Company Profile


1926 Established a production technology for the industrialization of acetic acid with acetylene, through joint research by four wood-vinegar-manufacturing companies.
1927 Established Nippon Gohsei Kagaku Kenkyusho through the tie-up of the four manufacturing companies.
Started construction on the Ogaki Plant in Ogaki city, Gifu Prefecture.
1928 Changed the company's name to the Nippon Synthetic Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., succeeded in industrialization of the first organic composition acetic acid in Japan, and in the following year, started construction on a hydration tower to greatly reinforce the capabilities of the company.
1936 Succeeded in the first production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) and vinyl acetate resin in Japan by use of acetylene method.
1939 Decided on a production base of acetone butanol (by consistency from carbide) in Uto city, Kumamoto Prefecture, and started construction of the Kumamoto Plant.
1947 Resumed research into producing VAM and the production of ethyl acetate in Ogaki.
1949 Started construction of a facility for VAM production at the Kumamoto Plant.
Completed construction of GOHSENOL (polyvinyl alcohol: PVOH) production plant at the Ogaki Plant.
1951 Reinforced the GOHSENOL production equipment at both Ogaki and Kumamoto Plants.
1958 Invested in Taisei Kayaku Co., Ltd.
1960 Started production of glyoxal and ketene derivatives at the Ogaki Plant.
Established Ogaki Kasei Kogyo Co., Ltd. (currently Ogaki Plant Motoima) under joint management, mainly for the manufacturing of downstream products.
1963 Cooperated with Mitsubishi Kasei Kogyo Co., Ltd. (currently Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation) for material conversion of petrochemicals and decided on proceeding to the Mizushima lndustrial Complex in Okayama Prefecture, established Mizushima Gohsei Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd. (currently Mizushima Plant.) under joint management, and in the following year, started the production of acetic acid and ethyl acetate with acetaldehyde.
Consigned the production of Hi-Selon (water-soluble PVOH film) to Kansai Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1965 Decided on financial participation in Kansai Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1967 Started production of GOHSENOL at Mizushima Gohsei Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1969 Developed the paint material resin GOHSELAC (unsaturated polyester) and started production of the product at the Ogaki Plant.
Started production of VAM at Mizushima Gohsei Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
1971 Merged with Mizushima Gohsei Kagaku Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Relocated the Central Research Laboratory to Ibaraki city, Osaka.
1972 Established Tokai Resin Co., Ltd. (currently Ogaki Plant Kamiya), and in the following year, started production of Hi-Selon.
1975 Started production of fine chemical products (pharmaceutical intermediates) at the Kumamoto Plant.
1984 Started production of SOARNOL (ethylene vinyl alcohol copolymer resin) at the Mizushima Plant.
1986 Started development and production of imidazol.
1987 Established the U.S. sales office NIPPON GOHSEI (U.S.A.) Co., Ltd.
1989 Started production of SHIKOH, ultraviolet optics (ultraviolet ray and electronic line hardening type resin).
1993 Started production of polarizing film and retardation film at the Ogaki Plant.
1994 Planned the U.S. business development for SOARNOL and purchased a plant in Houston, Texas from E.I. DuPont Nemours & Company.
Established NOLTEX L.L.C. under joint management.
1996 Established the North American sales company SOARUS L.L.C. for SOARNOL under joint management.
Established NIPPON GOHSEI Europe GmbH as a European sales office.
1997 Founded Processing-Technique Development Center at Mizushima.
1998 Ceased production of polarizing film and retardation film.
2001 Established NIPPON GOHSEI UK Ltd. for manufacturing SOARNOL.
Established Nichigo Business Center Co., Ltd. by combining the administrative fields of Ogaki Plant and subsidiaries in Ogaki area.
Started commercial operation of a multi-plant for highly-functional GOHSENOL.
2003 Started production of OPLFilm (optical polarized PVOH film, a key component of polarizing film for liquid crystal displays) at Ogaki.
2004 Started production of SOARNOL in the U.K.
Acquired all shares in Clariant Polymer Co., Ltd. (Nichigo-Mowinyl Co., Ltd.) and made it a subsidiary.
2005 Merged with Ogaki Kasei Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Founded Functional Film Development Center at Ogaki.
2006 Established NIPPON GOHSEI Shanghai Office in China.
2008 Started production of OPLFilm at Kumamoto.
2009 Merged with Nichigo-Mowinyl Co., Ltd.
2010 Established NICHIGO SHANGHAI Co., Ltd. in China.
Become a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Chemical Group.
2017 Transferred the synthetic resin emulsion business to Japan Coating Resin Corporation.