Sumitomo Seika’s Path of Value Creation
The Sumitomo Seika Group was founded in 1944 as a manufacturer and seller of fertilizers. Later, as the fertilizer industry suffered upheaval, the company switched its main focus to industrial chemicals. Since that time, we have used our technical foundations to push forward research and development, and now we have expanded our business lines to include super absorbent polymers and functional materials.
Founding during wartime and contributions to post-war recovery
Moving forward by increasing production of fertilizer to contribute to food production during the post-war reconstruction period.
Period of change accompanying industrial transformation
Implements production increases and streamlines ammonia and urea production to respond to a transition phase in the fertilizer industry.
Period of reform accompanying business transformation
Starts new development in the areas of industrial chemicals, standard gas, and polymers with the aim of diversifying top-level management operations.
Budding of core businesses
With new businesses achieving significant growth, promotes efforts to strengthen business foundations for the future.
Establishment of business foundation
Drawing on accumulated technical capabilities and sales capabilities, development begins in business areas of fine chemicals, functional resins, and electronics gases.
Start of global expansion
Started overseas operations amid rapid expansion of super absorbent polymers business.
Start of a Growth Trajectory
Capital expenditure is actively focused on the growth businesses of super absorbent polymers and electronics gases in Japan and overseas.
Business Expansion and New Challenges
As well as further expansion of business sites, particularly in Asia, efforts are made to address sustainability and other issues.