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Shin-Etsu Group's products which contribute to the solution
of the UN "Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)"

The Shin-Etsu Group does its best to solve various social issues, and it implements this through our Corporate Mission Statement to "contribute to people's daily lives as well as to the advance of industry and society by creating value through providing key materials and technologies."
Products borne from these efforts also contribute to solving the UN "Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)".

Shin-Etsu Group solutions as viewed by SDGs targets

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SDGs TargetsOur ProductsSolution Example
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Goal 2

ZERO HUNGER
End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)PVC is used for agricultural films such as vinyl plastic hothouses and plastic tunnel culture. It provides agricultural materials indispensable to grow vegetables and other crops.
Synthetic pheromonesSynthetic pheromonesSynthetic pheromones provide a new type of agricultural material that suppresses the mating of harmful insects to prevent the growth of the next generation of such insects. Since it aims only at eliminating agricultural insects, it enables the cultivation of agricultural products without disturbing the ecosystem, including many living creatures, such as these insects' natural enemies.
Biodegradable runner clipsBiodegradable runner clipsBiodegradable runner clips are used to fix agricultural products during agricultural work. They do not need to be collected after use because they are decomposed by microorganisms.
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Goal 3

GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Cellulose derivativesCellulose derivatives
  • If Cellulose derivatives are added to tablets, they enable the adjustment of the location of the tablets' dissolution, the amount dissolved, and the time required for their dissolution in the body.
  • The bitterness and smell of tablets can be eliminated by covering them with cellulose films, making them easier to take.
  • Cellulose derivatives are used to manufacture catalyst carriers and filters, which purify exhaust gas generated from the internal-combustion engines of vehicles and other systems that use gasoline or light oil.
  • They contribute to improving the atmospheric environment by preventing the emission of NOx and SOx in exhaust gas and diesel soot, thus allowing people to lead a healthy life.
SiliconesSiliconesSilicones are used to provide contact lenses with oxygen permeability. They help enhance the performance of contact lenses.
Rare earth magnetsSiliconesSemiconductor siliconRare earth magnets
Silicones
Semiconductor silicon
These products are used for the joint motors of nursing care and support robots, such as to help reduce heavy workloads for nurses and caregivers, cushioning, and electronic device control.
Rare earthRare earthRare earth is used for scintillator materials for diagnostic imaging systems such as CT scanning and PET. It contributes to reducing X-ray doses, high-speed diagnosis, and improving diagnostic accuracy.
Semiconductor encapsulating materialsSemiconductor encapsulating materialsSemiconductor encapsulating materials are used for electronic devices (such as monitors and sensors) for medical equipment (MRI and medical testers).
CathetersCathetersIn some cases, the use of catheters enables treatment and testing without performing surgical operations.
Wrapping filmWrapping filmWrapping films maintain foods, etc., in a sanitary condition when storing them. They also allow them to be preserved over a long period of time.
Copolymer resin emulsionsCopolymer resin emulsionsThe application of wall paper coated with copolymer resin emulsions in hotels and houses help dissolve smells generated by human activities.
Polyvinyl alcoholPolyvinyl alcohol
  • Coating the surface of tablets with polyvinyl alcohol, which has high gas barrier properties, contributes to preventing the degeneration of medicines and reducing their smells.
  • The fibers of polyvinyl alcohol replace asbestos, which causes mesothelioma and pneumoconiosis. They prevent exposure to asbestos from construction materials, etc.
Synthetic quartz wafersSynthetic quartz wafersIn DNA analysis, synthetic quartz wafers are used for fixed DNA sequencing boards for detection. They contribute to reducing the analytical time and improving the resolution.
Synthetic quartz preforms for optical fibersSynthetic quartz preforms for optical fibersSynthetic quartz fibers are used for some medical endoscopes and fiber scopes. Compared to previous ones, they reduce the burden on patients and enable more accurate diagnosis and treatment.
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Goal 4

