KANEKA thinks “Wellness First”
History of Kaneka’s Reform

Recognizing the changes of the times to realize continuous innovation and growth

Since its foundation in 1949, Kaneka Group has achieved growth by overcoming changes in the times and business environment through a creative fusion of people and technology. We will provide value globally to resolve social and global issues by offering various innovative products.

Foundation

Establishment of foundation businesses leading to future growth and promotion of global business expansion

1949 Kanegafuchi Chemical Industry Co., Ltd. established

Establishment of foundation businesses

  • Successively turned foundation businesses based on macromolecular and fermentation technologies, which covered polyvinyl chloride, fermentation-based butanol, modacrylic fiber and polystyrene foam made with the bead method, into commercially feasible businesses. Actively strengthened the food business covering margarine and shortening (1949–)
  • Created new businesses covering cocoa butter equivalents, MBS resin and polystyrene foam resin (1961–)
  • Developed metabolic cardiotonic drug bulk “ubidecarenone (CoQ10)” using the fermentation method (1977)
  • Developed photovoltaic modules and ultra-heat-resistant polyimide film (1984)
Takasago Manufacturing Site at the time of its founding (Takasago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

Takasago Manufacturing Site at the time of its founding (Takasago City, Hyogo Prefecture)

Acceleration of global expansion

  • Successively established Kaneka Belgium N.V., Kaneka America Corporation, Kaneka Singapore Co. (Pte.) Ltd., and Kaneka Texas Corporation (now Kaneka North America LLC), to accelerate the global expansion of its business (1970–)
  • Established Kaneka (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. and Kaneka Consulting (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (now Kaneka Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.) to expand its business in Asia (1995–)
Distant view of Kaneka Belgium N.V. at the time of founding

Distant view of Kaneka Belgium N.V. at the time of founding

Kaneka (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd

Kaneka (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.

Second Foundation

Change of its company name and management system and successive establishment of new businesses

2004 Trade name changed to Kaneka Corporation

2009 Long-term vision (Declaration of Kaneka United / Basic CSR Policy) formulated

Development of innovative technologies and products

  • Released the functional food material “Kaneka Coenzyme Q10” (2002)
  • Industrialized the world’s first telechelic polycylate, followed by the development of nanocomposite technology, a new modifier for epoxy resin, a transparent resin with heat and light resistance, and a high thermal conductive graphite sheet (2006–)
  • Developed a balloon catheter for heart disease of the nation’s smallest size among its own products (2007)
  • Began the full-fledged development of 100% plant-based biodegradable polymers (2009)
Functional food material “Kaneka Coenzyme Q10”

Functional food material “Kaneka Coenzyme Q10”

Balloon catheter for heart disease of the nation’s smallest size among its own products

Balloon catheter for heart disease of the nation’s smallest size among its own products

Usage example of 100% plant-based biodegradable polymers

Usage example of 100% plant-based biodegradable polymers

Third Foundation

Becoming a solution provider that contributes to a sustainable society

2017 A new management system adopted

2018 ESG Charter established as guiding principles for the materialization of the Corporate Philosophy

Active promotion of M&A and open innovation

  • Acquired full ownership of a bio-pharmaceutical company, Eurogentec S.A. (2016)
  • Established Kaneka US Innovation Center (2016)
  • Introduction of drug-coated balloon technology (2017)
  • Acquired an aircraft composite business (Kaneka Aerospace LLC) and invested in a company specializing in lactic acid bacteria (2018)
Introduction of drug-coated balloon catheter technology

Introduction of drug-coated balloon technology

Acquisition of an aircraft composite business (Kaneka Aerospace)

Acquisition of an aircraft composite business (Kaneka Aerospace LLC)

Investment in a company specializing in lactic acid bacteria (technology import)

Investment in a company specializing in lactic acid bacteria (technology import)

Provision of value on a global scale

  • Established Kaneka Taiwan Corporation, Kaneka Korea Corporation and Kaneka South America Representative Ltd. (2011–)
  • Established regional headquarters – Kaneka Asia Co., Ltd. (2012), Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. (2012) and Kaneka Europe Holding N.V. (2015) – to strengthen the Group’s functions
Overseas holding companies in Asia, the Americas and Europe
Overseas holding companies in Asia, the Americas and Europe
Overseas holding companies in Asia, the Americas and Europe

Overseas holding companies in Asia, the Americas and Europe

History of Kaneka’s Reform (310KB)

KANEKA thinks “Wellness First”
History of Kaneka’s Reform

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