Chronology

History

1908
Sakai Celluloid Co., Ltd. and Japan Celluloid Artificial Co., Ltd. are established.
Sakai celluloid panorama
Sakai celluloid panorama

1919-

Sep. 1919
Dainippon Celluloid Company Limited, with plants in Sakai, Kanzaki, Aboshi, and Tokyo, is created through the merger of eight celluloid producers.
Jul. 1927
Mikuni Celluloid Co., Ltd. (in 1973, renamed into Mikuni Plastics Co., Ltd. ) is established and begins celluloid processing operations.
May. 1928
A photographic film testing plant (film lab) is established within the Tokyo Plant.
Sep. 1929
Cellulose acetate plastic is developed.
Jan. 1934
The Company's photographic film operations are spun off to form Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (currently FUJIFILM Corporation).
Sep. 1935
The new Arai Plant is established in Niigata Prefecture and begins producing acetylene-base organic chemicals.
Jun. 1938
The Sakai Plant begins manufacturing acetate filament.
The Sakai Plant in the early years
The Sakai Plant
in the early years
Photographic film
Photographic film

1950-

Jul. 1953
The Aboshi Plant begins to manufacture tri-acetyl cellulose (TAC) for photographic film and begins supplying Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd.
The Aboshi Plant begins production of gunpowder.
Jun. 1954
The Kawachi Plant (presently the Harima Plant) established and begins the manufacture of smokeless gunpowder.
Sep. 1956
Dainippon Plastics Co.,Ltd. established and begins plastics processing operations.
Aug. 1958
The Sakai Plant begins full-scale manufacturing acetate tow for cigarette filters.
Mar. 1959
Nagoya Office (presently Nagoya Sales Office) established.
Smokeless gunpowder
Smokeless gunpowder
Cigarette filter tow
Cigarette filter tow

1960-

Jan. 1961
Dainippon Kasei Co.,Ltd. established and begins petrochemical operations.
Feb. 1961
The Sakai Plant is established as a SAN resin manufacturing facility and begins production.
May 1964
Polyplastics Co.,Ltd. established and begins producing polyacetal resin.
Feb. 1966
The Company is renamed Daicel Co., Ltd.
Jun. 1968
Dainippon Kasei Co., Ltd. is acquired, and its Ohtake Plant becomes Daicel's Ohtake Plant.
Aug. 1968
The Sakai Plant begins manufacturing ABS resin.
Mar. 1969
The Tokyo Plant is closed and celluloid production is concentrated in the Aboshi Plant.
Signing ceremony for the establishment of Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
Signing ceremony for the establishment of Polyplastics Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Plant
Tokyo Plant
CMC manufacturing facility in the Aboshi Plant
CMC manufacturing facility in the Aboshi Plant

1970-

Jul. 1970
Daicel-Huls Ltd. (currently Daicel-Evonik Ltd.) is established as a joint venture and begins marketing Polyamide-12 resin.
Jul. 1977
Kyodo Sakusan Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture.
Oct. 1979
The Company is renamed Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd.

1980-

Apr. 1980
Begins production of acetic acid using the methanol carbonylation process.
Nov. 1980
The Central Research Center is established in Hyogo Prefecture.
Apr. 1982
Begins optical resolution operations.
Dec. 1982
Kyodo Polymer Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture to undertake ABS resin production and sales.
Apr. 1984
Daicel (U.S.A.), Inc. is established in the USA.
Nov. 1984
Daicel (Europa) GmbH is established in Germany.
May. 1988
Daicel-UCB Company, Ltd. (currently Daicel-Allnex Ltd.) is established as a joint venture for the production and sales of ultraviolet and electron-beam curable resins.
Oct. 1988
Daicel Safety Systems Inc. is established as an automobile airbag inflator production subsidiary.
May. 1989
Daicel Chemical (Asia) Pte.Ltd. is established in Singapore.
Acetic acid production facility utilizing the methanol carbonylation process
Acetic acid production facility utilizing the methanol carbonylation process
Central Research Center
Central Research Center

1990-

Jul. 1990
Begins polystyrene production.
Nov. 1990
A facility for manufacturing acetate tow for cigarette filters is established in the Aboshi Plant, thus creating the twin hub system at Sakai and Aboshi.
The Aboshi Plant begins manufacturing Tri-Acetyl Cellulose (TAC) for LCD optical films.
Chiral Technologies, Inc. is established in the U.S.A. as a hub of optical resolution operations.
Oct. 1991
Dainichi Chemical Corp. is established for the production and sales of oligomers and other products.
Jul. 1992
Xi' an Huida Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture in China to manufacture and sell acetate tow for cigarette filters.
Nov. 1992
Daicel (Hong Kong) Ltd. is established in Hong Kong.
Jun. 1993
The Hirohata Plant is established in the Himeji Production Sector in Hyogo prefecture.
May. 1994
Daicen Membrane-Systems Ltd. is established as a joint venture to manufacture and sell membrane modules for water treatment.
Nov. 1994
Shanghai Daicel Polymers, Ltd. a resin compound manufacturing company, is established in Shanghai, China.
Apr. 1995
Commitment to establishment of Japan Responsible Care Council.
Oct. 1995
Chiral Technologies-Europe SARL (currently Chiral Technologies Europe S.A.S.) is established in France as a European hub for the optical resolution business.
Oct. 1997
Begins practical study of NI catalyst air-oxidation technology.
Apr. 1998
The H.R. Training Center is established in Ako-gun, Hyogo prefecture.
Apr. 1999
Toyo Styrene Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture.
Jun. 1999
Reforms governance by the introduction of corporate officer system and outside director.
Iwaki Plant, Dainichi Chemical Corp.
Iwaki Plant,
Dainichi Chemical Corp.
MOLSEP separation membrane module
MOLSEP separation
membrane module
Shanghai Daicel Polymers, Ltd.
Shanghai Daicel
Polymers, Ltd.

