Shin-Etsu Group Original Calendar 2017
~Coexisting With Water~
The 2017 Shin-Etsu Group calendar is based on the themes of “silicone” and “water.”
The Shin-Etsu Group was the first in Japan to successfully commercialize silicone in 1953. Since then, we have developed advanced technological strength and carried out diligent research and development to meet a great variety of requests from many different customers. As a result, we currently offer more than 5,000 products and have won a share that exceeds 50% in Japan. We are also carrying out ambitious business in countries overseas and have opened production and sales bases in 11 countries including Asia, Europe, and the United States. In this way, we have earned the trust of customers around the world.
Together with this global business, the Group is constantly working to conserve resources and reduce our environmental burden. We make efforts to harmonize with the global environment and contribute to the future.
Water is an important global resource and a symbol of the rich nature that is the source of life. This calendar features bodies of water from six regions around the world where we have Group silicone business bases: Gunma Prefecture, the Netherlands, Thailand, the United States and China, as well as Australia, which is a production base for silicon metal, a raw material of silicone.
January & February:
Mount Akagi/Gunma Prefecture
Mount Akagi/Gunma Prefecture
Mount Akagi, one of the Three Jomo Mountains, has been beloved by people since ancient times and was selected as one of the One Hundred Mountains of Japan. It is covered in lush trees. The area near the highest peak, which has an elevation of 1,828 meters, features varied nature including a lake formed by volcanic eruption and wetlands with many plants.
March & April:
Kinderdijk (World Heritage)/Netherlands
Kinderdijk in southeast Rotterdam is known for its windmills along canals. The windmills were built in the mid-18th century and have served important roles in human lives including land reclamation. They are always maintained in a working state and are now a famous tourist attraction.
May & June:
Karijini National Park/Australia
Karijini National Park in Western Australia has many appealing natural features. Erosion over more than two billion years has created diverse terrain including rugged valleys, waterfalls, springs and underground rivers. The park is also home to many living creatures such as rare plants and numerous wild birds.
July & August:
Chao Phraya River and Wat Arun/Thailand
Wat Arun is a Buddhist temple on the Chao Phraya River, which flows through Bangkok. One of the most famous sights in Bangkok is the view of the temple’s one large and four small towers across the river. It is also called the “Temple of Dawn” because an 18th century general, who later became king, arrived there at daybreak.
September & October:
Sharon Woods Gorge/the United States
Sharon Woods Gorge is located in southwest Ohio, the location of prosperous manufacturing and agriculture. Many people love to hike in this popular spot. In the autumn, visitors can enjoy the vividly colored foliage near the waterfalls.
November & December:
Shantang Street (World Heritage)/China
Shantang Street, a famous sightseeing spot in Suzhou, was built by poet and Suzhou Government Official Bai Juyi in the 9th century as part of a canal project. Prosperous commerce developed in this region afterwards. The historical, atmospheric streetscape has been restored, and in 2014 it was designated as part of the World Heritage Site called “The Grand Canal”.