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Kuraray to Build Polyvinyl Alcohol Plant at La Porte, TX

10:04 AM MDT | June 18, 2012 | —Deepti Ramesh and Natasha Alperowicz

Kuraray (Tokyo) says its Kuraray America subsidiary will build a 40,000-m.t./year polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) plant at La Porte, TX. The plant is expected to be onstream in September 2014. Kuraray’s investment is in line with the company’s strategy for its global vinyl acetate and PVOH-related products. “Following business expansion in Japan, Singapore, and Germany, this move will secure a fourth advantageously placed production base for the group…in North America, where shale gas is easy to procure,” Kuraray says. The new facility...

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