Outline of Showa Denko
The Showa Denko Group is a group of chemical companies that produce individualized products in various fields including petrochemicals, chemicals, inorganics, aluminum, and electronics.
We shall listen more to customers and further hone our technologies, and shall thereby
Ａct to create products and services that touch “the heart” and
Ａct to offer solutions that make “society” better
*As of December 31, 2018
The Showa Denko Group has 10,476 employees, including 1,871 female employees.
History of the SHOWA DENKO Group
The Showa Denko Group started its operations by focusing on the future possibilities of the electrochemical industry, which utilized one of Japan's important resources: abundant water energy.
We aim to contribute to the realization of society where affluence and sustainability are harmonized.
Business & Products
We will realize dreams for the future with Power of chemistry × Power of technology
We develop individualized product groups that realizes your dreams by utilizing our unique ideas and reliable technologies that make the most of the potential of chemistry.
The Petrochemicals segment provides basic petrochemicals such as ethylene and propylene, organic chemicals derived from them including acetyls and allyl alcohol, and synthetic resins.
The Chemicals segment provides industrial gases and chemicals, high-performance chemicals, elastomers, high-purity gases and chemicals for the semiconductor industry, and resin composites.
The Electronics Sector provides HD media, SiC epitaxial wafer for power devices, compound semiconductors such as ultra high-bright LEDs rare earth magnetic alloys, and lithium-ion battery materials.
The Inorganics segment provides ceramics products such as abrasives, refractories, and carbon products such as graphite electrodes for electric steelmaking furnaces.
The Aluminum segment provides aluminum materials such as rolled products, extrusions, and forged products, and high-value-added aluminum products such as heat exchangers, and aluminum cans for beverages.
The Others segment sells chemicals, resins, metals, and electronic materials, and provides building materials.
Mobile phones, Smart phones
Solar power panels
Showa Denko's Advantages
Wide-ranging technologies, products, and businesses
Starting from electrochemistry, the Showa Denko Group expanded the scope of its technologies to cover inorganic and organic chemistry, and metal materials. Through the use of these technologies, the Group now supplies materials and components to the information communication and automobile industries, and also provides various products that are indispensable to people's lives.
In addition to these, we produce various products with our original technologies.
Products derived from electrochemistry have limitless potential.
Showa Denko's "Only one"/"No.1" products
The Showa Denko Group pioneered in commercial production of aluminum in Japan, and also produced ammonium sulfate fertilizer with home-grown method for the first time in Japan. Thus the Showa Denko Group has been providing society with useful products as a pioneering company since its foundation. We will continue contributing to the sound growth of society as an individualized company that create "Only one" and "No. 1" products and technologies.
High-purity gases for electronics
No.1 share in the world
These gases are used for etching, cleaning and membrane formulating processes in production of semiconductors and LCDs.
Our high-quality large-diameter electrodes occupy No.1 share in the world
Graphite electrodes are used in electric steelmaking furnaces to melt scrap steel, and contribute to recycling of steel.
High-purity aluminum foil for capacitors
No.1 share in the world
This aluminum foil is used to produce aluminum electrolytic capacitors to be used in cars and power plants.
No.1 brightness in the world
We produce our proprietary red LED chips that emit 660nm wavelength light which is optimum for plant-growth at the top brightness in the world.
The first commercialization in the world
VGCF is an additive to anodes of lithium ion batteries. It improves charge and discharge performance, life and capacities of LIBs.
In-house developed production technology unique in the world
We produce various petrochemical products which are used as printing ink for food packages, solvents for paints, etc., with our original technologies.
Intellectual property strategy
We position the intellectual property strategy as one of our crucial management strategies. We make every effort to secure our superiority based on intellectual property rights, especially in the principal businesses and newly developed important products by establishing patent networks.
Overseas bases 41bases
*as of December 2018
Our ammonia production process was certified by Eco Mark, first in the world
Eco Mark certified
Process to produce ammonia through recycling of plastic containers
Kawasaki Plant, Showa Denko
On July 17, 2015, SDK's proprietary process to produce liquefied ammonia was accredited by Japan Environment Association, which sponsors the "Eco Mark Program" to praise environment friendly products/processes, to be eligible for Eco Mark, as the first case of production process in the world.
Aluminum can recycling activity
Since 2001, the Showa Denko Group and its cooperative companies have been promoting aluminum can recycling activity with the participation of their employees.
Medium-term Business Plan "The TOP 2021"
Showa Denko Group's Mission, Vision and Value
|Mission (The meaning of our existence):||We will satisfy all stakeholders.|
|Vision (Our goal):||KOSEIHA Company
= "KOSEIHA Company" is "an aggregate of KOSEIHA Businesses that can maintain high levels of profitability and stability."
|Value (Means to realize Vision):||Maximization of CUSTOMER Experience
= Change our business model and offer solutions beyond manufacturer's limits
“KOSEIHA Company,” which is our Vision, is an aggregate of KOSEIHA Businesses that can maintain high levels of profitability and stability. The Group aims to make half or more if its businesses KOSEIHA Businesses by 2025. Therefore, in The TOP 2021, the Group will change its course toward long-term business growth, thereby establishing a stable foundation which will continuously support the Group’s growth far into the future.
1) Dramatic improvement in existing businesses
2) Creation of new businesses (Create)
To realize continuous growth of the Group, we must create new businesses. Therefore, we will take strategic discontinuous measures such as M&As, in addition to R&D to realize organic growth of the Group.
3) Inter-business cooperation
We will aim to offer solutions adapted to changing in market requirements for materials, with backcasting from the future of industries.
4) Strengthening base of strategy
The Group will promote various measures which will also be incorporated into the next medium-term consolidated business plan starting in January 2022, including strengthening of R&D functions and marketing functions, and introduction of AI/IoT.
Performance targets (3-year total)
Note 1: ROA is based on operating income, and the simple average of 3 years.
Note 2: ROE is the simple average of 3 years.
To realize continuous growth of the Group, we must invest in a timely and appropriate manner. The Group sets clear criteria for capital investment, and carefully select investments. We use cash flow for investment to improve productivity, and improve business efficiency through use of Cash Conversion Cycle (CCC) as management tool.
We will pay dividends in a stable manner, and promote financial policy, keeping increase in return to shareholders in mind, while executing M&As and other discontinuous investment.
*Gross D/E ratio
Investment policy (3 year total)
Research and development (R&D)
We will focus our R&D resources on 10 technical fields corresponding to 7 priority business domains, and accelerate creation of value-adding pipelines for businesses.