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History of Tosoh


Across a span of more than 75 years, Tosoh has steadily evolved into a resilient global operation that creates opportunity amid challenging times.

1935
Founding of Toyo Soda Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
1964
Opening of New York office (forerunner of Tosoh USA, Inc., established in 1979) 
1968
Shin-Daikyowa Co., Ltd. established
1971
Operation of Yokkaichi Manufacturing Complex begins
1975 Tekkosha Co., Ltd. merged into Toyo Soda Manufacturing
  Electrolytic manganese dioxide production begins in Greece at Tosoh Hellas A.I.C.
(formerly Tekkosha Hella A.B.E.)
1976
PVC production in Indonesia begins (P.T. Standard Toyo Polymer)
  Founding of Amto International trading company in Amsterdam (later became
Tosoh Europe B.V. in 1987)
1978
Ethyleneamine production in the Netherlands (Delamine B.V.) begins
  Shin-Daikyowa merges with Chubu Chemical Co., and acquires styrene monomer
plant
1979
Tosoh USA, Inc. established
1983
Tohoku Tosoh Chemical Co., Ltd. established
1985
Tosh Electronics Co., Ltd. established, sputtered hard disk production
begins
1986
Tosoh Susteel (PPS) production begins
1987
Company name changed to Tosoh Corporation
  U.S. joint venture firm TosoHaas established for sale of chromatography
materials
  Aspartame plant in the Netherlands (Holland Sweetener Company)
completed
1988
Acquisition of Specialty Metals Division of Varian Associates now Tosoh
SMD, Inc.
  Tosoh acquires equity interest in Industrial Resins (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd.
1989
Founding of Tosoh America, Inc.
  Establishment of Tosoh Medics, Inc.
  Ownership of NSG USA, Inc. transferred to Tosoh
  Equity participation in Weiss Scientific Glass Blowing Co., Inc.
1990
Tosoh/Shin-Daikyowa merger
  Tosoh Belgium established
  Equity participation in Eurogenetics
1992
Establishment of Nippon Silica Glass Europe
  Equity participation in General Chemical (Soda Ash) Partners 
1993
Tosoh SMD completed a new focused factory
1994
Holland Sweetener Company quadruples capacity of aspartame plant
  Acquisition of outstanding equity in Eurogenetics N.V., now Tosoh Bioscience,
N.V.
  Establishment of Philippine Resins Industries, Inc., a joint venture company of
Tosoh, Mitsubishi Corporation, Bank of the Philippine Islands and Mabuhay
Vinyl Corporation
1995
Tosoh SMD Korea, Ltd. established
  P.T. Satomo Indovyl Polymer established
  Acquisition of Cryco Quartz, Inc. and Cryco Twenty-Two, Inc.
1996
Tosoh SMD Singapore Pte. Ltd. established
  Equity participation in Taiyo Vinyl Corporation
  Completion of Tosoh's second VCM plant
  Opening of NSG Europe's factory in England
1997
Establishment of Tosoh SMD Taiwan, Ltd.
  Establishment of Tosoh Asia Pte. Ltd.
1998
Tosoh America relocates to Ohio
2000
Acquired:
     100% interest in Nippon Silica Glass Co., Ltd., now Tosoh Quartz Corporation
     100% interest in Tosoh Akzo, now Tosoh Finechem
     Remaining 50% from Rohm and Hass in TosoHaas, now wholly owned Tosoh
   Bioscience LLC
     Tosoh SET, Inc.
2001  Acquired remaining 50% stake in F-TECH, now Tosoh F-TECH

Tosoh Quartz Group opens processing plant in Taiwan

Tosoh & Hodogaya Chemical Acquire 100% interest in Nippon
Polyurethane Industry
2002
Tosoh subsidiary acquires PVC business from Kureha Chemical

Invests JYP2.5 billion in new TBA plant and infrastructure
2003
Trading company in China established (Tosoh Shanghai Trading)

All bioscience companies worldwide are united under the new
brand, Tosoh Bioscience

Nippon Silica Industrial becomes wholly owned subsidiary
2004
Investment in China makes Tosoh the largest VCM player in Asia
(JPY47 billion investment in multinational integrated operations)
2006
Tosoh Corporation announces that it will raise its stake in Nippon
Polyurethane Industry Co. Ltd. (NPU) to 51%, as part of a billion
dollar investment to strengthen Tosoh's vinyl-isocyanate infrastructure
and establish a more competitive presence in the rapidly expanding
polyurethane industry of Asia and especially China
2007
Production initiated at Tosoh (Guangzhou) Chemical Industries, Inc.,
Tosoh's vinyl chloride resin manufacturing and sales company in
Guangzhou, China (220,000 tons per year)
2008
Tosoh Group crosses the USD$8 billion mark with sales of JPY827
billion for Fiscal 2007
2010
Tosoh celebrates its 75th year in business with the opening of five new
plants and continued rapid expansion in China

Tosoh Bioscience Shanghai Co., Ltd. established
2011
Environment oriented Engineering Group established
 
Tosoh SMD Shanghai Co., Ltd. established
2012
Tosoh SGM USA, Inc. merger with Tosoh USA, Inc.
  Acquired 100% ownership of Nippon Polyurethane Industry Co., Ltd.