Kuraray America breaks ground on polyvinyl alcohol plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: April 11, 2013 2:39 pm ET
Updated: April 11, 2013 2:44 pm ET

Image By: Kuraray America Inc. George Avdey

Related to this story

Topics Materials, Materials Suppliers

HOUSTON — Kuraray America Inc. broke ground April 11 on a new polyvinyl alcohol plant in La Porte, Texas.

The plant is expected to create 107 new jobs over the next two years and will have annual production capacity of almost 90 million pounds. Production is set to launch in 2015.

In an April 9 news release, officials with Houston-based Kuraray said that the firm's strategy for growth within the Houston area is because of developments in natural gas exploration technology, specifically shale gas and "the excellence of area infrastructure and [the area's] ideal workforce."

"Kuraray felt this was an ideal place to establish a beachhead for further expansions," Kuraray Americas president and CEO George Avdey said in the release.

The Texas Enterprise Fund is supplying some funding for the new plant. Kuraray also is receiving a tax abatement from Harris County for the project.

Kuraray America is a unit of Tokyo-based industrial conglomerate Kuraray Group. The parent firm's Septon Co. of America unit also makes styrenic block copolymers at a plant in Pasadena, Texas.


Comments

Kuraray America breaks ground on polyvinyl alcohol plant

By Frank Esposito
Senior Staff Reporter

Published: April 11, 2013 2:39 pm ET
Updated: April 11, 2013 2:44 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

China's Shide Group, BASF unveil 'revolutionary' all-plastic window profile

April 23, 2014 9:10 pm ET

SHANGHAI — The PVC window profile market in Asia is expected to increase four-fold by 2025, and Chinese building products maker Dalian Shide...    More

Worker dies in fall at Formosa Texas plant

April 23, 2014 4:04 pm ET

A subcontractor died April 22 after falling 25 feet during routine cleaning operations at a Formosa Plastics Corp. USA facility in Point Comfort,...    More

Image

Milliken expanding SC plant for additional PP clarifying agent capacity

April 23, 2014 3:42 pm ET

American chemical company Milliken & Co. has announced plans for a major expansion in capacity for its Millad NX8000 clarifying agent for...    More

Clariant says Asia holds the key to growth

April 23, 2014 3:52 pm ET

Clariant AG is based in Switzerland, but its eyes are firmly focused further east.    More

Sale of Romanian PVC producer Oltchim assets postponed again

April 23, 2014 1:35 pm ET

The long anticipated privatization of insolvent Romanian PVC producer Oltchim has been postponed yet again, this time until mid-May.    More

Market Reports

Market Data Book - Rankings & Lists

A one-stop download of Plastic News' exclusive annual lists and processor rankings containing essential data including sales, employees, end markets, materials and more.
EXCLUSIVE EXCEL FEATURE: full mailing address details for available plant locations.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report provides analysis and discussions of economic and political conditions, market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies. In addition, there are reviews of 25 leading thermoformers in the packaging segment, assessing their growth initiatives and performance metrics over 10 years.

Learn more

Mold Making and Tooling Review and Outlook 2014 North America

This report provides in-depth analysis of the mold and toolmaking market for North America, including discussions of trends, opportunities, threats, the latest developments in production and labor and equipment trends impacting moldmakers.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014Plastics in Medical Devices 2014

May 12, 2014 - May 12, 2014Plastics News Brazil Pharma Summit

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 3, 2015 - February 7, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events