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Dr. Matthias Gutweiler becomes Kuraray's first board member outside Japan

Monday, 30 March 2020

Dr. Matthias Gutweiler, President of Kuraray Europe GmbH, has been appointed with immediate effect to the Board of Directors of Kuraray Co., Ltd., which has its head office in Tokyo.

Dr. Matthias Gutweiler has been appointed to the top decision-making board of the global Kuraray Group. Image source: Kuraray.

Dr. Matthias Gutweiler has been appointed to the top decision-making board of the global Kuraray Group. Image source: Kuraray.

Dr. Gutweiler has a PhD in chemistry and is the first person from outside Japan to be appointed to the 12-member Board of Directors, which is headed by the Masaaki Ito, President of the Kuraray Group.

Strategic milestones

Dr. Matthias Gutweiler has been managing director of Kuraray’s European subsidiary, which is based in Hattersheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany, since 2009. Before that, he was in charge of the PVOH and PVB business at this speciality chemicals producer. One of the first key projects in his new role will be the new 3-year plan, which sets out the next strategic milestones for the Kuraray Group.

"I see my appointment to the Board of Directors of the Kuraray Group as recognition of the success that we have achieved together at Kuraray Europe in the past years and as a special acknowledgement of the excellent work done by our employees,” says Dr. Matthias Gutweiler. "Collaboration between the management in Japan and Kuraray in Europe has always been characterised by trust and mutual respect. On this basis, we have been able to provide key ideas that strengthen the company and are reflected in the strategy of the Kuraray Group. We will continue to build on that in the future.”

The Kuraray Group, which is headquartered in Tokyo, has more than 11,100 employees around the world and is a leading supplier of industrial polymers and synthetic microfibres. Kuraray Europe GmbH (KEG) was established in 1991 and is based in Hattersheim am Main, Germany. It has more than 700 employees in Germany and a further 200 at six other European sites. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuraray. In 2019 its annual sales were EUR 661 million.

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