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Brief History

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1912
  • Hitachi, Ltd. began research into electrical insulating materials for electrical machinery. This is the origin of Hitachi Chemical.
1952
  • Hitachi Insulating Materials Works (currently Yamazaki Works) of Hitachi, Ltd. became independent from Hitachi Works.
1961
  • Shimodate Sub-factory of Hitachi, Ltd. become independent as Shimodate Works.
1962
  • Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd. was established as a separate entity.
1963
  • Began business by taking over the assets of the Chemical Products Division of Hitachi, Ltd.
1965
  • Spun off Kanagawa Works (condenser division) to form Hitachi Condenser Co., Ltd. (currently Hitachi AIC Inc.)
  • Established Sakuragawa Works.
1968
  • Spun off Matsudo Works (powdered metal division) to form Hitachi Powdered Metals Co., Ltd.
  • Established Ishigami Branch Works (currently Katsuta Works).
1969
  • Established Yuki Works (currently Yuki Works of Housetec Inc.).
1970
  • Listed shares on the second section of the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.
1971
  • Listed shares on the first section of the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges.
1973
  • Established Ibaraki and Shimodate Research Laboratories and Goi Works.
1974
  • Headquarters moved from Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward to Shinjuku Ward.
1980
  • Established Shimodate Works II (currently Goshomiya Works).
1986
  • Established Minamiyuki Works and Tsukuba Research Laboratory.
1990
  • Established Kashima Works.
1994
  • Merged Sakuragawa Works into Yamazaki Works. Merged Minamiyuki Works into Shimodate Works.
1995
  • Spun off Goshomiya Works from Yuki Works.
1999
  • Merged Tsukuba, Ibaraki, and Shimodate Research Laboratories into one centralized R&D Center.
2000
  • Merged Kashima Works into Yamazaki Works.
2001
  • Hitachi AIC Inc. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Spun off Housing Equipment and Environmental Facilities Division to form Hitachi Housetec Co., Ltd.(currently Housetec Inc.).
2003
  • Adopted a "Company with Committees System".
2005
  • Reorganized of Research & Development Center into High Performance Materials R&D Center, Electronic Materials R&D Center and Advanced Materials R&D Center.
2008
  • Excluded the housing equipment and environmental facilities business from the Group business by the sales of shares of Hitachi Housetec Co., Ltd.(currently Housetec Inc.).
  • Hitachi Powdered Metals Co., Ltd. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Reorganized of Research & Development Center into Advanced Materials R&D Center and New Applied Materials R&D Center.
2009
  • Absorbed Nikka Equipment & Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Reorganized of Research & Development Center into Tsukuba Research Laboratory.
2010
  • Merged Goshomiya Works into Shimodate Works.
  • Integration of sales, business planning and R&D divisions of Hitachi Powdered Metals Co., Ltd.
2012
  • Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd. became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
  • Transfer (acquisition) of Semiconductor Encapsulating Materials Business from Nitto Denko Corporation.
  • Integration of R&D division relating to batteries of Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
2013
  • Headquarters moved from Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward to Chiyoda Ward.
  • Integration of sales, business planning and R&D (except for relating to batteries) divisions of Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd.
2014
  • Absorbed Hitachi Powdered Metals Co., Ltd. Established Matsudo Works.
  • Transferred goodwill of Hitachi Chemical group-related products from Hitachi Kasei Shoji Co., Ltd.
2015
2016
  • Absorbed Shin-Kobe Electric Machinery Co., Ltd. and Shin-Kobe Techno Service Co., Ltd. Established Saitama Works, Nabari Works and Hikone Works.
  • Absorbed Hitachi Kasei Polymer Co., Ltd. and. Hitachi Chemical Filtec Inc.
2017
  • FIAMM Energy Technology S.p.A. became a consolidated subsidiary of Hitachi Chemical Co., Ltd.
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