(September 16, 1926 )|
(as Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer)
|Headquarters||6-1, Ohtemachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan|
|Revenue||Y 1,165.8 billion) (FY 2013)|
$ 1.1 billion (FY 2013)(Y 113.6 billion) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
|17,892 (as of April 28, 2014)|
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.
The company was named one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“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
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