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Business History

Business History

1971
Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol Copolymer (EVOH) pilot trial succeeds
1972
First commercial plant trial for EVOH succeeds (20 tons)
1973
EVOH adopted for use as a material for mayonnaise bottles
1974
Begins commercial development of GL resin (the trade name for EVOH, later "Soarnol™")
1984

The current Mizushima Site
Full-scale production facility for "Soarnol™" constructed at the Mizushima Site
(Initial equipment capacity: 1,800 tons/year, as of 2014: 10,000 tons/year)
1996
Equipment completed at "Soarnol™"production company Noltex L.L.C. established in Houston, Texas (U.S.A.)(Initial capacity 10,000 tons/year. 2014 23,000tons/year)
Soarus L.L.C. North American sales company for "Soarnol™" established Nippon Gohsei Europe GmbH. established as sales center for Europe
1997
Processing Technique Development Center established at Mizushima to meet customer needs for "Soarnol™"
2001
Nippon Gohsei UK Ltd. established as "Soarnol™" production company in the United Kingdom
2002
Customer Service Center established in Dsseldorf, Germany to upgrade "Soarnol™" customer service organization
2004
Nippon Gohsei UK Ltd. begins operations
(Initial capacity 15,000tons/year. 2014 18,000tons/year)
2006
Shanghai Office is established in China.
2010
Shanghai Office is converted into NICHIGO SHANGHAI Co, Ltd.
NIPPON GOHSEI (THAILAND) Co, Ltd. is established in Bangkok, Thailand.
2014
Expansion of facilities at Noltex L.L.C. plant in th U.S. is planed.
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