QUALITY EDUCATION
Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Synthetic quartz wafersSynthetic quartz wafersSynthetic quartz wafers are used for TFT liquid crystal panels for educational data projectors at schools and other institutions. They project a larger image of the teaching materials to clarify the aims of learning and allow students to easily share what they are studying.
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Goal 6

CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Sodium hypochloriteSodium hypochloriteTap water and drinking water are made safe and sanitary by using high-quality sodium hypochlorite with less impurities to sterilize the water.
Synthetic pheromonesSynthetic pheromonesSynthetic pheromones are used to fix agricultural products during agricultural work. They help reduce the amount of agricultural chemicals used, thus reducing water contamination due to agricultural chemicals.
Quartz glass for lampsQuartz glass for lampsUltraviolet lamps using quartz glass tubes sterilize super-pure water and drinking water to secure safe, high-quality water. They are also used to sterilize foodstuffs.
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Goal 7

AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Rare earth magnetsRare earth magnetsRare earth magnets contribute to making wind power generators highly efficient.
SiliconesSiliconesSolar batteries can be used for 30 years or more by sealing their modules with weather-resistant, durable silicone.
Cellulose derivativesCellulose derivativesCellulose derivatives are used to mold electrolytic ceramics for solid-oxide fuel cells, which are used for the Ene-Farm home-use fuel cell.
Rare earthRare earth
  • Rare earth is used as a material for fluorescent substances, which convert the color of LED to white. The use of long-life LED for lighting and displays contributes to energy conservation.
  • Rare earth is used for ceramic materials, which are indispensable to new energy systems such as wind power generation and fuel cells.
Semiconductor siliconSemiconductor siliconSemiconductor devices using semiconductor silicon to enable substantial power conservation through the inverters for which they are used.
Carbon mold separatorCarbon mold separatorCarbon mold separators are used as one of clean fuel cells' principal components.
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Goal 9

INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
PVC pipePVC pipeThe use of highly durable PVC for PVC pipes and joints makes replacement of service water and sewage piping unnecessary for at least 50 years.
Semiconductor siliconPhotoresistsPhotomask blanksSemiconductor encapsulating materialsQuartz glass products for semiconductor manufacturingSemiconductor silicon
Photoresists, Photomask blanks
Semiconductor encapsulating materials
Quartz glass products for semiconductor manufacturing
  • These products contribute to development of next-generation semiconductors such as stacked three-dimensional semiconductors.
  • They provide materials and technologies indispensable to artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT, which means that everything is connected to the Internet through networks), and smart grids.
Synthetic quartz preforms for optical fibersSynthetic quartz glass for fiber opticsSynthetic quartz preforms for optical fibers
Synthetic quartz glass for fiber optics
These products are used as materials for optical fibers, which are essential for the information society.
Oxide single crystals (Lithium Tantalate)Oxide single crystals (Lithium Tantalate)Oxide single crystals are used for mobile phones' SAW filters, contributing to enhancing the functions of mobile phones and improving their sound quality.
Cellulose derivativesCellulose derivatives
  • Cellulose derivatives improve the resistance of bridge piers to massive earthquakes, thus making their structures stronger.
  • During non-excavation work for old sewage pipes, cellulose derivatives are added to heighten the liquidity of mortar to fill gaps inside the pipes.
Rare earthRare earth
  • Rare earth is used for electronic components, which are indispensable to smartphones as they become smaller and smaller and offer increasingly high performance, as well as for the safe driving of vehicles and automated operation systems.
  • Highly plasma-resistant rare earth materials are attracting attention as they enhance the performance of semiconductor production equipment as semiconductor devices indispensable to AI, IoT, and smart grids evolve.
Silicone/acrylic group hybrid resinSilicone/acrylic group hybrid resinThese products are used for industrial hoses and abrasion-resistant electric cables. They strengthen the durability of such hoses and electric cables by being combined with major types of resin used for hoses and electric cables.
Shin-Etsu capacitor filmsShin-Etsu capacitor films
  • The use of Shin-Etsu capacitor films makes the replacement of condensers for power transmission networks unnecessary for 30 years.
  • They are used for condensers at frequency converter stations (east-west interconnection) to contribute to the stable supply of electricity.
Shin-Etsu self lock bantageShin-Etsu self lock bantageIf water leaks from water pipes and other pipes, they can be repaired simply by stretching and winding this bandage around the pipe, which makes maintenance easy.
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Goal 11

SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Toilet BoothToilet BoothThis toilet booth reduces the risk of a finger being caught in the booth. In addition, if, for example, an accident (such as a sudden illness or other unexpected event) occurs when it is being used, the door can easily be opened from the outside. These functions provide a safe toilet space.
Semiconductor siliconSemiconductor siliconThis high-performance semiconductor silicon used for surveillance cameras and monitor camera sensors contributes to crime prevention and improving the safety of vehicles.
Polyvinyl alcoholPolyvinyl alcoholPolyvinyl alcohol provides the raw materials for polyvinyl butyral, which is used for the intermediate films of window glass for vehicles and buildings. It helps prevent fragments of glass from scattering when glass is broken due to an accident or similar.
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Goal 12

RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Sodium hypochloriteSodium hypochloriteTap water and drinking water are made safe and sanitary by using high-quality sodium hypochlorite with less impurities to sterilize the water.
Cellulose derivativesCellulose derivativesCellulose derivatives use natural cellulose for raw materials. They are biodegradable and return to nature after use.
Embossed carrier tapesEmbossed carrier tapesEmbossed carrier tapes are used to transport minimum-chip electronic components. They contribute to resource conservation by reducing the amount of tape used and discarded compared to their predecessor products.
HSPHSPHSP is a jig plate used in the electronic component manufacturing process for fixation. The use of slightly adhesive silicones for raw materials eliminates the need for adhesive tapes. In addition, HSP can be used repeatedly.
Shin-Etsu polyca toffShin-Etsu polyca toffMaterials recycled from polycarbonate are used for at least 50% of the product.
Conductive polymer (SEPLEGYDA®)Conductive polymer (SEPLEGYDA®)Conductive polymers are used for hybrid electrolytic condensers with aluminum. They help reduce the quantity and area of condensers used compared to electrolytic aluminum condensers.
Biodegradable runner clipsBiodegradable runner clipsBiodegradable runner clips are used to fix agricultural products during farm work. They do not need to be collected because they are decomposed by microorganisms in the ground after they are used.
Functionality compounds EXELAST SX seriesFunctionality compounds
EXELAST SX series
This product is lighter than the previous rubber glass runs, contributing to lower fuel consumption for vehicles.
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Goal 13

