COMPANY

Company History

Tokuyama Corporation was originally established in 1918 as Nihon Soda Kogyo Co., Ltd. The company's founder, Katsujiro Iwai, aimed to set up production of soda ash in Japan. During a history spanning over 100 years, Tokuyama confronted a changing environment while contributing to the development and growth of Japan's economy. The company is currently engaged in a wide array of business fields.

1918 1944

Establishment and specialization in soda productionSoga ash, Caustic Soda (Solvey process), Calcium Chloride, Cement (wet process)

Feb 1918

Established "Nihon Soda Kogyo Co., Ltd." to produce soda ash in Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture (currently Shunan City)

Jan 1936

The Company name is changed to "Tokuyama Soda Co., Ltd."

Mar 1938

[Commenced cement business]

Commenced production of cement by employing a wet process that makes use of by-products from soda ash operations

Jan 1940

Commenced production of calcium chloride

  • The Factory as it was at the time of establishmentThe Factory as it was at the time of establishment
1945 1960

Expansion of the inorganic chemicals businessCaustic soda (Electrolytic process)

Mar 1952

[Commenced electrolytic chlor-alkali business]

Commenced electrolytic chlor-alkali productions

Dec 1960

Completed construction of Nanyo plant in Nanyo, Yamaguchi Prefecture (currently Shunan City) with the aim of expanding cement business

  • 1960s Cement kiln1960s Cement kiln
1961 1974

Entry into petrochemicals businessPolypropylene, Vinyl chloride, Cement

Jul 1964

[Commenced petrochemicals business]

Commenced production of propylene oxide by employing chloride that makes use of by-products from caustic soda operations

Sep 1966

[Commenced polyvinyl chloride business]

Commenced polyvinyl chloride business with the establishment of a manufacturing subsidiary

Mar 1967

[Commenced ion exchange membrane business]

Jun 1967

Completed construction of Higashi plant in Tokuyama, Yamaguchi Prefecture (currently Shunan City) with the aim of expanding the petrochemical business

  • 独自技術・直接水和法によりIPAを事業化1970s
    Isopropyl alcohol
    plant
1975 1989

Entry into specialty and processing businessFine chemical, Polycrystalline silicon, Aluminum nitride, Dental materials

Jan 1976

[Commenced polypropylene film business]

Commenced production of Biaxially-oriented polypropylene film

Mar 1978

[Commenced dental materials and equipment business]

Aug 1982

[Commenced fine chemicals business]

Entered the fine chemicals market with the sale of plastic lens materials

Aug 1983

[Commenced IC chemicals business]

Entered the electronic materials market with the sale of High-purity chemicals for electronics manufacturing

Oct 1983

[Commenced clinical analyze and laboratory information systems business]

Nov 1983

Switched over from the caustic soda manufacturing method to the ion exchange membrane method

Jul 1984

[Commence electronic materials business]

Commence production of High-purity polycrystalline silicon

Apr 1985

[Commenced Aluminum nitride business]

Apr 1985

Completed construction of Kashima Factory in Hasaki, Ibaraki Prefecture (currently Kamisu city) with the aim of expanding the fine chemicals business

Dec 1985

[Commenced gas sensors business]

Entered the sensor business with equity participation in Figaro Engineering Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor type gas sensors

Mar 1989

Established Tokuyama America Inc. as a US-based subsidiary

May 1989

Completed construction of the Tsukuba Research Laboratory in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture

Aug 1989

Established Tokuyama Europe GmbH. as a German-based subsidiary

  • 1980s polycrystalline silicon plant1980s
    polycrystalline silicon
    plant
  • Kashima FactoryKashima Factory
1990 2004

Strengthening and restructuring of businessRecycling and environment business, Group operations, Selection and concentration of business

Apr 1994

The company name is changed to "Tokuyama Corporation"

Apr 1995

Established Hantok Chemicals Co., Ltd., in South Korea as a joint venture to produce developing fluids for semiconductors

Jun 1996

Established Tokuyama Asia Pacific Pte.Ltd. as a Singapore-based subsidiary and Tokuyama Electronic Chemicals Pte. Ltd. in Singapore as a refinery and distributor of high-purity chemicals for electronics manufacturing

Aug 1996

Established Taiwan Tokuyama Corporation in Taiwan as a refinery and distributor of high-purity chemicals for electronics manufacturing

Aug 2000

[Commenced the recycling & environment business]

Sep 2002

Established Shanghai Tokuyama Plastics Co., Ltd. in Shanghai, China as a manufacturing and sales company of microporous film

  • 上海徳山塑料Shanghai Tokuyama Plastics Co., Ltd.
2005 2015

Aiming toward rasing corporate value

Sep 2005

Established Tokuyama Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a sales company, in Shanghai, China and Tokuyama Chemicals (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd. in Zhejiang, China as a manufacturing and sales company of fumed silica

Jan 2008

Established Tokuyama Korea Co., Ltd., a sales company, in Seoul, Korea

Aug 2009

Established Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. in Malaysia as a manufacturing and sales company of polycrystalline silicon

Jun 2011

Established Tianjin Tokuyama Plastics Co., Ltd. in Tianjin, China as a manufacturing and sales company of microporous film

May 2013

Established Tokuyama (Shanghai) Co., Ltd, in China, as a management company to provide services for other group companies in China

Jun 2013

Established Tokuyama Nouvelle Calédonie S.A., in New Caledonia, as a manufacturing and sales company of cement

Oct 2014

Commenced production and sales of polycrystalline silicon at Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Jun 2015

Commenced operations of cement clinker export loading equipment

  • 徳山化工(浙江)Tokuyama Chemicals (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd.
  • トクヤマニューカレドニアTokuyama Nouvelle Calédonie S.A.
2016 2020

Re- Foundation

May 2016

Unveiled a new Medium-Term Management Plan "Cornerstone of the Group's Revitalization" Announced details of the overarching "Tokuyama Vision" to undertake a new foundation

May 2017

Transferred all of the shares of Tokuyama Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. to OCI Company Ltd. in Korea

Apr 2018

Acquired all of the shares of Tokuyama Central & Soda Inc., changed the company's name to Tokuyama Soda Trading Co., Ltd.

Oct 2020

Established Formosa Tokuyama Advanced Chemicals Co.,Ltd. in Taiwan as a joint venture to produce the high-purity chemicals for electronics manufacturing

2021 

Aiming toward transform business portfolio to electronics, life science and environment business

Feb 2021

A&T Corporation became a wholly owned subsidiary

Feb 2021

Unveiled a Medium-Term Management Plan 2025. Announced a "Tokuyama's New Vision" with a redefined mission

Jul 2021

Completed construction of Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology in Yanai, Yamaguchi Prefecture with the aim of finding practical application for the advanced materials

Feb 2022

Established Tokuyama Taiwan Marketing & Research Center Co., Ltd. in Taiwan

Apr 2022

Amalgamated two local subsidiaries in Singapore, commenced the business as Tokuyama Singapore Pte. Ltd.