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Company's History

Company's History

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. began with the coming together of Nagano Prefecture's (Shinano-area) water and Niigata Prefecture's (Echigo-area) limestone.

Nagano Prefecture's plentiful water give birth to electric power and the limestone that came from Niigata Prefecture was a key raw material, which was called, "Oyashirazu's great earth."
Because of the presence of these two gifts of nature, Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer Co., Ltd. was founded on September, 1926 to manufacture chemical fertilizer and limestone nitrogen. The history of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. began from this point.The company's "Shin" comes from Shinano and "Etsu" is taken from Echigo.


This is a new corporate symbol that visually represents the future image of the Shin-Etsu Group which are pursuing.


The corporate symbol is an integration of images representing "high technology","high quality","dynamism","challenging spirit", and "flexibility".


The "light" in the center represents the "activating source" that links the "potential of the earth" with "people's ambitions". It also represents the advanced technology that will lead to future expansion and new values. The Shin-Etsu Group, whose aim is to become a world leader, has named this symbol the "Memorable Glow", in the hope of shining eternally.


Organization History

A chronology of domestic development Year A chronology of the establishment of Shin-Etsu's global network
Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer Co., Ltd.
(Founding company)
Naoetsu Plant constructed 1927
First facility of today's Gunma Complex established 1938
Name changed to Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. 1940
Takefu Plant constructed 1945
Shares listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange 1949
Nissin Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. established 1955
Shin-Etsu Polymer Co., Ltd. established 1960 C.I.R.E.S. (Portugal)
Shin-Etsu Astech Co., Ltd. established 1962
Shin-Etsu Metallurgical Co., Ltd., established
Shin-Etsu Handotai Co., Ltd. established
Kashima Vinyl Chloride Monomer Co., Ltd. established
Shin-Etsu Vinyl Acetate Co., Ltd. established
Naoetsu Electronics Co., Ltd. established 1969
Kashima Plant constructed 1970
Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. established 1972
1973 Shintech, Inc. (U.S.A.)
S.E.H. Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.
Shin-Etsu Engineering Co., Ltd. established
PVC Research Center and
Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center
Specialty Chemicals Research Center
and Magnetic Materials Research Center
Shin-Etsu Kasei Co., Ltd. established 1978
1979 Shin-Etsu Handotai America, Inc. (S.E.H. America)
Shin-Etsu Handotai Shirakawa Plant constructed 1984 Shin-Etsu Handotai Europe, Ltd. (S.E.H. Europe)
1985 K-Bin, Inc. (U.S.A.)
Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc.
Shin-Etsu Sealant Co., Ltd. established 1986 Shin-Etsu Silicone Korea Co., Ltd.
1987 Shin-Etsu Silicone Taiwan Co., Ltd
Advanced Functional Materials Research Center
1988 Shin-Etsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
1989 Biocontrol Ltd. (Australia)
MicroSi, Inc. (U.S.A.)
Shin-Etsu Silicones Europe B.V. (The Netherlands)
1990 Shin-Etsu International Europe B.V. (The Netherlands)
Shin-Etsu Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Shin-Etsu Bio, Inc. (U.S.A.)
Heraeus Shin-Etsu America, Inc. (U.S.A.)
1991 Shincor Silicones, Inc. (U.S.A.)
Matsuida plant of Gunma Complex constructed 1992
1993 Shin-Etsu Magnetics, Inc. (U.S.A.)
S.E.H. (Shah Alam) Sdn. Bhd. (Malaysia)
1995 Shin-Etsu Opto Electronic Co., Ltd. (Taiwan)
Shin-Etsu Electronics (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
Shin-Etsu Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Shin-Etsu Handotai Taiwan Co., Ltd.
  1996 Simcoa Operations Pty. Ltd. (Australia)
1997 Silica Products, Inc. established
1999 A Dutch PVC business purchased and Shin-Etsu PVC B.V. established
New Functional Materials Research Center
2001 Asia Silicones Monomer Ltd. established
PVC Research Center was changed to
PVC & Polymer Materials Research Center
2002 Zhejiang Shin-Etsu High-Tech Chemical Co., Ltd. established
  2003 Shin-Etsu Silicone International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established SE Tylose GmbH&Co. KG established.
becoming a wholly owned Shin-Etsu Group company
TOB (take-over bid) of
Mimasu Semiconductor Industry Co.,Ltd completed
  2008 The first phase construction completed at the No.1 Plant at Plaquemine of Shintech.
  2010 The second phase construction completed at the No.1 Plant at Plaquemine of Shintech.
  2011 The construction completed at the No.2 Plant at Plaquemine of Shintech.
Shin-Etsu Magnetic Materials Vietnam Co., Ltd. and Shin-Etsu Electronics Materials Vietnam Co., Ltd. established.
  2012 Shin-Etsu (Changting) Technology Co., Ltd. established.
  2013 Asia Silicones Monomer Limited to become a wholly owned Shin-Etsu Group Company
  2015 Shintech Inc. announced plans for the construction of an ethylene production plant.
Shin-Etsu YOFC(Hubei) Optical Preform Co.,Ltd. established