History

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.

2015

Launch of SEPTON™ J-series

2013

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

2011

Start of KURARITY™ (acrylic thermoplastic elastomer) production at the Niigata Plant, Japan

2004

Opening of the Kuraray Research & Technical Center (KRTC) in Pasadena, Texas

2003

Launch of SEPTON™ Q-series

Pilot plant for KURARITY™ established

2002

SEPTON Company of America in Pasadena (from 2008: Kuraray America Inc.) commenced SEPTON™ manufacturing with a capacity of 12,000 metric tons per year

2001

Launch of SEPTON™ V-series

1992

Commercialization of HYBRAR™

1990

Commercialization of thermoplastic elastomer SEPTON™ (Kashima)

1974

Developed new rubber materials based on Isoprene chemistry

1972

Start of production of polyisoprene rubber at the Kashima Plant