CLIMATE ACTION
Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)PVC window reduce the amount of heat that escapes from windows by 71% compared to aluminum windows.
Rare earth magnetsRare earth magnets
  • Rare earth magnets improve the power generation efficiency of wind power generators.
  • The use of rare earth magnets for the compressor motor of air-conditioning systems increases energy consumption efficiency and reduces power consumption.
  • The use of rare earth magnets for industrial motors increases motor efficiency and reduces power consumption.
  • The use of high-performance small rare earth magnets for the driving motor of hybrid cars, electric vehicles, and fuel-cell vehicles and various motors for vehicles helps reduce the overall weight of the cars or vehicles, thus increasing fuel efficiency.
Semiconductor siliconPhotoresistsPhotomask blanksSemiconductor encapsulating materialsQuartz glass products for semiconductor manufacturingSemiconductor silicon
Photoresists, Photomask blanks
Semiconductor encapsulating materials
Quartz glass products for semiconductor manufacturing
These products are used for electronic devices that control the fuel efficiency of motor vehicles.
Silicon tetrachlorideSilicon tetrachlorideSilicon tetrachloride is used for compounds and materials that constitute Green Tire, which improves fuel efficiency by reducing rolling resistance.
Semiconductor siliconSemiconductor siliconInsulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBT) are used for the inverters of hybrid cars, electric vehicles, and fuel-cell vehicles, contributing to substantial reductions in CO2 emissions.
LED encapsulating materialsLED encapsulating materialsAmong long-life, energy-saving LED optical modules, silicone packaging materials are used for most of the major components other than LED.
Anode material of lithium ion batteriesAnode material of lithium ion batteriesThe anode material of lithium ion batteries increases the capacity and output of lithium ion secondary batteries.
Silicone/acrylic group hybrid resinSilicone/acrylic group hybrid resinThis product is used for window frame gaskets and packing. It increases the airtightness of windows by making them smoother and more durable.
Office automation rollerOffice automation rollerDevelopment of rollers with a particularly small external diameter contributes to reducing the power consumption of printers.
Plastic tape frame, Frame cassettePlastic tape frame
Frame cassette
The weight of these products is half or less than that of the previous metallic ones, thus reducing CO2 emissions during transport.
SiliconesSilicones
  • Silicones are used as raw materials for ship bottom paint. They prevent marine organisms from sticking to the ship bottom, thereby improving the fuel efficiency of ships.
  • Replacement of metallic automotive components with silicone products increases the fuel efficiency of motor vehicles.
Input deviceInput deviceConventional mechanical switches consist of many parts such as buttons and frames, but touch switches are comprised of a sheet of film. This conserves resources and reduces the weight of switches. The use of these for onboard switches leads to a reduction in the overall weight of a car, improving its fuel efficiency.
Embossed carrier tapesEmbossed carrier tapesEmbossed carrier tapes are used to transport minimum-chip electronic components. They contribute to energy conservation by reducing the amount of tape used and reduced compared to their predecessor products.
Wafer CasesWafer CasesWafer cases are used for transport between semiconductor silicon manufacturers and device manufactures. Their overall weight is reduced by using a smaller number of parts, and this enables reduction in energy consumption during transport.
ShupuaShupuaShupua consists of glass made from silicon rubber. It can be manufactured using a smaller amount of energy than glass.
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Goal 14

LIFE BELOW WATER
Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Cellulose derivativesCellulose derivativesThe addition of cellulose derivatives to concrete reduces its separation in water. This makes it possible to cast concrete without polluting water.
SiliconesSiliconesSilicones are used as raw materials for ship bottom paint and antifouling agents for fishing nets. They help prevent marine organisms from sticking to them, protecting the ocean ecosystem.
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Goal 15

LIFE ON LAND
Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Caustic soda and Hydrochloric acidCaustic soda and Hydrochloric acidCaustic soda and hydrochloric acid make harmful substances generated from productive operations harmless, protecting the air and aquatic environment.
Synthetic pheromonesSynthetic pheromones
  • Synthetic pheromones provide a new type of agricultural material that inhibits the mating of harmful insects to reduce the next generation of these insects.
  • Since they are intended to eliminate only agricultural insects, they enable cultivation of agricultural products without disturbing many organisms, including natural enemies of such insects, in the ecosystem.
  • They help keep down the amount of agricultural chemicals used, thereby reducing soil contamination by agricultural chemicals.
SiliconesSiliconesThe use of silicones as a spreader for agricultural chemicals makes them spread easily. As a result, the amount of agricultural chemicals sprinkled can be reduced.
Yosaku Sheet (Fumigation Sheets)Yosaku Sheet
(Fumigation Sheets)
Yosaku sheets are used to cover damaged pines when they undergo fumigation. Since they are biodegradable, they contribute to environmental protection even after they are used.
Biodegradable runner clipsBiodegradable runner clipsBiodegradable runner clips are agricultural materials used to fix agricultural products. They do not contaminate soil because they are decomposed by microorganisms in the ground after they are used.