Shin-Etsu Chemical

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Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.
Native name 信越化学工業株式会社
Type Public KK (TYO: 4063)
Industry Chemicals
Founded 1926 (as Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer)
Headquarters Tokyo, Japan
Key people Chihiro Kanagawa, President & CEO
Products Chemicals
Revenue Increase ¥ 1,376,365 million JPY (FY 2007)
Net income Increase ¥ 183,580 million JPY (FY 2007)
Employees 20,241 (2008)

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (信越化学工業株式会社 Shin'etsu Kagaku Kōgyō Kabushiki Kaisha?) 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.

“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[citation needed]



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