Ube Industries

Ube Industries, Ltd.
Public KK
Traded as TYO: 4208
FSE: 4208
Nikkei 225 Component
Industry Chemicals
Founded June 1897 (1897-06)
Founder Sukesaku Watanabe
Headquarters Seavans North Building, 1-2-1, Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-8449, Japan
(Tokyo head office)
1978-96 Kogushi, Ube, Yamaguchi 755-8633, Japan
(Ube head office)
Area served
Key people
Michio Takeshita
(president and CEO)

Increase$ 6.3 billion USD (FY 2013)

(¥ 650.5 billion JPY) (FY 2013)

Increase$ 122 million USD (FY 2013)

(¥ 12.6 billion JPY) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
11,225 (consolidated as of March 31, 2014)
Website Official website
Footnotes / references

Ube Industries, Ltd. (宇部興産株式会社 Ube Kōsan Kabushiki-gaisha) is a Japanese chemical company manufacturing chemicals, plastics, battery materials, pharmaceuticals, cement, construction materials, and machinery.[2]

The company was founded in 1897 when Sukesaku Watanabe —an industrialist, a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and a deputy mayor of Ube— established Okinoyama Coal Mine, the predecessor of the present Ube industries.

Since then, the company has established six core business units: Chemicals & plastics, specialty chemicals & products, cement, pharmaceuticals, machinery and metal products, energy and environment.

The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchane and Fukuoka Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.[3]

Ube Industries is a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFJ) keiretsu.


Main products

Chemicals and plastics

Speciality chemicals and products


Cement and construction materials

Energy and environment

Machinery and metal products

Defense technology

Ube provides advanced materials for various defense and aerospace applications, for example it's Tyranno fiber (a material incorporating a silicon/titanium mix) is used as a stealth material in the ATD-X program.[4]

Corporate governance

Board directors

Locations(UBE Group)


The presidents of the Ube Chamber of Commerce and Industry are elected from retired persons of The company. Serving president Yasuhisa Chiba (he was Representative Director of Ube industries) also holds the post of vice chairperson of the Chemical Society of Japan.[6] Some employees of the Ube Group are elected to assemblyman.



UBE Group is doing business worldwide, especially Thailand(Rayong Province) and Spain(Province of Castellón) are main sites for petrochemical business. UBE Chemicals(Asia) Public Company Ltd.(UCHA) is one of the cogent chemical companies in Thailand. The company is the sole caprolactam producer in Thailand. Dr. Charunya Phichitkul, the president of UCHA also holds the post of vice chairperson of the petrochemical Industry Club The Federation of Thai Industries.[7]

See also

Ube Kosan Building in Ube City 
Statue of company founder Sukesaku Watanabe 
Watanabe Memorial Hall 
Ube's chemical plant in Ube, Yamaguchi 
Ube mine expressway, a Ube dedicated road in Yamaguchi prefecture 


  1. "Company Outline". Ube Industries. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  2. 1 2 "Company Profile". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved September 19, 2014.
  3. "Components:Nikkei Stock Average". Nikkei Inc. Retrieved September 18, 2014.
  4. "Ministry to support, boost defense equipment R&D". Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  5. Official website of JCIA,"About JCIA Officers", Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
  6. Official website of CSJ,"公益社団法人日本化学会 設立と役員人事のお知らせ", Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
  7. Official website of FTIPC,"FTIPC Organization Chart 2010-2011", Retrieved on March 6, 2011.
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