2000-

Mar. 2000
The Integrated Production Center (IPC) is established in the Aboshi Plant of the Himeji Production Sector and begins integrated operation.
Dec. 2000
Daicel Safety Systems America, LLC, a joint venture, is established as the U.S. hub for automobile airbag inflators.
Jan. 2001
Resin compound operations are spun off and Daicel Polymer Ltd. is established and begins operations.
The plastic sheet forming business is spun off and Daicel Pack Systems, Ltd. is established and begins operations.
Oct. 2001
Daicel Kaseihin Co., Ltd. and Daicel Craft Ltd. are merged to establish Daicel FineChem Ltd. to strengthen the trading functions of the Daicel Group and begins operations.
Nagano Novafoam Ltd. and West Japan Novafoam Ltd. merge to form Daicel Novafoam Ltd. a subsidiary involved in plastic foaming products.
Sep. 2002
Daicel acquires a company involved in the manufacture and sales of sorbic acid and other products to establish and begin operations at Daicel Nanning Food Ingredients Co., Ltd. in China.
Daicel Safety Systems (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established in Thailand as a production and sales hub for automobile airbag inflators.
Mar. 2004
Daicel Safety Systems Europe Sp.z o.o. is established in Poland as the European hub of automobile airbag inflator production.
Apr. 2004
The package filming business is spun off and Daicel Value Coating Ltd. is established and begins operations.
Jul. 2004
Daicel Chemical (China) Investment Co.,Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China.
Dec. 2004
Daicel Safety Systems (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. is established in China as a production and sales hub for automobile airbag inflators.
Mar. 2005
Ningbo Da-An Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. is established as a joint venture in China to manufacture and sell cellulose acetate and acetic anhydrate.
Jan. 2006
Topas Advanced Polymers GmbH is established in Germany, acquires Ticona's cyclic olefin copolymer business, and begins production.
Aug. 2007
Daicel Chiral Technologies (China) Co., Ltd. is established in Shanghai, China.
Oct. 2007
The Ohtake Plant is established as an acetate tow manufacturing facility.
Dec. 2007
Daicel(Hong Kong)Ltd. is closed and its businesses is transferred to Daicel Chemical (China) Investment Co.,Ltd. .
Mar. 2008
In Japan, part of the premises of the Sakai Plant was expropriated for construction of the Yamatogawa Line of the Hanshin Expressway. The Sakai Plant is closed.
Dainippon Plastics Co., Ltd. is transferred to Takiron Co., Ltd. .
Apr. 2008
Daicel Chiral Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd. is established in Hyderabad, India.
May. 2008
The Ohtake Plant is established as a tri-acetyl cellulose (TAC) manufacturing facility.
Oct. 2008
Mikuni Plastics Co., Ltd. transfers its entire business to Aron Kasei Co., Ltd. .
Mar. 2009
Construction of the ethyl acetate manufacturing facility using esterification process is completed.
Integrated Production Center (IPC)
Integrated Production Center (IPC)
Daicel Nanning Food Ingredients Co., Ltd.
Daicel Nanning Food Ingredients Co., Ltd.
Daicel Safety Systems (Thailand) Co.,Ltd
Daicel Safety Systems
(Thailand) Co.,Ltd
Daicel Chiral Technologies (India) Pvt. Ltd.
Daicel Chiral Technologies
(India) Pvt. Ltd.
Tri-Acetyl Cellulose manufacturing facility (The Ohtake Plant)
Tri-Acetyl Cellulose
manufacturing facility
(The Ohtake Plant)

2010-

Oct. 2011
The Company is renamed Daicel Corporation.
Dec. 2011
Daicel Safety Systems Korea, Inc. is established in Korea.
Apr. 2012
Daicel Novafoam, Ltd., and Tohoku Polymer Ltd. as a Mitsui Chemical's subsidiary are merged to establish DM Novafoam, Ltd..
Daicel Polymer (Thailand) Co., Ltd. is established in Thailand.
Special Devices Inc. as a manufacturer of initiators is purchased and transformed into our subsidiaries.
May. 2013
Daicel established a joint venture by acquiring 35% of the outstanding shares of Toyama Filter Tow Co., Ltd., an acetate tow manufacturing subsidiary of Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.
Mar. 2015
Acquired Unitika’s “Health & Amenity” business.
Apr. 2015
Daicel Safety Systems America Arizona, Inc. is established as the 2nd Manufacturing Plant of the inflator in the Americas.
May. 2016
Daicel (U.S.A.), Inc. is renamed Daicel America Holdings, Inc. to expand its functions.
Daicel Safety Systems America Holdings, Inc. established in Arizona, U.S. as a controlling company for inflator business in North America.
Daicel ChemTech, Inc. is established in New Jersey, U.S. as a marketing company for organic chemicals in Americas.
Apr. 2017
Relocated "Central Research Center" and "Himeji Technology Head Office" and consolidated them into a new site, "Innovation Park".
Daicel Safety Systems America Arizona, Inc.
Daicel Safety Systems America Arizona, Inc.
Innovation Park
Innovation Park