Kuraray showcases EVAL films for packaging at Plastivision

Kuraray has the technical centers in Houston, Antwerp and Singapore

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Fourth from left: Sachin Gangal, country head, Kuraray. Photo PSA

Kuraray, a world leader in the production and development of ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer (under the brand name EVAL), showcased its films for packaging at the recently concluded Plastivision show in Mumbai. Speaking to us, Sachin Gangal, country head – EVAL Division, said, “EVAL provides the necessary gas and migration barrier function in food, medical, pharmaceutical and cosmetic packaging and as a gas and solvent barrier in industrial, construction and automotive fuel system applications. EVAL offers a safe, lightweight, transparent and unbreakable alternative to glass and metal. At the end of the
product’s life, EVAL can be recycled without toxic emission and used as an alternative to aluminium foil, with the addition of excellent transparency for stretch and shrink film applications.”

Addressing the need to avoid food waste post harvest, Gangal also discussed hermetic bags, which are basically special type of bags with tight seal and modified atmospheric gases. These bags contain EVAL layer, which acts as an oxygen barrier and helps reduce wastage due to insect infestation during storage of food grains and pulses. Kuraray is the first company in the world to produce and commercialize EVOH (ethylene vinyl alcohol) copolymer, a high functionality resin which later came to be called EVAL. Today, Kuraray has technical centers in Houston (USA), Antwerp (Belgium) and Singapore.

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