Understanding theSumitomo Chemical Story
To be able to respond to questions about what kind of a company Sumitomo Chemical isand what we do, we are providing a detailed introduction to Sumitomo Chemical.
The company’s history dates back over 100 years.
Sumitomo Chemical started business in 1913 as a producer of fertilizers from sulfur dioxide gas emitted by copper smelters, with the goal to both resolve an environmental problem and increase agricultural production.
There are 32,542 employees.
Each employee of Sumitomo Chemical will work to explore new possibilities every day, and overcome the challenges lying ahead with enthusiasm and a strong sense of mission.
as of March 31st, 2019
In Japan, we have a network of 11 R&D sites and production facilities.
By bringing together a variety of approaches, values, and technologies to generate new value, not limited to the field of chemistry, we will continue to boldly take on challenges ranging from ensuring that people have adequate food, clothing, and shelter, to resolving the global-scale problems of the environment, resources and energy, and food supply.
as of March 31st, 2019
Outside of Japan, we have a global network of 77 locations.
We seek to create new value through the global delivery of solutions that resolve societal issues and contribute to an improvement in the quality of life.
as of April 1st, 2019
Sumitomo Chemical formulated fundamental business principles, missions, and values as its Business Philosophy based on Sumitomo's Business Principles.
Sumitomo Chemical started business in 1913 as a producer of fertilizers from sulfur dioxide gas emitted by copper smelters.This business, which solved the environmental problem of air pollution while meeting the social demand for more agricultural production, embodied the business philosophy of the Sumitomo family handed down from the 17th century.
Building a Foundation as a Chemical Manufacturer
In 1913, Sumitomo Chemical got its start by producing fertilizer from harmful gas emitted in copper smelting operations.That business helped mitigate the environmental problem caused by emissions, while also contributing to boosting agricultural productivity.
The Sumitomo Fertilizer Manufactory began operations
Enters fine chemicals business
Acquires Japan Dyestuff Manufacturing Company engaged in dyes, pharmaceuticals, and other fine chemicals business
Growing into a Diversified Chemical Manufacturer
Sumitomo Chemical started new businesses one after another, successfully growing into a diversified chemical manufacturer.
Enters agricultural chemicals business
Enters petrochemical business
Expanding All Businesses Globally
In order to respond to the changing structure of society and the global economy,Sumitomo Chemical actively pushed forward with the globalization of all its businesses.
Petrochemical Corporation of Singapore began operations
Established Valent U.S.A. as a development and sales location for agricultural chemicals in the U.S.
Established Dongwoo Pure Chemicals
(present Dongwoo Fine-Chem) in South Korea
Established Sumitomo Chemical Belgium
(present Sumitomo Chemical Europe) in Belgium
Deepening Global Business
Sumitomo Chemical is doing business around the world,based on the idea of globally integrated management that develops competitive businesses by combining optimal technology, locations, partners, and personnel.
Petro Rabigh began operations in Saudi Arabia
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma acquired the pharmaceutical company Sepracor (present Sunovion Pharmaceuticals) in the U.S.
2,318.6 Billion Yen
In addition to increased shipments accompanying business expansion, overall sales rose by 128.1 billion yen compared to the previous fiscal year because the market price for products in the Petrochemicals & Plastics Sector rose alongside increases in raw material prices.
Overseas Sales Revenue Ratio
Overseas sales revenue ratio is 64.9％.
Core Operating Income
Despite an increase in shipments in the IT-related Chemicals Sector and Energy & Functional Materials Sector, core operating income declined by 58.4 billion yen compared to the previous fiscal year due to the impact of periodic plant maintenance in fiscal 2018 and a decrease in shipments of crop protection chemicals caused by extreme weather in North America.
Sumitomo chemical consists of five business sectors.Each sector continues to provide solutions that contribute to solving issues in society and improving the Quality of life, there by creating new value.