Tosoh SMD, Inc. Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Grove City, Ohio, US – Tosoh SMD, Inc. (Tosoh SMD) The Global Leader in Target Technology™ is proud to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2018.

It was 1988 when Tokyo-based Tosoh Corporation (TYO: 4042), the parent company of the multi-billion dollar Tosoh Group, purchased the Specialty Metals Division of Varian Associates. At the time, the company was still operating in a small building in downtown Grove City. Now known globally as Tosoh SMD, the company is based on the north side of Grove City on a campus comprising 376,000 square feet of office and manufacturing space. Tosoh SMD’s Grove City campus has grown to accommodate not only its own expanding facilities and capabilities, but also that of other Tosoh Group members: Tosoh America, Inc., Tosoh’s North American regional headquarters; Tosoh USA, Inc., a sales and marketing office; as well as facilities for Tosoh’s bioscience-related business. Tosoh SMD will soon commence construction of the 6th expansion of the campus in order to support our growing business.

Tosoh SMD’s international operations include subsidiary manufacturing facilities in Korea and China, and sales staff positioned around the world. Backed by Tosoh Corporation, Tosoh SMD is part of Tosoh’s Advanced Materials Division whose global network provides such specialty products as silica glass, zeolites, fine ceramics and manganese dioxide.

Over the last 30 years, Tosoh SMD has contributed much to the world’s fundamental understanding of the effects of target metallurgy on physical vapor deposition (PVD) thin-film processes. In many cases we have led the way. Industries like semiconductor (computer chip manufacturing), OLED (organic light-emitting diodes for cell phone and camera displays), FPD (flat-panel displays for TV’s and monitors) and additive manufacturing (3-D printing) continue to challenge us daily. Meeting those challenges requires that we keep up with technology and our customers’ ever-changing material needs. We are routinely expanding our product portfolio to include newly created high-purity metals, metal alloys and powders.

The industry has changed dramatically in the last 30 years. It has both challenged us and inspired us. We have adapted well and will continue to prosper through investments in employees, equipment, research and development. We expect that the next 30 years will be even better.

Working closely to lead and support the Tosoh SMD team is its executive management team comprising Jan Top, CEO; Joseph Buckfeller, President and COO; Hideki Ohno, Vice President of Corporate Strategy; Eugene Ivanov, Chief Technology Officer; Lori Throndsen, Director of Operations; Lora Thrun, Director of Engineering and Jason Gavula, Director of Sales and Marketing. We all share the common goal of total customer satisfaction. In partnership with our customers we will develop Tomorrow’s Technology Together.

Contact: Jason Gavula
Director, Global Sales and Marketing



Tosoh is the parent of the Tosoh Group, which comprises over 100 companies worldwide and a multiethnic workforce of over 12,000 people and generated net sales of ¥822.9 billion (US$7.4 billion at the average rate of ¥110.85 to the US dollar) in fiscal 2018, ended March 31, 2018.


Tosoh is one of the largest chlor-alkali manufacturers in Asia. The company supplies the plastic resins and an array of the basic chemicals that support modern life. Tosoh’s petrochemical operations supply ethylene, polyethylene, and functional polymers, while its advanced materials business serves the global semiconductor, display, and solar industries. Tosoh has also pioneered sophisticated bioscience systems that are used for the monitoring of life-threatening diseases. In addition, Tosoh demonstrates its commitment to a sustainable future in part by manufacturing a variety of eco-products.

Stock Exchange Ticker Symbol: 4042


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For more information, please contact


Jeff Markley
International Corporate Development
Tosoh Corporation
Tel: +81 3 5427 5118
Fax: +81 3 5427 5198