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Compatible polyvinyl alcohols for the cosmetics industry: Kuraray and IMCD forge partnership

Thanks to their low methanol content, Kuraray Poval's new PVOHs are particularly suitable for cosmetic applications. Users will benefit from the alliance with IMCD for distribution and technical support.
Skincare and cosmetic products are subject to very strict requirements. They must not only give the skin a smooth, natural appearance, but also guarantee high tolerance and present no health risks. Kuraray, one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty chemicals, has developed a new range of products tailored to the needs of the cosmetics industry. Thanks to their particularly low methanol content, Kuraray Poval's LV types are environmentally friendly and safe to use.

"The methanol content of the LV types in our Kuraray Poval brand is ten times lower than that of conventional polyvinyl alcohols (PVOH)," says Heiko Mack, Head of Poval Business at Kuraray. "We are therefore offering a substance that can be used to create cosmetic products that are better tolerated." Kuraray Poval's LV grades have been specially designed for the cosmetics industry, and come with appropriate regulatory data sheets. They have a methanol (MeOH) content of less than 0.3 %. To achieve such a result, PVOH-based substances are subjected to a complex cleaning process.

Kuraray is also counting on a new strategic partnership. IMCD Personal Care, the world's leading distributor of materials for the manufacture of cosmetics and toiletries, will take charge of sales and technical activities. "With IMCD, we can now count on a strong ally in the fields of distribution and technical support." Customers will benefit from the quality of Kuraray products and IMCD's solid expertise in developing new formulas for the cosmetics industry.

A partnership to meet the stringent demands of the cosmetics industry

The partnership between Kuraray and IMCD in the field of cosmetic applications covers markets in Europe, Africa and America. IMCD's team of experts constantly analyzes market trends and develops customized solutions to respond to new trends. The company's products range from additives and active ingredients to functional and sensorial ingredients for all areas of body care. IMCD also offers a range of other services to meet specific needs, including problem-solving, formulation guidelines and prototype sample production.

Quality PVOH-based substances for a wide range of applications

The cosmetics industry is just one of the many areas of application for Kuraray Poval's PVOH. As the world's leading manufacturer of PVOH-based plastics, Kuraray offers materials with physical and chemical properties suited to all kinds of activities. Polyvinyl alcohol resins are used in the paper, adhesive, textile and construction industries, as well as in ceramics, packaging and electronic circuits. 3D printing, meanwhile, is a whole new field of application. With Mowiflex 2000, Kuraray offers a unique support filament that can be used to print high-quality supports for complex filigree and overhanging structures. Water-soluble and biodegradable, this material is easily removed after printing.

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