The history of Sekisui Plastics Group – From foundation to today’s success
As a pioneer of foam plastics
Established as Sekisui Sponge Industries Co. Ltd. with head office and factory in Nara City, and started expandable polystyrene (EPS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) foam business.
Commenced production of expandable polystyrene (EPS) beads.
Opened Tokyo Sales Office (currently Tokyo Headquarters),
Opened Kanto Factory (currently Sekisui Plastics Kanto Co., Ltd.) in Ibaraki.
Relocated head office to Osaka City.
Commenced production of polystyrene paper (PSP).
Commenced production of polyurethane foams.
Listed on the second section of the Osaka Securities Exchange. (currently Osaka Exchange, Inc.)
Opened Tenri factory (currently Sekisui Plastics Tenri Co.,Ltd.) in Nara City, and commenced production of polystyrene paper (PSP)
Commenced production of polyethylene foams in Kanto factory and Tenri Factory.
Changed company name to Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd.
Opened Shiga factory (currently Sekisui Plastics Shiga Co., Ltd.) and commenced production of expandable polystyrene (EPS) beads.
Established Kasahara Kasei Co., Ltd. (currently Sekisui Plastics Toubu Co., Ltd.) and commenced production of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foams.
Started expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling activity collaborated with leading consumer electronics companies.
Listed on second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (currently Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.)
Developed polystyrene/polyolefin hybrid resin foam (PIOCELAN).
Established Hokkaido Eslen Co., Ltd.(currently Sekisui Plastics Hokkaido Co., Ltd.) in Chitose City, Hokkaido.
Opened Oita Factory (currently Sekisui Plastics Oita) in Oita, Kyushu and commence production of polystyrene paper (PSP).
Listed on the first section both at the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
On the path of Growth
Commenced TECHPOLYMER acrylic polymer microparticle business.
Launched EPS construction method.
Opened Okayama Factory (currently Okayama Production dept. of Sekisui Plastics Tenri Co.,Ltd.), and commenced production of polystyrene paper (PSP).
Launched ST-gel, High-performance and highly safe gel materials.
Opened Ibaraki Shimodate Factory (currently Shimodate Production dept. of Sekisui Plastics Kanto Co., Ltd.), and commence production of polystyrene paper (PSP).
Acquired manufacturer of plastic food containers Giken Kasei Co., Ltd. (currently Sekisui Plastics Kansai Co.,Ltd) in Itami City, Hyogo.
Closed Nara Factory and moved location of the head office to Osaka due to city planning of Nara City.
Established Sekisui Plastics S.E.A in Singapore, the first overseas EPS bead production plant.
Established Sekisui Plastics (Shanghai) International Trading Co., Ltd. and Tianjin Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd. in China.
Made Yun Chu Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd. (current Taiwan Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd.) a consolidated subsidiary.
Established Sekisui Plastics Yamaguchi Co., Ltd(current Sekisui Plastics Seibu) in Hofu City, Yamaguchi.
Established Sekisui Plastics U.S.A., Inc in Tennessee
Established Sekisui Plastics Saitama Co., Ltd.
Established Sekisui Plastics Europe B.V. in Almelo, Netherlands.
Established Sekisui Plastics (Suzhou) in Suzhou, China.
Established SEKIWOO Co., Ltd. (current Sekisui Plastics Korea Co., Ltd.) in Seoul, Korea.
Established Taiwan Sekisui Jintatsu (current Sekisui Plastics Taiwan Co., Ltd.) in Taipei City, Taiwan.
Acquired the PSP business of Sunpolymer Corporation and established Sekisui Plastics Saitama in Hasuda City, Saitama. Created “Sekisui Plastics Group’s 100-Year Vision” to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
Established Sekisui Plastics Kyushu Co., Ltd. (current Sekisui Plastics Seibu) in Fukuoka City, integrated the branch, factory and sales companies in Kyushu region.
Established Sekisui Plastics Chubu Co., Ltd. in Nagoya City, integrated the branch and group companies in Chubu region.
Established Sekisui Plastics (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
Listed only on first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange due to the integration of cash equity markets of the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Securities Exchange.
Established Sekisui Plastics Tohoku in Sendai City integrated the branch and group companies in Tohoku region.
Established Sekisui Plastics Toubu in Ibaraki, integrated several subsidiaries in the Kanto region.
Established Taiwan Sekisui Plastics Co., Ltd, integrated subsidiaries in Taiwan.
Launched TECHFOAMER (currently ST-LAYER), the carbon-fiber composite using proprietary foam technology of Sekisui Plastics.
Established Sekisui Plastics S.A. de C.V. in Guanajuato state, Mexico.
Expanded business of industrial fields by acquiring rights of management of Yamakyu Co. (currently Sekisui Plastics Yamakyu Co., Ltd)
Established Sekisui Plastics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. its 2nd molding factory in Rayong, Thailand.
Acquired Proseat Group an automotive components manufacturer in Europe in order to strengthened core technologies and core business both groups have.
Launched ELASTIL the thermoplastic elastomeric bead foam.