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Examples Applications

  • Diapers Image
    (Superabsorbent Polymers)
  • Fabric detergents Image
    Fabric detergents
    (Ethylene oxide, Ethanolamine, Secondary alcohol ethoxylates)
  • Flat panel display Image
    Flat panel displays
    (Acrylic resin for optical films, Resist polymers for color filter)
  • Fuel-cell materials Image
    Batteries for electric vehicles
    (Electrolyte for lithium-ion batteries)

※in parentheses are our products, whitch are the raw materials to make products indicated before them.

Global expansion of Acrylic Acid(“AA”) and Superabsorbent Polymers(“SAP”)

Nippon Shokubai is a global chemical company, and boasts the world's top-class production capacity for acrylic acid and superabsorbent polymers. Acrylic acid was developed by establishing a method of propylene direct oxidation* – another world first in 1970 – and a technology that has been widely adopted among leading overseas acrylic acid manufacturers. Nippon Shokubai produces not only acrylic acid but also derivative products, such as acrylates and superabsorbent polymers. These products are used as raw materials for paints, adhesives, diapers and so on. Since they are in high demand, Nippon Shokubai continues to operate its acrylic acid plants at full production capacity.
* An oxidation method in which propylene and oxygen are directly oxidized via a catalyst

Global Launch of our Core Business

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Global expansion

Nippon Shokubai has been expanding its core businesses in superabsorbent polymers and acrylic acid globally, beginning with the establishment of a production base for the former in Tennessee, USA, in 1988. Today, with production bases in Japan, the US, Belgium, China, Indonesia, and Singapore, we provide a stable supply of the products on a global scale.

The strengths of Nippon Shokubai's SAP

Superabsorbent polymers are used mainly in diapers. By drawing on the company's strengths such as its high product development capability, innovative manufacturing processes, in-house-manufactured raw materials and intellectual property strategy, Nippon Shokubai boasts the world's top-level market share.

AA Production Capacity

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SAP Production Capacity

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Nippon Shokubai Group Mission / Safety Philosophy

A History of Pursuing Challenges

History Technology innovation

Origin of company name, Nippon Shokubai Co., Ltd.

Shokubai is Japanese for "catalyst." Catalysts are essential in the manufacture of chemical products; our name conveys the drive for growth through developing proprietary catalysts and refining their capabilities.

Commitment to proprietary technology

The word Nippon ("Japan") in Nippon Shokubai reflects our commitment to developing technologies in-house.
Whereas many chemical companies adopt technology from overseas, Nippon Shokubai has focused on product development using proprietary technology since its founding.

Manufacturing technology expertise

As Nippon Shokubai's production processes are also developed in-house, it is proud of its manufacturing technology expertise, which constantly evolves through steady improvements made on the production floor.

Nippon Shokubai Process for acrylic acid a world first

Based on the direct oxidation of propylene, Nippon Shokubai's acrylic acid production technology is adopted over the world. Licensees of the technology include major acrylic acid manufacturers.

Superabsorbent polymers

In 1985, Nippon Shokubai began full-scale production of superabsorbent polymers at a plant with an annual capacity of 10,000 tons. With their application in diapers, its annual production capacity has grown to 710,000 tons over a quarter century later.We are further strengthening its competitiveness through developing SAP to higher performance and cost reduction throughout the supply chain.

Selection and focus

In 2003, Nippon Shokubai made a strategic decision to withdraw from the phthalic anhydride business, which had been a product since the company's founding, to concentrate on other areas. The company has since developed a structure that earns solid revenue from its core businesses in acrylic acid, superabsorbent polymers, and ethylene oxide.

SAP plant in Belgium

Long-term Vision "TechnoAmenity for the future"

Long-term vision for FY2030 TechnoAmenity for the future

FY2030 Goals

  • Provide materials and solutions required by people and society
  • Become a chemical company that keeps evolving by identifying social trends
  • Develop with various stakeholders inside and outside the company

Mid-term Management Plan  "TechnoAmenity for the Future-I"

This new mid-term management plan defines the first three years of actions to solidify a foundation in each of our fields and spearhead various initiatives toward transformations that will accomplish our long-term vision for FY2030.

Initiatives and Target through FY2024