Awards & Recognition

Kureha's research and development has been recognized around the world with a series of awards and prizes

Kureha received the Minister's Prize at the 5th Monozukuri Nippon Grand Award

The three main points cited for the award were:

  • Through long-term effort, Kureha successfully achieved mass production of a new material through an innovative synthesis technique that includes creative use of solvents.
  • PGA has been adopted for use in shale gas extraction, utilizing its seemingly contradictory properties of strength and biodegradability.
  • Expectations for development of new applications, further reductions in production costs, and the establishment of a strategic value chain that includes production facilities in Japan.

2017

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
March
2017
The 65th Chemical Technology Award, Chemical Society of Japan Establishment of Manufacturing Technology for Polyglycolic Acid and Development of New Market as High-Functional and Environment-Friendly Material The Chemical Society of Japan

2013

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
September
2013
The 5th Monodzukuri Nippon Grand Award, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry's Prize for Product and Technology Development Development of high-functional biodegradable polymer, polyglycolic acid (PGA) to reduce environment burdens The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

2012

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
May 2012 2012 SPSJ Award for Technology Development of mass production technology for high-molecular weight polyglycolic acid (PGA) The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
April 2012 2011/2012 NoAE Innovation Award for Material and Manufacturing ‘CARBOTRON’ hard carbon anode material Network of Automotive Excellence
March 2012 2012 SCEJ Award for Outstanding Technological Development Development of mass production process for glycolide and polyglycolic acid (PGA) The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan

2011

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
April 2011 2011 Edison Awards Finalist for Energy & Sustainability Packaging ‘Kuredux’ Polyglycolid Acid (PGA) The Edison Awards

2002

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
September
2002
5th JFJ Food Machinery and Manufacturing Materials Award ‘Besela’ acrylate high-barrier film Japan Food Journal Co.
2002 2002 SSPEJ Technology Award Continuous crystallization and purification system The Society of Separation Process Engineers, Japan

2000

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
March 2000 2000 PSSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Development of agricultural fungicides, ‘Ipconazole’ and ‘Metconazole’ The Pesticide Science Society of Japan

1995

  Award Awarded Product & Technology Organizer
October 1995 28th JCIA Technology Award Development and commercialization of agricultural fungicide, ‘Metconazole’ Japan Chemical Industry Association