History|Constant R&D of green chmicals - Nitto Kasei with Grignard reaction

History

1940:
  • ・ Nitto Kenmazai Works was established to manufacture and sell fatty buffing compounds.
1947:
  • ・ Nitto Kenmazai Works was incorporated as Nitto Kenmazai Co., Ltd.
1951:
  • ・ The Company was renamed to Nitto Kasei Co., Ltd. as an entity engaged in R&D, manufacture and sale of chemicals; Tatsuo Katsumura assumed office as the first President.

Tatsuo Katsumura in the research room
Tatsuo Katsumura
in the laboratory

Scene from the research room in the company’s early years
Scene of the laboratory.
in the early age

1954:
  • ・ Nitto succeeded first in Japan in developing organo-tin stabilizers for PVC, its patent was filed in 1959, and contributed significantyly to the growth of PVC industry.

Product labels of early stabilizers
Product labels of early stabilizers

Patent certificate
Patent certificate

1958:
  • ・ Amagasaki Factory was newly established and there Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of organo tin pesticides and agrochemical materials.
  • ・ Nitto commenced Japan’s first large-scale industrial production using the Grignard reaction.
  • ・ Tokyo Sales Office was opened, forming a nationwide sales and technical service network.
  • ・ Nitto commenced joint R&D with Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd. to develop new raw materials for organo-tin agrochemicals.

Shinto-style Amagasaki Factory construction inaugural ceremony
Amagasaki Factory
construction in Shinto-style ceremony

Crop-dusting
Crop-dusting

1962:
  • ・ The Company signed a cross-licensing technical agreement on organometallic compounds with M&T Chemicals Inc. of the USA, then the world’s largest organo-tin compound manufacturer.
  • ・ The Company commenced joint R&D with Nippon Oil and Fat co.,ltd. to develop new marine antifouling technology.

Scene from a technical meeting with M&T Chemicals
Scene of a technical
meeting with M&T Chemicals

Mr. Glosky, Vice President of M&T Chemicals, with Tatsuo Katsumura
Grosky, Vice President of
M&T Chemicals, with Tatsuo Katsumura

M&T Chemicals commemorative reception
M&T Chemicals
commemorative reception

1965:
  • ・ Nitto conducted equity participation in Koriyama Kasei Co., Ltd. (present Nisso Finechemicals Co., Ltd.), commencing dibutyl-tin oxide manufacturing modification and centralizing production sites.

Koriyama Kasei Co., Ltd.
Koriyama Kasei Co., Ltd.

1966:
  • ・ Nitto succeeded first in the world in developing the world’s first tin polymer for marine antifouling paints, the patent for which was registered in major countries around the world. THE product later came to be used in almost all marine paints throughout the world, earning the praise as the "best invention in the century" in the maritime industry.

Spraying paint onto a ship bottom
Spraying paint onto the hall

Large vessel in dry dock
Large ocean-going vessel drydocking

1967:
  • ・ Nitto signed a sales agreement with Luxan B. V. of the Netherlands, Nitto developed new active organo-tin agrochemical materials, and later dividing the European market with Hoechst AG of Germany.
  • ・ Technical partnership in the polyurethane area with Mobay Chemical Company. of the USA resulted in the development of various tin compounds for applications in polyurethane foaming catalysts, silicone bridging catalysts, epoxy hardening catalysts and esterification catalysts, and the manufacture and sale of various catalysts.
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of tin polymers for fish net antifoulings .

Aerial photo of Luxan
Aerial photo of Luxan B.V.

1968:
  • ・ Nitto commenced first in Japan the manufacture and sale of a certified safe stabilizer for food packaging materials, approved by the FDA of the USA.
  • ・ Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon.

Product catalog in those days
Product catalog in those days of FDA
approved stabilizers

Decoration
Decoration

Medal and certificate
Medal and certificate

1969:
  • ・ Toichi Ito assumed office as the second-generation President.

Toichi Ito, second-generation President
Toichi Ito,
second-generation President

1971:
  • ・ The Company commenced manufacture and sale of tin polymer for marine antifouling paints.
  • ・ The Company commenced manufacture and sale of cationic electrodeposition catalysts for automobile industry.
  • ・ The Company developed and commenced manufacture and sale of reactive diluents for epoxy.
1972:
  • ・ Representative office was opened in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Ryuichi Katsumura (present Chairman) was assigned to the Rotterdam office.
  • ・ Eight major tin manufacturers in the world, including Nitto, formed the Organo Tin Environmental Project (ORTEP) to conduct environmental assessment of organo-tin compounds.
1973:
  • ・ Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura assumed office as the President of Osaka Soda Co., Ltd. (present Daiso Co., Ltd.).
1978:
  • ・ ORTEP Association was formed, succeeding the initial ORTEP, with the participation of 23 companies from around the world. Nitto served as a steering committee member.
  • ・ Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura became President of the Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan.
  • ・ The Company commenced manufacture and sale of portable body warmers, developed as a new business project.

Steering committee of ORTEP at its inception (Nitto Kasei representative second from right)
Steering committee of ORTEP at its inception
(Nitto Kasei representative second from right)

Newly developed body warmer
Newly developed portable body warmer

1980:
  • ・ Nitto transferred organo-tin stabilizer manufacturing technology to Gandhi Parek of India.
1981:
  • ・ Nitto succeeded in developing a new agricultural anti-mite insecticide concentrate and commenced its manufacture and sale.
  • ・ Nitto transferred PVC processing technology to R. T. Carr of New Zealand (present Carr Group of Companies).

