The Kuraray Group is an expanding, stock exchange listed speciality chemicals company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, with around 10.200 employees and annual sales of about EUR 4.5 billion. Kuraray Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Hattersheim am Main and has around 950 employees. Kuraray is one of the largest suppliers of polymers and synthetic microfibres and an international leader in the development and use of innovative high-performance materials for many industries. In Europe it is the leading supplier of polyvinyl alcohol (KURARAY POVAL™/ELVANOL™/EXCEVAL™/MOWIFLEX™) and polyvinyl butyral (MOWITAL®). These specialized chemical products can be found in many areas of daily life: in paper, textiles, packaging materials, printing inks, paints, adhesives, water-soluble films and technical ceramics. Under the TROSIFOL® brand name Kuraray produces PVB films for laminated safety glass for automotive, architecture and solar glass applications. The company’s product portfolio also includes chemical specialities, activated carbon, thermoplastic elastomers, industrial fibres, man-made leather and dental products. For further information please visit www.kuraray.eu.