November 5, 2021

HOUSTON – Kuraray announces the decision to increase the prices of all EVOH products in the Americas (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer; Kuraray trademark: EVAL™) for shipments commencing December 5, 2021, or as contracts allow.

The base selling price of all Standard grades of EVAL™ EVOH and Specialty high-performance grades (XEP) will increase as outlined below.

Region Price Increase
Standard Grades
Price Increase
Specialty Grades
North America, South America  US$ 0.48/kg US$ 0.48/kg


About Kuraray
Founded in 1926, Japan-based Kuraray is a world leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, including resins, chemical, fibers, and textiles. It was the first entity in the world to bring ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) polymers to market. The company operates 19 subsidiaries around the world, including Kuraray America, Inc., which is headquartered in Houston, TX. The U.S. division is a world leader in barrier polymer material with products like EVAL™ EVOH and Plantic™, a bio-based polymer with high barrier properties. For more information, visit

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