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PVC Division

PVC Dept.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC)
Phone:+81-3-3246-5071 FAX:+81-3-3246-5369


Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
White powder-form PVC polymer and pellet-form compound.

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a general-use resin that is finding wide application in goods used in daily life and in all kinds of industrial materials. Petroleum accounts for only about 40% of the raw materials for PVC, and the manufacturing process places a relatively small burden on the environment. Moreover, PVC has great durability and is easy to recycle, it has a wide range of applications as a substitute for wood, and thus has many excellent characteristics from the viewpoint of resource conservation, energy-saving, and the environment.


Shin-Etsu Chemical has taken the lead in the PVC industry by developing a manufacturing process which incorporates its own original large polymerization and non-scale technologies. At the present time, the Shin-Etsu Group is the world's largest PVC producer, with large-scale production capacity in the three main markets - Japan, the U.S. and Europe - and is providing a steady supply of this excellent material to the world.

PVC is an excellent, fire-resistant plastic, and is widely used in construction materials such as window frames and siding.

PVC is easy to recycle and thus helps save resources. In Japan, more than 50% of the plastic used for agricultural greenhouses is recycled.
Piping and pipe parts using PVC are dependable, safe and economical basic components that help create an essential part of modern society's construction infrastructure.
Cross-sectional drawing of sash made with PVC. Sash made with PVC is superior in preventing condensation and in providing soundproofing and insulation. PVC is attracting attention as a building material that creates a comfortable housing environment while contributing to energy conservation.


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It was the PVC business that gave the Shin-Etsu Group its start in globalizing its business structure. In 1960, we founded CIRES, S.A. in Portugal. This was the first time for a Japanese chemical company to set up a PVC production base overseas. Then in 1973, we set up Shintech Inc. in the U.S., getting a start in the world's largest market for PVC. In 1999, construction work began on Shintech's second plant, and Shin-Etsu PVC B.V. was established in the Netherlands after Shin-Etsu acquired a company there. Thus the Shin-Etsu Group has gone forward with a tripolar system for developing major production bases in the world's three principal markets for PVC. As a result, the total production capacity of the Shin-Etsu Group has become the world's largest, with its current yearly production capacity of 3.5 million tons.
North America Europe
Shintech Inc. Shin-Etsu PVC B.V.(The Netherlands)
CIRES, S.A.(Portugal)

Freeport Plant, Shintech Inc.

Addis Plant, Shintech Inc.

Shin-Etsu PVC B.V.


Chlor,Alkali&Derivatives Dept.

Caustic soda, Hydrochloric acid, Methanol, Chloromethane, Shin-Etsu SOLEANA, Sodium hypochlorite
Phone:+81-3-3246-5081 FAX:+81-3-3246-5089



Shin-Etsu Chemical produces high-purity chloromethane using its own original reaction technology and refining technology. Methylene chloride is one variety of chloromethane and was used as the base for developing "Shin-Etsu SOLEANA," which is used as a cleaning agent for metals and precision instruments and a cleaning solvent for molds for plastic parts.

Methanol is the simplest alcohol in structure, so it is used in antifreeze, solvents and dissolvents, and also as a chemical reagent in the production of many organic chemical compounds. Methanol is also used to produce cellulose derivatives.

A low-pollution vehicle, using methanol as its fuel. It reduces the amount of NOx emitted by about half as compared with diesel vehicles.

Caustic Soda
Caustic soda is produced by electrolysis of industrial salt, and is widely used in the chemical industry as a basic material. It is used in products we use frequently in daily life such as synthetic textiles, paper and pulp, soap, and food. Much is also used in the inorganic chemical products field.

Caustic soda is used in producing soluble pulp, and as a raw material in paper products.