Kuraray expands into bio-based barrier materials through the acquisition of Plantic. Kuraray was the first to commercialize the barrier resin EVAL (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer), which it launched in 1972.

Eval boasts the highest level of gas barrier properties of all plastics and is the market leading barrier resin used in food packaging and industrial barrier applications.

In addition Kuraray has developed and launched Kurarister a transparent barrier film for retort applications.

Plantic film is used in a broad range of products in the barrier packaging sector and is supplying major supermarkets and brand owners on three continents (Australia, North America and Europe) in applications such as fresh case ready beef, pork, lamb and veal, smoked and processed meats, chicken, and fresh seafood and pasta applications.

Plantic is based in Australia, where its head office, principal manufacturing, and research and development facilities are located. Plantic has customers including major supermarkets and brand owners on three continents (Australia, North America and Europe).

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