Kuraray Co. Ltd. has decided to expand its facilities in LaPorte, Indiana, the United States (Monosol LLC) in response to the active demand for PVA films for consumer goods and industrial applications used in single-use packet for detergents, agrichemicals, solid surface, etc.

Kuraray has decided that facilities need to be expanded in response to the increasing demand for PVA film for consumer goods and industrial applications, especially for the water soluble films used to create the single-use packets for liquid detergents popular in the U.S. and European markets, in order to maintain a stable supply system.

Overview of Facility Expansion

Location: La Porte, Indiana, the United States
Invested amount: Approximately US$35 million
Operation target: July, 2014

Outline of MonoSol

Company name: MonoSol, LLC
Capital: US$59 million
Representative: P. Scott Bening, President & CEO
Headquarters: Merrillville, Indiana, USA
Business offices: U.S. and U.K. (production facilities)
Principal businesses: Manufacture and sale of PVA film for various industrial applications such as packaging films for unit dose detergents, agrochemicals and dyes as well as mold-release films for synthetic marble and so on.
Number of employees: Approximately 350 (as of December 31, 2012)
Website: www. monosol.com
Kuraray Co. Ltd.