Polyvinyl chloride resins (PVC) are general-purpose resins used in a wide range of applications, from everyday products to all kinds of industrial materials. This is one of the Group's core businesses. The Group became one of the first Japanese chemical manufacturers to establish a polyvinyl chloride manufacturing base overseas. Shintech in the U.S. from the time it began operations in 1974 with yearly production of 100,000 tons of PVC has carried out numerous expansions, and today it has expanded its annual PVC production capacity to 2.95 million tons. The Shin-Etsu Group, the world's largest maker of PVC, has PVC manufacturing plants in the U.S., Europe and Japan with annual production of 4.15 million tons, and is reliably supplying this superior material throughout the world.