Author Robin Conrad
The history of Kuraray’s Elastomer division started in 1972 with the production of polyisoprene rubber in the Kashima plant. From the first production line, the Elastomer Division continuously grew and invented new products such as SEPTON™, HYBRAR™, and KURARITY™.
Kuraray strives to develop new and innovative high performance products for customers around the globe.
Launch of SEPTON™ J-series
Partnered with Amyris to replace petroleum-derived feed-stocks in the production of high-performing polymers for use in tires, adhesives, sealants, and other compounds
Start of KURARITY™ (acrylic thermoplastic elastomer) production at the Niigata Plant, Japan
Opening of the Kuraray Research & Technical Center (KRTC) in Pasadena, Texas
Launch of SEPTON™ Q-series
Pilot plant for KURARITY™ established
SEPTON Company of America in Pasadena (from 2008: Kuraray America Inc.) commenced SEPTON™ manufacturing with a capacity of 12,000 metric tons per year
Launch of SEPTON™ V-series