Shin-Etsu Chemical

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
Native name
Public KK
Traded as
Industry Chemicals
Founded (September 16, 1926 (1926-09-16))
(as Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer)
Headquarters 6-1, Ohtemachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan
Key people
Chihiro Kanagawa
Shunzo Mori

Increase $ 11.3 billion (FY 2013)

(Y 1,165.8 billion) (FY 2013)

Increase $ 1.1 billion (FY 2013)

(Y 113.6 billion) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
17,892 (as of April 28, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (信越化学工業株式会社 Shin'etsu Kagaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha) is the largest chemical company in Japan, ranked No. 9 in Forbes Global 2000 for chemical sector. Shin-Etsu has the largest global market share for polyvinyl chloride, semiconductor silicon, and photomask substrates.[4]

The company was named one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.[4]

“Shin-Etsu” in the company's name derives from Shin'etsu Region, where the company established the first chemical plant as Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer in 1926, though the company today is headquartered in Tokyo and has its manufacturing locations in 14 countries worldwide.


Shin-Etsu splits its business into three distinct groups:

Organic and inorganic chemicals
Main products: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), silicones, methanol, chloromethane, cellulose derivatives, povals, caustic soda, and silicon metals
Electronics materials
Main products: semiconductor silicon, organic materials, rare earth magnets for the electronics industry and photoresist products
Functional materials
Main products: synthetic quartz, rare earth and rare-earth magnets for general use


  1. "Company Profile". Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  2. "Board of Directors". Retrieved January 21, 2015.
  3. "Shin-Etsu: net income 2005-2014". Statista. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Top 100 Global Innovators 2014". Thomson Reuters. Retrieved January 21, 2015.

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