´Kanpai! (cheers)´
"Kanpai! (cheers)"
for the first shipment of the new product

Ribbon-cutting ceremony
Ribbon-cutting ceremony

Banzai!
"Banzai!"

1982:
  • ・ The Company signed a partnership agreement with Schering AG of Germany for integrated tributyl-tin oxide production. The two companies divided the world market between them.
1984:
  • ・ Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon.

Decoration
Decoration

Medal and certificate
Medal and certificate

1986:
  • ・ Nitto established Iwaki Nitto Co., Ltd. in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture.
  • ・ Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura received the Chemistry Society of Japan Technology Award.
  • ・ President Toichi Ito received the Award for Achievement in Science and Technology Promotion.

Iwaki Nitto Co., Ltd. and Iwaki Factory
Iwaki Nitto Co., Ltd. Iwaki Factory

Administrative building in snow
Administrative building in snow

1988:
  • ・ Ryuichi Katsumura assumed office as the third-generation President.
  • ・ Interchem Manufacturing Pte Ltd was established in Singapore, which commenced manufacture and sale of tin polymers for marine antifouling paints.
  • ・ Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura received the Okochi Memorial Technology Award.

Interchem established
Interchem established

President Ryuichi Katsumura
President Ryuichi Katsumura

Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura receiving Okochi Award
Chairman Tatsuo Katsumura
receiving Okochi Award

1990:
  • ・ Sun East Trading Co., Ltd. was established.
1991:
  • ・ Dainichi Chemical Co., Ltd. was established as a joint venture between Nitto and Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd.
  • ・ Nitto succeeded in developing new silyl polymers for tin-free marine antifouling paints and commenced its manufacture and sale.
1994:
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of pharmaceutical intermediates, (follwing GMP).
1996:
  • ・ Nitto conducted equity participation in Nittoko Enterprise Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and commenced manufacture and sale of organo-tin stabilizers in Taiwan.
  • ・ Nitto’s signboard was set on a building in the Headquarters, next to an elevated track of Tokaido Shinkansen Line.
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of inorganic-tin glass coating materials.

Signing ceremony in Taiwan
Signing ceremony in Taiwan

Signboard in town
Signboard in town

Signboard lighting ceremony
Signboard lighting ceremony

Nitto Kasei employees looking up at the signboard
Nitto Kasei employees
looking up at the signboard

1997:
  • ・ Nitto held a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of its founding.
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of new tin-free titanium bridging catalysts.

Cask-breaking ceremony
Cask-breaking ceremony

Banzai!
"Banzai!"

2000:
  • ・ Nitto registered new tin-free bismuth-based catalysts under "the existing chemicals and dangerous substances regulation law in Japan." and commenced its manufacture and sale.
  • ・ Nitto registered new tin-free boron-biocide for marine antifouling applications under "the existing chemicals and dangerous substances regulation law in Japan.".
2001:
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of Li-ion battery electrolysis additives.
  • ・ Nitto had its new boron-fish net aintifoulings registered as safety-assured antifoulings under the National Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations, and commenced its manufacture and sale.
2002:
  • ・ Tatsuo Katsumura, the founder of Nitto Kasei had passed away. The farewell ceremony was held in collaboration with Daiso Co., Ltd. and about 900 people joined.

Flower offering ceremony
Flower offering ceremony

Buffet lunch
Buffet lunch

Koji Satomo,President of Daiso and Ryuichi Katsumura,President of Nitto Kasei
Koji Satomo, President of Daiso and
Ryuichi Katsumura, President of Nitto Kasei

2003:
  • ・ Nitto's representative office was reopened in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Yoshitaka Katsumura (present President) was assigned to the Rotterdam office.
2006:
  • ・ The understanding and reputation that Nitto's silyl polymer technology is the best both in antifouling performance and fuel saving was established in the world market.

Large vessel in dry dock
Large ocean-going vessel drydocking

Spraying paint onto a ship bottom
Spraying paint onto the hall

2007:
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of glass intermediate film raw materials.
  • ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of glass coating materials for solar battery panels.
2008:
  • ・ Nitto completed acquisition of Sankyo Yuki Gosei Co., Ltd. (present Daiichi Sankyo Chemical Pharma Co., Ltd.)'s chemicals division.
2009:
  • ・ Construction of factory No.9 started in Amagasaki factory site.

Construction scene
Construction scene

Reactor installation
Reactor installation

Underground installation of raw material tank
Underground installation of
raw material tank

2010:
  • ・ Yoshitaka Katsumura assumed office as fourth-generation President.

President Yoshitaka Katsumura giving an inaugural speech
President Yoshitaka Katsumura
giving an inaugural speech

Buffet party
Buffet party

Attendants being presented with souvenirs
Memorial souvenirs presented to all the attendants

  • ・ Amagasaki factory No.9 and new office building were completed.

Factory No.9
Factory No.9

Tape cut ceremony
Tape cut ceremony

New office building
New office building

2011:
  • ・ Thanks Family Day was held in Amagasaki factory site 120 employees and families joined.

Factory tour
Factory tour

Magic show
Magic show

Buffet lunch
Buffet lunch

Amusements
Amusements

2012: ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of tire compound additives.
・ Sun East Real Estate Co., Ltd. established.
2013: ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of rechargeable battery component materials.
・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of intermediate of immunostimulants.
2015: ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of heat stabilizers for Frame Retardant resins.
2016: ・ Nitto commenced manufacture of organotin PVC heat stabilizers and condensation catalysts as well as their supply in South East Asian countries.
2017: ・ Dusseldorf representative office established in Germany.
2018: ・ Nitto commenced manufacture and sale of powder-type bismuth catalysts for powder paints.
Page Top