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The origins of ADEKA go back to Tokyo Denka Kogyosho, a company headed by Furukawa Gomei Kaisha established in 1915 for the purpose of production of electrolytically-produced caustic soda. The company was founded back in those days at the dawn of the chemical industry in Japan with the aim of launching domestic production of soda products, a field that had thus far been dependent on imports. Concomitant with reorganization into a joint-stock company in 1917, the company launched operations under its new name of Asahi Denka Co., Ltd. With the launch of production of hydrogenated oils using hydrogen in 1919, the company expanded its business into the chemical industry with soda and oils and fats as its two mainstays.

Subsequently, the company further expanded, diversifying into the fields of chemicals and food, thus setting its course to the present day. In the field of chemicals, ADEKA manufactures a wide diversity of products ranging from additives for semi-manufactured organic and inorganic products and plastics to fine-chemical products such as high-functional chemicals for semiconductors and digital home appliances, contributing to a wide range of fields of industry including electronics, automobiles, civil engineering and construction, electrical machinery and paper manufacturing. In the field of food, ADEKA applies it fat and oil processing and emulsification technologies to develop processed oils and fats such as margarine and shortening and processed food products such as whipping cream to support a rich and varied dietary life.

At the present time, ADEKA has manufacturing plants in Kashima, Chiba, Mie, Fuji, Akashi and Soma as well as R&D centers in locations such as Ogu (Tokyo), Urawa and Kuki. The company is also proactively expanding its business by establishing an organization capable of adapting to diversifying market needs by reinforcing its R&D and sales capabilities with the addition of affiliate companies through industrial cooperation. Overseas too, ADEKA is promoting the reinforcement and expansion of its existing overseas plants and, at the same time, expanding its business to regions where growing demand is anticipated.

In keeping with its management policies of "Work hard to be a forward-looking organization by staying on the cutting edge" and "Be a respected member of the world community," ADEKA endeavors to supply global markets with competitive products of excellence.

