Shin-Etsu Doubles Down On Japan Vinyl | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 90 Issue 47 | pp. 18-19 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 19, 2012

Shin-Etsu Doubles Down On Japan Vinyl

Department: Business
Keywords: industrial biotechnology, algal oils, fermentation

Five Japanese chemical makers have finalized an agreement allowing three of them to exit two collectively owned ventures, which will become majority owned by Shin-Etsu Chemical. The two ventures produce the polyvinyl chloride raw materials chlorine and vinyl chloride. At present, Mitsubishi Chemical, Shin-Etsu, Asahi Glass, Adeka, and Kaneka each own as much as 50% of the ventures. Under the new agreement, Shin-Etsu will own 80% of one and 70% of the other. Mitsubishi will be the only other shareholder. In its latest financial results, Shin-Etsu noted that its Japanese vinyl business is struggling.

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