Ever since we started up our coal chemical business in 1912 in Omuta (Fukuoka), the Mitsui Chemicals Group has continued to produce numerous different products. And after operations at Japan’s first ethylene plant came online in 1958, we started to accumulate state-of-the-art technologies in the petrochemicals field. Since the establishment of Mitsui Chemicals in 1997, we have built a global customer and human resource base and are striving to reach further heights.

100 years of technological prowess 100 years of technological prowess

Over the course of our history, we have built our competitive advantage on the pillars of precision synthesis technology and polymer science as well as manufacturing process technology that underpins both. These technologies continue to be the driving force behind our broad lineup of products to this day.

Our History - A History of Growth and Innovation

Diverse range of products & services Diverse range of products & services

Backed by the technology honed over our 100-year history, we develop a diverse range of competitive and high value-added products and services.

Robust customer base Robust customer base

Our products are rated highly by industry-leading companies, so much so that we boast a number one or number two share in certain global markets.

Precision synthesis technology

Main products Main applications Market share

Health Care

MR™
(ophthalmic lens materials)
Plastic ophthalmic lens materials Global No.1
(Share: 45%)

Food & Packaging

TREBON™
(etofenprox)
Insecticide Japan No.2
STARKLE™
(dinotefuran)

Polymer science

Main products Main applications Market share

Mobility

Polypropylene compounds Auto bumper and instrument panel materials Global No.2
(Share: Approx. 20%)
Asia No.1
TAFMER™
(alpha-olefin copolymer)
Auto bumper and instrument panel materials Global No.2
Asia No.1
APEL™
(cyclic olefin copolymer)
Smartphone camera lens materials Global No.1
(Share: >50%)

Food & Packaging

ICROS™ Tape Semiconductor manufacturing process tapes Global No.1

Basic Materials

EVOLUE™
(metallocene linear low density polyethylene)
High-performance packaging materials Asia No.1

Global platform & diverse human resources Global platform & diverse human resources

We are continuing to actively expand our global operations—overseas sales revenue currently accounts for 47% of total sales revenue. Globalization of our business is accelerating with more than 40% of employees now based overseas.

Global
operations
Employees Consolidated
companies
Overseas sales
revenue ratio
31 countries 18,051 154 47%
Percentage of
overseas
employees
41%

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