Established in order to run a general plastic business
Received the first injection molding machine produced in Japan, and started Japan’s first automatic plastic injection molding business in 1948 after receiving orders from THE SAILOR PEN CO., LTD. for ball-point pen barrels.
Birth of Cellophane Tape
Cellophane Tape is one of SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group’s longest-selling products. Following WWII, SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group grew interested in the adhesive tape on envelopes brought here by the U.S. occupation army, and commenced R&D activities before achieving practical use of the tape. Since then, SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group has accumulated a number of adhesive and coating technologies.
PVC pipes Started mass producing ESLON Pipes
ESLON pipes are lightweight rustproof PVC pipes. The successful development of PVC pipe joints substantially raised the workability of ESLON pipes in 1955, which grew rapidly popular. The application range of plastic pipes manufactured by SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group then expanded into a large number of areas, including water supply and drainage, electricity and gas supply and other industrial uses.
Succeeded in developing ESLON Rain Gutters, the first plastic gutters in Japan.
As with ESLON pipes, the ESLON gutters, which are characterized by being rustproof, lightweight and of high workability, also grew popular as a new product that could be used to replace the metal products that were the mainstream in those days.
Entered house construction field
Succeeded in creating a prototype Sekisui House Model A and spun off the homebuilding division as an independent company, SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD.
Started producing interlayer films for laminated glass
The interlayer film is currently one of the leading products of SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group. Because of the refined material and processing technologies, demand for the product started rapidly increasing when first registered in 1987 in Japan.
Launched plastic garbage container Poly-Pail
At the time the Tokyo Olympic Games was approaching, and the Tokyo Metropolitan government adopted a new garbage collection system. According to the new system each household would place its garbage in a Poly-Pail bucket outside its house, which garbage trucks would then collect. SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group commenced a campaign as a proposed activity to raise awareness of consumers of the garbage issue.
Started the business of polyolefin foam
The originally developed innovative crosslinking and foaming technology achieved excellent heat insulation and shock absorption. In the initial stage of the business the material was widely used in bathroom mat products. It is now being used in a wide variety of areas as insulating material for construction and electric appliances, automobile interior materials, and cushioning materials for smartphones.
Launched the world’s first prefabricated modular housing, SEKISUI HEIM
SEKISUI HEIM used prefabricated modules, and more than 80 percent of its process was done at the factory, and thereby achieving high quality, high performance, and high cost performance. This method successfully attracted attention within Japan's housing industry, which had been urged to supply reasonably priced but high quality houses. It was not long before SEKISUI HEIM to become one of the leading pre-fab housing manufacturers.
Started mass production of the synthetic lumber ESLON Neo Lumber FFU
ESLON Neo Lumber FFU is a lightweight and corrosion-resistant but natural-wood-like texture material that is strengthened using long glass fibers of rigid urethane foam. These features have allowed the material to become widely used in various fields, which, among others, is favorably used as railroad sleepers not only in Japan but also all over the world.
Production of plastic fine particles, Micropearl
Micropearl features micro-level fine particles of equal size and the added value of various functions, and has contributed to improving quality of display devices such as liquid crystal panels.
Started sale of plastic vacuum-blood-collection tubes, Insepack
SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group organized a medical project in 1979 and launched the world’s first plastic vacuum-blood-collection tubes in 1985. The unbreakable but burnable tubes greatly contributed to improving hygiene.
Developed pipeline renewal system, SPR method
SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group quickly responded to the aging infrastructure issue. The SPR method allows operation without having to dig while maintaining the sewage flow, can be used to refresh old pipes to the level of new pipes in terms of durable years, and, thus, now it is one of the standard sewage pipe rehabilitation methods in Japan.
Announced Smart Power Station 100% Edition, which is capable of energy self-sufficiency
Via use of a solar power generation system, Home Energy Management System (HEMS), and a storage battery and interconnecting them to an electric vehicle, the Smart Power Station 100% Edition can help realize energy self-sufficiency.
70th anniversary of foundation “To the New Phase of Growth”
The start of Medium-term Management Plan “SHIFT 2019 -Fusion-.” The SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group is working together as one toward a new phase of growth.
1940~ As a pioneer of plastics ~
|March 1947||Established as SEKISUI INC. to run a general plastic business|
|January 1948||Opened Nara Plant (until 1957), and started the first automatic plastic injection molding business in Japan|
|January 1948||Changed company name to SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.|
|August 1948||Opened Osaka Plant (until 1971), and started production of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and lead acetate|
|April 1949||Commenced trial production of cellophane tape at Osaka Plant|