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Shin-Etsu Chemical 

“Market Cap $24.15 B As of May 2014

At a Glance
  • Industry: Diversified Chemicals
  • Founded: 1926
  • Country: Japan
  • CEO: Shunzo Mori
  • Website:www.shinetsu.co.jp/e/index.shtml
  • Employees: 17,712
  • Sales: $11.42 B
  • Headquarters: Tokyo
Forbes Lists

#537 Global 2000

  • #845 in Sales
  • #553 in Profit
  • #1047 in Assets
  • #461 in Market value
Profile

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of industrial chemicals. Its operations are carried out through the following segments: Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)/Chlor-Alkali Business, Silicone Business, Specialty Chemicals Business, Semiconductor Silicon Business, Electronics and Functional Materials Business, and Diversified Business. The PVC/Chlor-Alkali Business segment provides PVC, caustic soda, methanol, and chloromethane. The Silicone Business segment provides silicones. The Specialty Chemicals Business segment provides cellulose derivatives, silicon metal, polyvinyl alcohol, and synthetic pheromones. The Semiconductor Silicon Business segment provides semiconductor silicons. The Electronics and Functional Materials Business segment provides rare earth magnets, coating materials, photomask blanks, oxide single crystals, and liquid fluoroelastomers. The Diversified Business segment includes processed plastics, international trading, engineering, ad information processing. The company was founded on September 16, 1926 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

“Shin-Etsu Chemical History

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. began with the coming together of Nagano Prefecture’s (Shinano-area) water and Niigata Prefecture’s (Echigo-area) limestone.

Nagano Prefecture’s plentiful water give birth to electric power and the limestone that came from Niigata Prefecture was a key raw material, which was called, “Oyashirazu’s great earth.”
Because of the presence of these two gifts of nature, Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer Co., Ltd. was founded on September, 1926 to manufacture chemical fertilizer and limestone nitrogen. The history of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. began from this point.The company’s “Shin” comes from Shinano and “Etsu” is taken from Echigo.”

*Information from Forbes.com and Shinetsu.co.jp

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