Kaneka regional umbrella hubs in Asia and the Americas to aim for further acceleration of global development

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Kaneka regional umbrella hubs in Asia and the Americas to aim for further acceleration of global development


—Establishment in China and USA planned for April 2012—

KANEKA CORPORATION
March 08, 2012
To accelerate its business development in Asia and the Americas, Kaneka Corporation (Osaka, Japan;
President: Mr. Kimikazu Sugawara) is set to establish in April this year Kaneka Asia Co., Ltd., an Asia
regional umbrella hub based in Shanghai, China, and Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc., an America regional
umbrella hub based in Texas, USA. The main functions of the regional umbrella hubs are deliberation and
proposal of management strategies, control of budgets and profits and losses, supervision of overall
manufacturing and technologies including support for the establishment of new plants, research and
development and market research, human resources and labor, and legal affairs and intellectual property
strategies. These functions will be strengthened and expanded to overseeing business promotion within the
respective regions.

Kaneka Asia Co., Ltd. will open in China, the center of high growth in Asia that represents an enormous
market, and administer wholly owned subsidiaries of Kaneka in the Asia region. Kaneka has entered the
Chinese market with its individual business units in the past, but to aim for further expansion in the future is
required to develop business with the company in its entirety. It assigns to the new umbrella hub the role of
promoting business expansion in Asia, which includes the supervision and promotion of not only existing
business domains but also those that cross multiple businesses and new businesses, and operational support for
group companies in governance structure reinforcement and legal affairs.

Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. will build a centralized local structure for overseeing Kaneka’s business in the
Americas, with the aims of maximizing growth opportunities in the United States, which has an overwhelming
economic scale and is a leader in research and development, expanding in the Latin American markets, which
show remarkable growth, and making effective use of management resources. With its establishment, Kaneka
will reorganize its six subsidiaries in the United States*
into three: Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. (the
Americas regional umbrella hub) and the two operating companies of Kaneka North America LLC (which will
take over the businesses of Kaneka Texas Corporation and Kaneka Nutrients L.P.) and Kaneka Pharma
America LLC (which will remain in the state of New York). Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. will perform
corporate functions for the two operating companies and accelerate business expansion in the Americas by
planning and proposing growth strategies from a local perspective and by preparing local functions necessary
for group management. In future, it will aim to grow into a streamlined business group comprising a number of
bases and subsidiaries across the Americas region.
* Kaneka Texas Corporation: President Shinji Mizusawa; Manufacturing and sales of special vinyl chloride resins, functional
plastics, and electronic materials
Kaneka Nutrients L.P.: President Kazuhiko Fujii; Manufacturing and sales of functional foodstuffs
Kaneka America LLC: President Atsushi Ikenaga; Research and marketing
Kaneka Pharma America LLC: President Atsushi Ikenaga; Sales of medical devices
Kaneka New York Holding Company, Inc.: President Minoru Tanaka; Holding company
Kaneka Functional Foods LLC: President Kazuhiko Fujii; Holding company

Through the establishment of these regional umbrella hubs, Kaneka seeks to make effective use of resources
and accelerate the development and expansion of its overseas businesses based on local perspectives, thereby
promoting the strong global development of Kaneka.

Overview of companies to be established

Company name: Kaneka Asia Co., Ltd. (tentative)
Business: Planning and proposal of management strategies in Asia, strengthening governance in
Asia, and operational support for Kaneka and for local subsidiaries in Asia
Established: Scheduled for April 2012
Capital: To be determined
Head office: Shanghai, China
Representative: Minetoshi Marufuji, President
Shareholder: Kaneka Corporation (100%)

Company name: Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc.
Business: Planning and proposal of management strategies in the Americas, strengthening
governance in the Americas, and operational support for Kaneka and for local
subsidiaries in the Americas
Established: Scheduled for April 2012
Capital: To be determined
Head office: Texas, USA
Representative: Shinji Mizusawa, President
Shareholder: Kaneka Corporation (100%)

Company name: Kaneka North America LLC
Business: Manufacturing and sales of special vinyl chloride resins, functional plastics, electronic
materials, and functional foodstuffs
Established: Scheduled for April 2012
Capital: To be determined
Head office: Texas, USA
Representative: Kazuhiko Fujii, President
Shareholder: Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. (100%)

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