The Honjo Chemical Corporation
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Corporate Ideology

The Honjo Chemical Corporation, taking consideration of harmony between human and the earth we live, it constantly strive to contribute to peoplefs happiness with discovery of innovative advanced technology that offer unique application for our future.

Management Policy

  1. To provide products of high quality and service in response to the client's needs.

  2. Profitability by developing unique and original technology.

  3. To continually develop employees to achieve new industry benchmarks and job satisfaction.
  4. A firm management base which is maintained by an efficient management system.

  5. To contribute to everyday society by making a better living environment.

Corporate History

1922. 3

Founding President, Sukeo Honjo, established Honjo Zinc Industry Company.

1934.11

The entity reorganized as a stock company.

Start of production & sales of zinc oxide and distilled zinc metal.

1954.10

First production of magnesium metal in Japan.

1955.10

First production and sales of lithium metal and lithium salts in Japan.

1956.10

First worldwide production and sales of synthesized taurine.

1963. 1

Technical tie-up with Lithium Corporation of America (Now Livent).

1967. 3

Company name was renamed to Honjo Zinc Co., Ltd.

1968.10

Start first production of strontium salts.

1970.10

Company name was renamed to The Honjo Chemical Corporation.

1971.12

Asia Lithium Corporation, a joint venture company with Lithium Corporation of America was established.

1972.8

Start operation of Naoshima factory production line.

1980.6

Kyokuto Metal Corp. developed lithium foil for lithium batteries with its technicological expertise and started production and sales.

1983.11

Start production and sales of organic tin compounds.

1986. 3

Start production of butyl lithium by Asia Lithium Corp.

1989. 3

Start production and sales of zinc dust.

1990. 2

Start production and sales of monogermane gas for semiconductor grade.

1992.11

Company merged with Honjo Kasei Kogyo, Inc.

1992.11

Start production and sales of cathode material for lithium ion battery.

1993.10

A joint venture corporation in Dalian, China gDalian Honjo Chemical Corp.h, was established. Start production and sales of lithium bromide.

1994.10

A joint venture corporation in Mexico, gSolvay Quimica Y Minera, S.A.h, was established. Start production and sales of strontium carbonate.

1995.2

Start production and sales of anode material for lithium ion battery (lithium titanium oxide).

1995.11

Honjo FMC Energy Systems Inc. was established for production and sales of cathode for lithium-ion rechargeable battery.

1999.10

An ultra low temperature reaction facility completed within Naoshima Organic Chemical Plant to reinforce production of pharmaceutical intermediates.

2000. 5

Production facility of fullerene and carbon nanotube was completed at Neyagawa Plant.

2001.12

Acquired ISO 14001 certification.

2002. 6

Honjo FMC Energy Systems Inc. was reorganized into Honjo Energy System‚“ as 100% subsidiary company of The Honjo Chemical Corp.

2003.11

Acquired ISO 9001 certification.

2004. 2

Completion of new corporate headquarter within Neyagawa Plant.

2008. 10

Due to increased demand of monogermane gas, mass production facility was completed.

2011. 4

Production facility of high-purity lithium carbonate was expanded within Neyagawa Plant.

2012. 10

The Honjo Energy Systems was dissolved and The Honjo Chemical Corp. took over its business.

2013. 9

Asia Lithium Corporation dissolved joint venture contract with FMC.

2014. 6

M&A of Kyokuto Metal Industries Corp.

2020. 10

Nahoko Honjo appointed as Chairman & Representative Director on board.

2020. 11

A new taurine production facility was completed at Neyagawa Plant to restart in-house production.