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, as Kurashiki Kenshoku Co.
In the 1950s, Kuraray became the first firm in the world to commercialize vinylon fibers and textiles, and synthetic fibers and textiles replaced arboreous cotton in student uniforms within a generation.

1960s

In the 1960s Kuraray used outside technology to commercialize polyester staple fiber, and independently developed and marketed the synthetic leather CLARINO. In addition, Kuraray was the first Japanese company to commence full-scale exports of plant to China, before the normalization of diplomatic ties.

1970s

Kuraray established a series of new businesses in the 1970s. These included contact lens, artificial organ, dental materials, and other medical businesses, the gas barrier resin EVAL, and a non-woven fabric business (through a joint venture with an overseas concern).

1980s

In the 1980s, Kuraray established a joint venture in the U.S. to manufacture and market EVAL. This represented a foothold in overseas business development.

1990s

In the 1990s, Kuraray established EVAL and poval resin manufacturing facilities in Belgium and Singapore, respectively.

2000s

The Company recently acquired a poval-related business portfolio in Germany, and commenced the production of SEPTON in the U.S. The development of important businesses overseas is accelerating.

Award

Information on the awards Kuraray has received can be found here.

The Story of the Birth of New Products

Kuraray has long line of products that are "number one and the only one". To develop these products, our commitment to creativity and unique technical strength are indispensable.

The Story of the Birth of New Products is the episode of Kuraray's idea about the new business development, the distress of beginnings, etc.

Vinylon and Poval
EVAL
CLARINO
Isoprenes