Specialty Chemicals Business

Business Overview


Our main specialty chemical products are cellulose derivatives, environmentally friendly materials made from natural polymer cellulose. Cellulose derivatives have several versatile applications in a variety of fields, ranging from pharmaceuticals and foods to construction materials, engineering projects, coatings, ceramics, paper processing, cosmetics and toiletries. The Shin-Etsu Group began manufacturing cellulose derivatives in 1962. Currently, we have the largest share in Japan and meet global needs as the world's foremost manufacturer with bases in Japan, Europe and the United States. In addition, we provide synthetic pheromones used for agricultural pest control and functional resin POVAL. We also provide a variety of other products, including silicon metal, a main ingredient in silicones and synthetic quartz.