History

Milestones in Shin-Etsu's silicones business

1949
Company begins basic research in silicones.
1953
Commercial production of silicones begins.
1976
Silicone-Electronics Materials Research Center established.
1985
Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. established.
1986
Shin-Etsu Silicone Korea Co., Ltd. established.
1987
Shin-Etsu Silicone Taiwan Co., Ltd. established.
1989
Shin-Etsu Silicones Europe B.V. established.
1990
Shin-Etsu Singapore Pte. Ltd. established.
1991
Shincor Silicones, Inc. established.
2001
Shin-Etsu Silicones (Thailand) Ltd. established.
Asia Silicones Monomer Ltd. established.
2002
Zhejiang Shin-Etsu High-Tech Chemical Co., Ltd. established.
2003
Operations begin at Freeport Plant, Shin-Etsu Silicones of America.
Shin-Etsu Silicone International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. established.
Shin-Etsu celebrates 50 years in the silicones business.
2004
Operations begin at Asia Silicones Monomer and Shin-Etsu Silicones (Thailand).
2007
Shin-Etsu Silicone International Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. opens a new branch in Guangzhou, China.
2008
Shin-Etsu Singapore Pte. Ltd. sets up a liaison office in New Delhi, India.
2010
Shin-Etsu Silicones Europe B.V. opens a new branch in Wiesbaden, Germany.
Shin-Etsu Silicone (Nantong) Co., Ltd. established.
2011
Shin-Etsu Singapore Pte. Ltd. opens a new branch in New Delhi, India.
2012
Shin-Etsu do Brasil Representação de Produtos Químicos Ltda. established.
2013
Asia Silicones Monomer Ltd. to become a wholly owned Shin-Etsu Group Company.
Operations begin at Shin-Etsu Silicone (Nantong).
2014
Shin-Etsu Silicone Korea Co., Ltd. opens TECH Center.
2015
Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, Inc. opens new technical center.
2016
Shin-Etsu Silicones India Pvt. Ltd. established.
2017
Shin-Etsu Molding Technical Laboratory opens.

Awards and honors

1982
For development of one-component acetone-cure silicone RTV rubber, Shin-Etsu receives National Commendation for Invention from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (JIII).
1985
Received National Commendation for Invention from the JIII (for silicone SEP rubber).
1986
Received Director-General's Award from the Science and Technology Agency (for acetone-based silicone RTV rubber).
1990
Received Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan Award (for development of radiation-cured silicone for release paper).
1992
Received Director-General's Award from the Science and Technology Agency (for addition-cure silicone for release paper).
1993
Received the Chunichi Shimbun's Chunichi Industrial Technology Award (for development of oxygen permeable contact lenses).
2001
Received Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan Award (for development of a new conductive powder and its application to highly conductive silicone rubbers).
2003
Received Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan Award (for liquid-rubber and plastics adhesive technology).
2008
Received National Commendation for Invention from the JIII (for curable thermal grease for CPUs).
2013
Received Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan Award (for fast cure room temperature vulcanize silicone rubber).
2016
Received Society of Silicon Chemistry, Japan Award (for silicone thickening agent and W/O surfactant for cosmetic application).
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