The History of ADEKA Globalization

1917 Adeka was established to produce chlorine and caustic soda by salt electrolysis.
1918 Completion of Ogu Plant, Tokyo. Commenced operations.
1919 Started the production of hydrogenated oil.
1928 Separated an agrochemical manufacturing department and established NIHON NOHYAKU CO., LTD.
1929 Started the manufacture of RISU BRAND Margarine.
1938 Established KANTO DENKA KOGYO CO., LTD.
1947 Established YOKO SANGYO CO., LTD. for the purpose of selling our products (the trade name was changed to ADEKA CHEMICAL SUPPLY CORP. in 2006)
1949 Listed its stock on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
1959 Established TOKAI DENKA KOGYO CO., LTD. for the purpose of manufacturing and selling hydrogen peroxide products
1960 Established Kyokuyu Sangyo Co., Ltd.
1961 Established KYOKUYU REAL ESTATE CO., LTD. (the trade name was changed to ADEKA LIFE-CREATE CORP. in 2006)
1962 Established ADEKA ARGUS INDUSTRY CO., LTD. For the purpose of manufacturing and selling plasticizers and stabilizers for plastics the trade name was changed to ADEKA ARGUS CHEMICAL CO., LTD. in 1963)
1965 Established ADEKA SWIFT CHEMICAL CO., LTD. as a joint venture with Swift of the US.
1966 Akashi Plant in Hyogo completed.
1968 Advanced into KASHIMA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX. Participated in the establishment of KASHIMA CHLORINE & ALKALI CO., LTD., KASHIMA PVC MONOMER CO., LTD., KASHIMA SOUTH JOINT POWER CORPORATION, and KASHIMA CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
1969 Participated in the establishment of KANTO SODIUM SILICATE GLASS CO., LTD. and KASHIMA COMMON FACILITIES Co. Ltd.
1970 Completed Kashima Plant, Ibaraki.
1973 Established ADEKA CLEAN AID CORP. for the purpose of selling industrial detergent.
1975 Completed AS Kasei CO., LTD. Sodegaura Plant, Chiba. (Now,known as Chiba Plant)
Established ADEKA ENGINEERING CO., LTD.
1977 Established ACR CO., LTD. and TOKYO ENVIRONMENTAL MEASUREMENT CENTER CO., LTD.
1978 Established CO-OP CLEAN CO., LTD.
1979 Kuki Plant completed. (closed in 1996)
Completed the development from Ogu Plant to Kashima Plant and Chiba Plant.
Participated in the establishment of CHIBA FATTY ACIDS CO., LTD. for the purpose of manufacturing fatty acids and glycerines.
1985 Participated in the establishment of MIZUSHIMA PLASTICIZER CO., LTD. for the purpose of manufacturing special plasticizer.
1988 Established ASAHI DENKA(SINGAPORE)PTE.LTD. in Singapore. (now changed company name to ADEKA(SINGAPORE)PTE.LTD.)
1989 Established CHANG CHIANG CHEMICAL CO., LTD. in Taiwan for the purpose of manufacturing and selling plastic additives.
1990 Acquired capital in NIHON EPOXY RESIN CO., LTD. for the purpose of manufacturing epoxy resin
Merged with ADEKA ARGUS CHEMICAL CO., LTD..
1991 Established HAN-NONG ADEKA Co.,Ltd. in Korea (in 1997, the name was changed to DONGBU ADEKA Co.,Ltd.) as an overseas base for manufacturing plastic additives.
1994 Established AMFINE CHEMICALS CORP. in the US.
Established ASAHI FINE FOODS CO., LTD..(now changed company name to ADEKA FINE FOOD CORP.)
1995 Completed Soma Plant (the first period) and started operation
1996 Took over the operations of epoxy business of ACR CO., LTD..
Established ASAHI GENERAL CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD. for the purpose of comprehensive construction work including civil engineering and construction, installation of machines and appliances, electric work, pipework, etc.
Mie Plant was the first chemical company in Japan to acquire ISO 14001.
1998 Established an European office in Germany (incorporated as an overseas affiliated company in 1999).
1999 Completed the new building of R&D Laboratory(Ogu District).
Established ASAHI DENKA EUROPE GmbH in Germany.(now changed company name to ADEKA Europe GmbH)
Merged with TOKAI DENKA KOGYO CO., LTD..
2000 Established ASAHI DENKA KOREA CORP. in South Korea.(now changed company name to ADEKA KOREA CORP.)
Established ADEKA LOGISTICS CO.,LTD. as the original contractor on Logistics of ADEKA Group.(now changed company name to ADEKA LOGISTICS CORP.)
Established ASAHI FOOD SALES CO.,LTD. (now changed company name to ADEKA FOODS SALES CORP.)
Merged ASAHI GENERAL CONSTRUCTION CO.,LTD. with ADEKA ENGINEERING CO.,LTD. into ADEKA ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION CO.,LTD.(now changed company name to ADEKA ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION CORP.)
Merged YOKO SANGYO CO.,LTD. with ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL CO.,LTD.
Asahi Denka Europe GmbH, a German subsidiary , established a joint venture company "ADEKA PALMAROLE SAS" in France with a Swiss company, PALMAROLE AG.
2001 Acquired YONGO Co.,ltd. from JAPAN TOBACCO INC. and reorganized it as a subsidiary.
Established ASAHI DENKA SHANGHAI CO., LTD. in China.(changed company name to ADEKA (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in 2006)
2002 Established KUKDO CHEMICAL (KUNSHAN) CO., LTD. in China jointly with a Korean company KUKDO CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
Established ASAHI FINE CHEMICAL (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China.(now changed company name to ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD.)
2003 The subsidiary DONGBU ADEKA CORP. changed its trade name to ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL KOREA CORP.
Established ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL (CHANGSHU) CO., LTD. in China.
Established ASAHI DENKA (ASIA) PTE LTD. in Singapore.(now changed company name to ADEKA (ASIA) PTE. LTD.)
2004 Established CHANG CHIANG CHEMICAL (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. in China
Established ASAHI DENKA U.S.A, INC.(now changed company name to ADEKA USA CORP.)
Established ASAHI FOODS (CHANGSHU) CO., LTD. in China.(now changed company name to ADEKA FOODS(CHANGSHU) CO., LTD.)
Established ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL (THAILAND) CO., LTD. In Thailand.
Established ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL TAIWAN CORP. in Taiwan.
2005 Completed the Tainan Plant of ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL TAIWAN CORP.
Completed a plant of ADEKA FOODS (CHANGSHU) CO., LTD., a subsidiary in China for manufacturing and selling foods.
Acquired shares of UEHARA FOODS INDUSTRY CO., LTD., a food manufacture and distributor, and reorganized it as a subsidiary.
2006 Changed company name from ASAHI DENKA CO., LTD. to ADEKA CORP..
Moved headquarters to a new buildingin Higashi-ogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo from Nihonbashi,Chuo-ku.
2007 ADEKA INDIA PVT. LTD. established in India.
Acquired all outstanding shares of ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL KOREA CORP.
2008 ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL KOREA CORP. merged with ADEKA KOREA CORP. under the name of ADEKA KOREA CORP. 
ADEKA PALMAROLE SAS acquires shares of PALMAROLE COMPOUNDS SA, polymer additives manufacturer in France.
Assigned total shares of stock of CHIBA FATTY ACID CO., LTD.
2010 ADEKA KOREA CORP. established R&D center in Korea.
2011 ADEKA and Al GHURAIR PETROCHEMICALS LLC established ADEKA Al GHURAIR ADDITIVES LLC, a joint venture company in UAE.
2012 AMFINE CHEMICAL CORP. in the USA established AM STABILIZERS CORP. for the purpose of manufacturing and selling vinyl chloride stabilizer in the USA.
AM STABILIZERS CORP acquired a vinyl chloride stabilizer business (HALSTAB DIVISION) from American company Hammond Group Inc.
Established ADEKA BRASIL LTDA. in Brazil.
Established ADEKA FOODS (ASIA) SDN.BHD. in Malaysia.
Withdrew investment from KASHIMA CHLORINE & ALKALI CO., LTD., KASHIMA PVC MONOMER CO., LTD., and KASHIMA CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
2013 Completed new building of Urawa R&D Laboratory.
Established "Basic Policy against Corruption" and "Social Media Policy" of ADEKA Group.
2014 ADEKA FOODS (ASIA) SDN. BHD. acquired Halal certification from government agency of Malaysia.
2015 ADEKA FOODS (ASIA) SDN. BHD. acquired HACCP certification from Ministry of Health of Malaysia.
Established "ADEKA Group Corporate Governance and Guidelines."
Formulated "Action Plan to Support Development of Next Generation."
Formulated "Basic Policy on Stress Check System."
2016 The structure of ADEKA (SHANGHAI) CO., LTD. was transformed into an investment corporation and renamed as ADEKA (CHINA) CO., LTD..
Acquired shares of CROWN CO., LTD. and reorganized it as a subsidiary.
Established a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for the purpose of market surveys for chemical and food products.
Acquired shares of SHOWA KOSAN CO., LTD. and reorganized it as an equity method affiliate.
Formulated "Action Plan to Promote Success of Women in the Workplace."
2017 ADEKA (CHINA) CO., LTD. established ADEKA FINE CHEMICAL (Zhejiang) Co., LTD. in China for the purpose of manufacturing and selling chemical products such as polymer additives.

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