History

Dec. 1968 Established Shin-Etsu Vinyl Acetate Co., Ltd.
Established Unitika Chemical Co., Ltd.
Aug. 1970 Started commercial operations.
Shin-Etsu Vinyl Acetate Co., Ltd. produced 50,000t of VAM (vinyl acetate monomer) a year.
Unitika Chemical Co., Ltd. produced 24,000t of POVAL (polyvinyl alcohol) a year.
Aug. 1987 Established the VE (carboxylic acid vinyl ester) plant.
Aug. 1992 Shifted the boiler fuel from Bunker C to natural gas.
Aug. 1995 Introduced the gas turbine installations (2100kw).
May 2002 Integrated Shin-Etsu Vinyl Acetate Co., Ltd. and Unitika Chemical Co., Ltd.
Acquired the sales divisions of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. and Unitika Ltd., and launched as Japan VAM & POVAL Co., Ltd.
Mar. 2005 Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. bought all the shares of Japan VAM & POVAL Co., Ltd. that Unitika had owned.
Became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd.