Mitsubishi Chemical HoldingsTHE KAITEKI COMPANY

Business Domains

The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation Group provides diverse solutions through its three business domains: Performance Products, Industrial Materials and Health Care.

3 Business Domains & 4 Segments

Business Line of Performance Products

We are maximizing KAITEKI Value by providing differentiated, high performance solutions utilizing the Group’s wide range of products and technologies.

Performance Products Segment
  • Functional Products…Information, Electronics & Displays, High Performance Films, Environment & Living Solutions, Advanced Moldings & Composites
  • Performance Chemicals…Advanced Polymers, High Performance Chemicals, New Energy

Information, Electronics & Displays

Optical Films

Optical Films

We produce optical films such as bi-axial oriented polyester film featuring well-balanced characteristics such as transparency, mechanical properties and heat resistance, optical clear adhesive sheets which improve the visibility for touch panels, and polyolefin high reflection sheets which contribute to increasing brightness for small to large size liquid crystal display backlights. We will continue towards the advancement of displays by responding quickly to globally expanding markets and increasing needs.

Information & Electronics Materials

Information & Electronics Materials

Our global business development covers a wide range of materials for displays, semiconductors and LEDs, precision cleaning of manufacturing equipment parts, storage materials such as optical discs, and components for copiers and printers. Our focus is on the development and marketing of products and services that satisfy the needs of customers.

Acetyl

Acetyl

We leverage the strengths of the acetyl chain – the core business of The Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry – manufacturing and selling various derivatives produced from vinyl acetate monomer. We provide polyvinyl alcohol film (OPL film) indispensible for liquid crystal display polarizers and next-generation materials including multifunctional water-soluble resin and high performance materials satisfying both plastic processability and biodegradability.

High Performance Films

High Performance Films

We offer products with added “functionalities” such as gas barrier property, weather resistance, moisture permeability, easy-opening, applied through an optimal combination of technologies including polymer material design, material processing, surface treatment and composition. These applications are used in familiar items such as food packaging, medical packaging, electronic parts, automobiles and building materials. Our strength in developing technologies which realize optimal solutions to meet a diverse range of needs are trusted and highly evaluated by customers around the world.

Environment & Living Solutions

Aqua Solutions

Aqua Solutions

We offer solutions that match users’ needs through the sales of various materials such as water treatment chemicals, membranes and ion exchange resins, the design and sales of water treatment systems, and process development. Accelerating synergies among business divisions, we cover the total water treatment process from drinking water to wastewater, aiming to provide solutions on a worldwide basis to any and all water-related issues.

Separator & Refinement Solutions

Separator & Refinement Solutions

We provide refining process systems in a wide range of fields such as pharmaceuticals, chemicals and foods by leveraging our separation and purification technologies accumulated over many years. We are increasing our efforts in the development of new products and proposing various separator solutions such as dehydrated concentrated zeolite membranes for foods which can be dehydrated and concentrated without the use of heat, and synthetic zeolites which can absorb and regenerate moisture even at low temperatures.

Agribusiness

Agribusiness

We offer agricultural materials such as high performance films with outstanding durability for greenhouses, and plant factories. The plant factory is a system which enables stable, year-round supply of high quality vegetables by minimizing influences from the natural environment. We provide two types of plant growing systems – fully artificial light and one using sunlight – and provide support from design to construction and cultivation guidance.

Infrastructure Solutions

Infrastructure Solutions

We contribute to the realization of a sustainable society by providing a wide range of products that help solve social and environmental issues, such as building equipment and piping materials for creating a comfortable living environment; logistics materials and various kinds of adhesive tapes; civil engineering materials to protect communities from disasters; repair and reinforcement materials to extend the life of bridges and roads; and artificial turf that contributes to the improvement of the sports infrastructure.

Advanced Moldings & Composites

High Performance Engineering Plastics

High Performance Engineering Plastics

The Quadrant Group offers engineering plastics as a leading global manufacturer with business sites in 21 countries. It develops business in a wide range of fields such as industrial machinery, automobiles, aircrafts and medical use. The Group supports product development for customers including design, material selection, prototype creation, evaluation and mass production.

Fibers & Textile

Fibers & Textile

We take advantage of our unique polymer design and spinning technologies centering on acrylic, acetate, polyester and polypropylene fibers. We develop and provide materials with functions such as moisture-absorbing heat generation, light-absorbing heat generation, antistatic, water absorption and quick-drying. There are a wide range of applications from ladies wear, underwear and sportswear, to bedding, interior and industrial materials.

Carbon Fibers & Composite Materials

Carbon Fibers & Composite Materials

We have realized one of the most integrated product chains in the world, covering from PAN-based and pitch-based carbon fibers to intermediates and composite products using fibers as base materials. The business extensively covers fields such as sporting goods, industrial materials, aircrafts, automobiles and environmental products. We have been focusing on the markets of automobiles, wind power generation and pressure vessels that are expected to see an increase in demand in the near future. In addition, we produce our own golf shafts.

Functional Moldings & Composites

Functional Moldings & Composites

Our expertise spans diverse areas including material design, processing and molding, composite, and highly functional and advanced design technologies. Utilizing these technologies, we offer a variety of products such as aluminum composite materials, plastic film-laminated steel sheets, building materials, polyurethane systems, partitions, injection molded products and industrial-use plates.

Alumina Fibers Light & Metal Products

Alumina Fibers Light & Metal Products

Alumina fibers manufactured with our proprietary technologies provide outstanding heat insulating properties, heat resistance, wind resistance and cushioning properties. Applications include substrate support mats for automotive catalytic converters and DPFs, and heat insulation materials for furnaces used in steelworks. In addition, by fully leveraging our expertise accumulated through aluminum smelting, we are fully engaged in casting aluminum alloy for cutting work to manufacturing and selling processed products.

Advanced Polymers

Performance Polymers

Performance Polymers

Performance polymers – which realize functions and features that match targeted applications by compounding (with reactive processing) various components such as modifying polymers, functional monomers, plasticizers or fillers to conventional polymers – will provide products that meet customer needs in a wide range of fields. We also proactively promote M&A and enhance our technologies by setting two growth strategies:“expanding new technologies/products” and “gaining diverse demands from all over the world”.

Engineering Polymers

Engineering Polymers

Various engineering plastics such as polycarbonates and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) are applied in a wide range of fields, including electronic and automotive applications. This business, which already boasts top-class shares in Asia, is being expanded globally by integrating our proprietary manufacturing process technologies with polymer design technologies and compound technologies.

Sustainable Resources

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We are developing environmentally friendly bio-based polymers. Polybutylene succinate (PBS) is leveraged in various fields such as biodegradable food packaging materials.In addition, bio-based engineering plastics – which provide excellent impact resistance, heat resistance, weatherability and transparency – are used for optical components and automobile interior and exterior materials.

High Performance Chemicals

Performance Chemicals

Performance Chemicals

We handle coating materials and paints focusing on acrylic polymers. We are committed to globally providing values to customers under strong consciousness of sustainability with paints, inks, adhesives, hair care materials, and resist materials for semiconductors based on advanced technologies of synthesis, formulation and evaluation.

Performance Materials

Performance Materials

We are providing valuable performance products derived from our distinctive and versatile technological platform, from organic chemistry – based on epoxies and acrylics – to silicon based inorganic chemistry, aiming at a wide range of markets such as civil engineering, construction, automotive, and information and electronics. Our commitment is to keep leveraging innovation with our product development.

Food Ingredients

Food Ingredients

We have expanded our business to a wide range of fields from food to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in product groups such as emulsifiers – represented by our sugar ester which boasts the world’s top market share – vitamin E, shelf-life extenders, fermented products (lactic acid bacteria, enzyme preparations, sweeteners), polysaccharides and natural colorants. Under the key phrases of “safe and secure” and “tasty and healthy”, we will contribute to world food through our technical strengths and quality assurance that provide various added value and solutions.

New Energy

Lithium-ion Battery Materials

Lithium-ion Battery Materials

We provide formulated electrolyte and anode materials, which are key materials for lithium-ion batteries. With comprehensive high levels of technologies and a global supply system covering from material development to safety evaluation, these products have been applied to batteries used in major models of electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles.

New Energy Materials

New Energy Materials

Our gallium nitride (GaN) substrates are utilized in high performance LED lighting and laser applications, and phosphors are widely utilized for LED lighting and display applications. Organic thin-film photovoltaic modules (OPV), in addition to featuring thin and light film coating, enable excellent designs such as color tones which are natural and do not look like solar modules, and see-through properties.

Business Line of Industrial Materials

Our products and technologies in the Industrial Materials domain are supporting a variety of industries and societies. We are proceeding with the diversification of raw materials, including renewable resources and strengthening our business structures.

Chemicals Segment
  • MMA…MMA
  • Petrochemicals…Petrochemicals
  • Carbon…Carbon Products

MMA

MMA

We have a consistent product chain of methyl methacrylate (MMA), acrylic resin (PMMA) produced from MMA, and acrylonitrile (AN) which produces the raw material of MMA. We employ all three major manufacturing methods for MMA* and are the largest MMA manufacturer in the world with a highly cost competitive global supply system. Furthermore, our PMMA products, which include acrylic molding materials and acrylic sheets, are supplied to a broad range of fields such as automobiles, household appliances, optics and signboards.
*Acetone cyanohydrin (ACH) method, C4 direct oxidation process, and new ethylene process (alpha technology)

Petrochemicals

Basic Petrochemicals

Basic Petrochemicals

Ethylene plants of MCC are located in Kashima and Mizushima* in Japan. We provide olefins such as ethylene and propylene, and aromatics such as benzene and toluene to various derivative product plants and to other customers in and outside the industrial complex. The plants also supply utilities including electricity, steam and gas for all of our production sites.
*The Mizushima ethylene plant is owned by Asahi Kasei Mitsubishi Chemical Ethylene, which is jointly owned by Asahi Kasei and Mitsubishi Chemical.

Polyolefins

Polyolefins

Our polyolefin(polyethylene and polypropylene) business offers high quality and high performance product lineups in a wide range of fields including automobiles, electrical wires, medical devices and food packaging based on our proprietary catalyst and process technologies. We are also expanding its business outside Japan as a global supplier of high performance materials while developing the growing global markets including the automotive industry.

Basic Chemical Derivatives

Basic Chemical Derivatives

We mainly produce ethylene derivatives such as ethylene oxide and ethylene glycols; propylene derivatives such as acrylic acid and octanol; C4 derivatives such as 1,4-butanediol, GBL and NMP; and terephthalic acid which is made from paraxylene.

Carbon Products

Carbon

Coke supports the global steel industries, and various products are also produced from the tar created by the coke manufacturing process. In addition, carbon black is a material used for products found in daily life such as tires, printing ink and colorants for plastics.

Industrial Gases Segment
  • Industrial Gases…Industrial Gases

Industrial Gases

Industrial Gases

Taiyo Nippon Sanso holds the largest market share (40%) in Japan for industrial gases, mainly oxygen, nitrogen and argon. We are expanding our overseas business areas, while focusing on North America, Asia and Oceania as key markets.

Industrial Gases

We provide a stable supply of industrial gases to a wide range of industries such as steel, chemical, electronics, automobile, construction, shipbuilding and food. In addition to the development/manufacturing of gas applied device and equipment, we are also actively working on the development of hydrogen refueling stations.

Electronics

We reliably provide stable supplies of various material gases, including nitrogen. We also offer total solutions through the provision of small-scale nitrogen generators, MOCVD equipment, exhaust gas abatement systems, etc.

Plants & Engineering

Through manufacturing air separation units, space-simulation chambers and liquid helium-related equipment, we have grown to be a highly trusted leader in plant manufacturing globally.

Medical and Stable Isotopes

We supply synthetic air and gases for medical care used in medical facilities, oxygen supply equipment for home medical use, etc. We are also working in biotechnology fields, including the cryopreservation of biological resources for research (bio-resources), as well as advanced diagnostics and medical care fields that utilize stable isotopes (SI) and specialty gases.

Energy

We are involved in services for LP (liquid petroleum) gas, a clean source of energy with reduced CO2 emissions, providing LP gas to a wide range of fields such as air conditioning equipment, aerosol spray materials and as fuel in commercial vehicles including taxis.

Thermos Business

We manufacture and market stainless steel vacuum bottles, etc. taking advantage of our vacuum insulation technology.

Business Line of Health Care

Capitalizing on the Group’s comprehensive capabilities and network, the Health Care domain develops businesses for pharmaceuticals, diagnostic reagents and instruments, clinical testing, healthy support service, support for new pharmaceutical development, active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates, pharmaceutical formulation materials such as capsules, pharmaceutical equipment.

Health Care Segment
  • Health Care…Ethical Pharmaceuticals, Life Science

Ethical Pharmaceuticals

We respond to a wide range of medical needs through the sales of over-the-counter drugs along with the provision of distinctive ethical drugs such as drugs for autoimmune diseases, diabetes/kidney diseases, central neurological diseases as well as vaccines and anesthetics. Through each business process consisting of drug discovery, IKUYAKU (drug fostering and evolution), marketing, and production, we have built a system for creating valuable pharmaceuticals for patients to use with a sense of security.

In Japan, we supply a wide range of products, including major products such as Simponi (indications: rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis), Tenelia (indications: type 2 diabetes mellitus), Remicade (indications: inflammatory autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis). In addition, Gilenya (indications: multiple sclerosis) and Invokana (indications: type 2 diabetes mellitus) were launched by licensees and have grown into major products overseas. Both of these products are now sold in dozens of countries around the world.
To achieve sustained growth under the difficult business environment in Japan, we will be:
(1) Launching new drugs that can be deployed worldwide through R&D investment,
(2) Achieving our domestic sales target for new drugs and priority products by strengthening IKUYAKU (drug fostering and evolution) and marketing, and
(3) Accelerating U.S. business development (building product lineup through strategic investments including M&A and Open Shared Business (OSB)*).
* OSB is a registered trademark of MCHC.

Life Science

By developing businesses in three healthcare fields, Healthcare &/Medical ICT,” “Next Generation Health Care” and “Drug Discovery & Development Solution,” and offering diverse solutions to people who wish for good health, including solutions to meet the unmet medical needs of patients, we aim to realize a KAITEKI society where people can live healthy and actively.
In addition, by actively developing businesses through collaboration within the MCHC Group and outside alliances as a driving force, we are moving quickly with a sense of agility to create new added values, and aim to maintain our strong competitiveness.

Healthcare &/Medical ICT

By organically linking clinical testing, diagnostics reagents, diagnostic instruments, health checkups and more to Jibun Karada Club, we aim to create new health and medical businesses using ICT through the collaboration of Group companies.

Next Generation Medicine

For diseases that are difficult to cure with current technologies, we aim to resolve unmet medical needs through the provision of next-generation medical innovations including regenerative medicine.

Drug Discovery & Development Solutions

We offer a one-stop service with high added values to pharmaceutical companies by assembling pharmaceutical-related businesses (pharmaceutical drug substances/pharmaceutical intermediates, capsules, etc.) and drug discovery support projects (non-clinical studies, clinical trials), as well as through alliances with other institutions.