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Top 10 Japan’s chemical companies list in 2017

| Ranking, Reports | 08/27/2017


Top 10 Japan's companies list from chemical industries in 2017

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from chemical industries in 2017

In Japan, 860,000 people work in chemical industry field, and shipment value related to chemical industry is about 40 trillion yen (about 14% of all manufacturing industries). The added value is about 15 trillion yen (about 17% of all manufacturing industries). That is the second largest value added value of transportation machinery & equipment manufacturing industry. The chemical industry is Japan’s basic industry that supplies essential materials for various fields such as automobiles and electronic equipment.

This list comprises the Japan largest public, state-owned, and private businesses by their rankings for sales in all industries.

Type of Products or Services and Number

  • Industrial Materials: 5 companies
  • Imaging: 1 company
  • Cosmetics: 4 companies
  • Housing: 2 company
  • Packaging Materials: 1 company

Founding Years

  • 9 years or less: 0
  • 10 to 19 years: 1 companies
  • 20 to 29 years: 0
  • 30 to 39 years: 0
  • 40 to 49 years: 0
  • 50 to 59 years: 0
  • 60 to 69 years: 0
  • 70 to 79 years: 2 companies
  • 80 to 89 years: 2 companies
  • 90 to 99 years: 3 companies
  • Over 100 years: 2 companies

This list includes companies with over 100 years of establishment, and there are many large companies with long history in Japan. If you are interested in the old company list please also visit here.

No.1 – Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation : 3.3T Yen

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation, is a formed in October 2005 from the merger of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation and Mitsubishi Pharma Corporation. The company engages in the performance products, industrial materials, and health care businesses in Japan and internationally.

Business Lines: Electronics Applications, Designed Materials, Chemicals, Polymers, and Health Care segments
Founded: 2005

No.2 – Fujifilm Holdings Corporation : 2.3T Yen

Fujifilm Holdings Corporation, better known as Fujifilm, is a multinational photography and imaging company headquartered in Tokyo. The company develops, sells and services Imaging, Information, and document solutions. Its products include color films, digital cameras, photofinishing products, and equipment.

Business Lines: Document solutions, Digital imaging, Medical imaging, Cosmetics
Founded: 1934

No.3 – Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited : 1.9T Yen

Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited is a member of the Sumitomo group and was operated in 1913 as a fertilizer manufacturing plant in Ehime Prefecture. Sumitomo Chemical operates in petrochemicals and plastics, energy and functional materials, IT-related chemicals, health and crop sciences, and pharmaceuticals sectors worldwide.

Business Lines: Petrochemical, Energy, Information electronics chemistry, Health and agriculture related business, Pharmaceuticals
Founded: 1925

No.4 – Asahi Kasei Corporation : 1.8T Yen

Asahi Kasei Corporation is a global chemical company, primarily manufactures, processes, and sells chemical products in Japan and internationally. Asahi Kasei began in the year 1931 with the production of chemicals that included ammonia and nitric acids. In 1949, exchanges between stocks started up between Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.

Business Lines: Chemistry, Textiles, Housing, Construction Materials, Electronics, Pharmaceuticals, Medical
Founded: 1931

No.5 – Kao Corporation : 1.4T Yen

Kao Corporation, a chemical and cosmetics company headquartered in Tokyo. Kao was established in 1887 by Tomiro Nagase as a manufacturer of domestic toiletry soap. The company operates through four segments: Beauty Care Business, Human Health Care Business, Fabric and Home Care Business, and Chemical Business.

Business Lines: Beauty Care Business, Human Health Care Business, Fabric and Home Care Business, and Chemical Business
Founded: 1887

No.6 – Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. : 1.2T Yen

Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. manufactures and sells polyvinyl chloride (PVC), semiconductor silicon wafers, and silicones worldwide. Shin-Etsu has the largest global market share for polyvinyl chloride, semiconductor silicon, and photomask substrates. Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. was founded in 1926 and is headquartered in Tokyo.

Business Lines: Organic / inorganic chemical products, electronic materials, functional materials
Founded: 1926

No.7 – Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. : 1.2T Yen

Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. provides chemical products and materials for use in automobile, electronic, general commodity, healthcare, food, housing, energy, and other consumer products in Japan, China, Rest of Asia, North and South America, Europe, and internationally. Mitsui Chemicals was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Tokyo.

Business Lines: Manufacture and sale of functional chemicals, functional resins, basic chemicals, petrochemical products
Founded: 1947

No.8 – Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. : 1T Yen

Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd. engages in housing, urban infrastructure and environmental products (UIEP), and high performance plastics (HPP) businesses worldwide. The company was formerly known as Sekisui Sangyo Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. in 1948. Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Osaka.

Business Lines: Housing / building materials
Founded: 1947

No.9 – Shiseido Company, Limited : 850.3B Yen

Shiseido Company, Limited is a Japanese multinational personal care company, that is a skin care, hair care, cosmetics and fragrance producer. Shiseido has a rich and vibrant history. More than merely a beauty brand, for over 145 years the company has produced timeless products and remains as a leader in the field of beauty and skin care.

Business Lines: Cosmetics
Founded: 1872

No.10 – Nitto Denko Corporation : 767.7B Yen

Nitto Denko Corporation was founded in 1918, manufactures and markets a wide range of chemical products which are used as materials for industrial and electronic components and is headquartered in Osaka. The Company’s products include materials for sealants, semiconductors, and wrappings. Nitto Denko has a network of sales and manufacturing subsidiaries worldwide.

Business Lines: Packaging materials such as adhesive tape, Semiconductor related materials and Optical film
Founder: Shinji Nishio, Mitsun
Founded: 1918


Top 10 Japan companies of other industries will be posted soon!

Top 10 Japan’s companies list from all industries in 2017

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