FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2021
KURARAY AMERICA, INC. UPDATE ON WINTER STORM URI IMPACT TO HOUSTON AND GULF COAST OPERATIONS
HOUSTON – As of April 2, 2021, all of Kuraray America’s Houston and Gulf Coast area plants have completed recovery operations and resumed most production.
“Our first priority was ensuring the safety of our employees and contractors in the Houston area during the recovery period,” said Hitoshi Toyoura, president and CEO of Kuraray America. “We extend our thanks to all of our employees and suppliers for your hard work to safely resume operations, and to our customers for your patience during this time.”
The sudden loss of power and natural gas in the wake of the storm affected almost all industrial sites and complexes in the Houston area and along the Gulf Coast. Kuraray’s suppliers for raw materials, critical utilities, and services were unable to operate, leading to the shutdown that began on February 16, 2021.
The limited supply of some key raw materials continues to present challenges. We are maintaining close communication with our customers as we work through these lingering obstacles.
For updates, please visit www.kuraray.us.com.
Founded in 1926, Kuraray is a world leader in performance-based polymer and synthetic chemistry technologies, including resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles. The Japan-based company operates in 31 countries and regions around the world, including Kuraray America, Inc., which is headquartered in Houston, TX. For more information, visit www.kuraray.us.com.
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