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History

1941
  • Established as Osame Gosei Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1943
  • Opened Suita Plant
1949
  • Company renamed Nippon Shokubai Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1950
  • Opened Tokyo Branch Office (currently Tokyo Office)
1952
  • Listed on the first section of the Osaka Securities Exchange
1956
  • Opened Amagasaki Factory
  • Listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange
1959
  • Opened Kawasaki Plant (currently Kawasaki Chidori Plant)
1960
  • Opened Himeji Factory (currently Himeji Plant)
1961
  • Moved Head Office to Koraibashi, Higashi-ku, Osaka
1967
  • Opened Kawasaki Second Factory (currently Kawasaki Ukishima Plant)
1968
  • Established Nisshoku Aro Chemicals Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Ashland Oil Inc., USA
1969
  • Established Nisshoku Schenectady Kagaku Inc., a joint venture with Schenectady Chemicals, USA
1970
  • Closed Amagasaki Factory
1971
  • Established NIPPON POLYMER INDUSTRIES CO., LTD. a joint venture with Toyo Ink Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1981
  • Renamed Research Laboratory to Central Laboratory
  • Founded Resin Research Laboratory, Kawasaki Laboratory, and Himeji Laboratory
1982
  • Established Nippon Methacryl Monomer Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
1983
  • Founded Catalyst Research Laboratory
1988
  • Established NA Industries, Inc. (currently Nippon Shokubai America Industries, Inc.) in Tennessee, USA
  • Opened Sanda Factory
  • Founded Tsukuba Research Laboratory
1990
  • Established NIPPON SHOKUBAI GmbH in Germany
  • Establishment of ULTRASORB Chemikalien GmbH, a joint venture with BASF Corporation in Germany
  • Acquired new plant land in Oita Prefecture
1991
  • Established Lucky MMA Corp. (currently LG MMA Corporation), a joint venture with Lucky Corp. in Korea and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Company renamed NIPPON SHOKUBAI CO., LTD.
1992
  • Established ICT Inc., a joint venture with Degusa Corporation, USA, and of ICT Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Degusa Japan Co., Ltd.
1994
  • Abolished Central Laboratory, Himeji Laboratory, and Kawasaki Laboratory
  • Founded Performance Development Research Laboratory, Polymers Research Laboratory, and Process Development Research Laboratory
  • Established NS Green Co., Ltd.
1996
  • Established PT. Nisshoku Tripolyta Acrylindo in Indonesia, a joint venture with Toriporita Corporation and Tomen Corpoartion
  • Closed Sanda Factory
1997
  • Established American Acryl NA, LLC and American Acryl L.P. in USA, a joint venture with Elf Atokem North America
1998
  • Established NIPPON SHOKUBAI (ASIA) PTE.LTD. in Singapore
  • Merged with Nisshoku Aro Chemicals Co., Ltd.
1999
  • Established NIPPON SHOKUBAI EUROPE N.V. in Belgium.
  • Acquired a majority share in ULTRASORB Chemikalien GmbH
2000
  • Merged ULTRASORB Chemikalien GmbH with Nippon Shokubai GmbH
  • Founded Strategic Technology Research Center and Performance Chemicals & Materials Research Center by reorganizing Performance Development Research Laboratory, Tsukuba Research Laboratory and Performance Materials Research Laboratory
  • Renamed Process Development Research Laboratory to Process Technology Center.
  • Acquired a majority share in PT. Nisshoku Tripolyta Acrylindo in Indonesia and renamed it to PT. NIPPON SHOKUBAI INDONESIA
2002
  • Acquired acrylic acid business from Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (opened Ehime plant) and transferred methyl methacrylate monomer business to Sumitomo
  • Founded Environmental Engineering and Research Center and Superabsorbents Research Center
  • Transferred business of ULTRASORB Chemikalien GmbH to NIPPON SHOKUBAI EUROPE N.V.
  • Established Solion Corporation, a joint venture with DAI-ICHI KOGYO SEIYAKU CO., LTD
2003
  • Established Japan Composite Co., Ltd., a joint venture with Mitsui Takeda Chemicals, Inc.
  • Established NISSHOKU CHEMICAL INDUSTRY (ZHANGJIAGANG) CO., LTD. in China
  • Renamed Daiko Kaiun Co., Ltd. to Nisshoku Butsuryu Co., Ltd.
2004
  • Founded Advanced Technology Research Center (Advanced Materials Research Laboratory, E&I Materials Research Laboratory and Strategic Technology Research Laboratory) and Fine & Specialty Chemicals Research Center by reorganizing Strategic Technology Research Center, Performance Chemicals & Materials Research Center and Polymers Research Center
  • Incorporated Environmental Engineering and Research Center to Catalyst Research Center
  • Took over AA business in Singapore from Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (acquired SINGAPORE ACRYLIC PTE LTD and SINGAPORE GLACIAL ACRYLIC PTE.LTD.)
  • Opened Shanghai Office
2006
  • Abolished the Advanced Technology Research Center
  • Established the Advanced Materials Research Center, Key Technology Research Center, and E&I Materials Research Center
2007
  • Opened Korea Office
  • Established NISSHOKU TRADING (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China
  • Close Ehime Plant
2008
  • Acquired a majority share in NIPPON NYUKAZAI CO., LTD. and SINO-JAPAN CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
  • Opened Taipei Office
2009
  • Closed Shanghai Office
2012
  • Closed Taipei Office
2013
  • Merged NIPPON SHOKUBAI (ASIA) PTE.LTD. with SINGAPORE GLACIAL ACRYLIC PTE. LTD.
2015
  • Closed Suita plant and bolstered site functions as an R&D base
  • Established Nippon Shokubai Korea Co., Ltd. (Reorganization of Korea Office)
2017
  • Closed Tsukuba Research Center
  • Abolished Research Division
  • Established Innovation & Business Development Division and Research Departments of Business Divisions
  • Acquired a majority share in Sirrus, Inc.