Kuraray: Commercial Plant for Nanocomposite High- Barrier Film

Kuraray Co., Ltd. of Tokyo, Japan, has broken ground for a commercial plant to manufacture Kurarister film, a clear, high-barrier film for retort food packaging. First announced at the end of August, Kurarister is a polyester film coated with a nanocomposite believed to be based on Kuraray’s Eval EVOH high-barrier resin. It boasts oxygen transmission of less than 1 cc/sq meter/day. The company is building a plant in Japan to produce 50 million sq meters/yr. It will open in July.

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