Shin-Etsu Group Original Calendar 2018
~Alongside the richness of nature~
The Shin-Etsu Group’s aim is to “contribute to the Earth’s future.”
One of our main products is rare earth magnets. They play an important role in energy-saving as one of the most essential components in the production of motors used in hybrid and electric vehicles, air conditioners, wind power generation, and other applications. Rare earth magnets are also used in industrial robots, which contribute to automation and achieve higher productivity of manufacturing. We are the only manufacturer in the world that handles the entire magnet production process, from the separation and refinement of rare earth materials, to the casting of magnets. We also promote the recycling of rare earth elements in order to more effectively utilize this limited resource.
We have our production and sales bases in nine countries including Japan, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., and they provide a stable supply of high-quality products to the world. We are currently working to expand our production capacities in Vietnam.
In this calendar, we introduce six of the locations in which our rare earth magnets are produced – Fukui Prefecture in Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, China and Vietnam – to highlight the beautiful natural landscapes those locations offer.
January & February:
Luoping County, China
Luoping County is a hilly agricultural area in China’s eastern Yunnan Province, speckled with vast fields of canola flowers. When the sunrise bathes Luoping in its gentle light, the scene seems to invite viewers into a dream-like world. In spring, blooming canola flowers cover the earth as far as the eye can see.
March & April:
Maruoka Castle, Fukui Prefecture, Japan
Maruoka Castle was built in 1576 on the orders of Shibata Katsutoyo, nephew of warlord Shibata Katsuie, and it is also known by the name, Kasumi-ga-jo or the Castle of Mist. The central tower (or tenshu) has been designated an important cultural property by the government of Japan, and the rest of the castle grounds have been made into a park. It is known as one of Japan’s 100 greatest cherry blossom viewing sites, and the castle grounds become a riot of color every spring with the blooming of more than 400 Yoshino cherry trees.
May & June:
Luzon Island, the Philippines
Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines archipelago, and home to the nation’s capital city, Manila. With mountains in the north, plainlands in the center, and volcanoes and lakes in the south, it is a microcosm of nature’s richness. Mayon Volcano towers more than 2,400 meters high, and its beautiful conical form is not unlike that of Mount Fuji.
July & August:
Tun Sakaran Marine Park, Malaysia
Tun Sakaran Marine Park can be found off Malaysia’s east coast, where it encompasses many of the islands that lie northeast of the town of Semporna. Its incredible marine biodiversity attracts scuba divers and nature lovers alike. The landscape is a refreshing, interwoven tapestry of blue seas and blue skies soothing to both the body and soul.
September & October:
Erawan Falls, Thailand
Visit Erawan National Park in western Thailand, northwest of the town of Kanchanaburi. Located near the border with Myanmar, this is where you will find Erawan Falls, celebrated as the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. Erawan Falls is characterized by its seven tiers that offer places to swim, places to view the falls from the shade of trees, places where the water falls a great distance, and more.
November & December:
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam (World Heritage Site)
Ha Long Bay lies on the northeast coast of Vietnam. It is known as Vietnam’s greatest scenic spot, and wondrously-shaped stone formations thrust up from the surface of its waters. It has also been called Guilin of the Sea for its similarity to the incredible Karst Hills landscape of Guilin in China. Home to a variety of wildlife, it is registered on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.