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(September 16, 1926)|
(as Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer)
|Headquarters||6-1, Ohtemachi 2-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan|
|Revenue||Y 1,165.8 billion) (FY 2013)|
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11px $ 1.1 billion (FY 2013)(Y 113.6 billion) (FY 2013)
Number of employees
|17,892 (as of April 28, 2014)|
Footnotes / references|
Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (信越化学工業株式会社 Shin'etsu Kagaku Kōgyō Kabushiki-gaisha?) is the largest chemical company in Japan, ranked No. 9 in Forbes Global 2000 for chemical sector. Shin-Etsu has the largest global market share for polyvinyl chloride, semiconductor silicon, and photomask substrates.
“Shin-Etsu” in the company's name derives from Shin'etsu Region, where the company established the first chemical plant as Shin-Etsu Nitrogen Fertilizer in 1926, though the company today is headquartered in Tokyo and has its manufacturing locations in 14 countries worldwide.
Shin-Etsu splits its business into three distinct groups:
- Organic and inorganic chemicals
- Main products: polyvinyl chloride (PVC), silicones, methanol, chloromethane, cellulose derivatives, povals, caustic soda, and silicon metals
- Electronics materials
- Main products: semiconductor silicon, organic materials, rare earth magnets for the electronics industry and photoresist products
- Functional materials
- Main products: synthetic quartz, rare earth and rare-earth magnets for general use
- Fingleton, Eamonn (March 2015). Is This The Most Successful Tech Giant You've Never Heard Of? Forbes
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