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Among the various plastics, phenolic resin has the oldest history. It was developed by Dr. Leo H. Baekeland, an American of Belgian ancestry, in 1907 and he named that synthetic resin "Bakelite". In 1911, Sankyo Company (currently Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.) was assigned the rights to execute the patents in Japan through the good offices of Dr. Jokichi Takamine, a close friend of Dr. Baekeland. Trial production of phenolic resin was started at the Shinagawa Plant of Sankyo Company. That was the origin of the Japan's plastics industry, and the name of our company came from this achievement.

In 1932, phenolic resin business of Sankyo Co., Ltd. was separated and formed Nippon Bakelite Co., Ltd. In 1955, Nippon Bakelite Co., Ltd. merged with Sumitomo Synthetic Resin Industries, Ltd. to found Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. As a pioneer in plastics, with our expertise in and up-to-date facilities for plastics, we have been always developing new technologies for use in various fields in order to contribute to establishing safe and comfortable living.

Year History of Nippon Bakelite Co., Ltd. History of Sumitomo Synthetic Resin Industries, Ltd.
(Sumitomo Kakouzai Kogyo KK)
1932 Founding of Nippon Bakelite Co., Ltd.  
Succeeded phenolic resin business from Sankyo Co., Ltd.
Started sales of phenolic molding compounds
1938 Mukojima Plant of Sankyo Co., Ltd. was renamed as Mukojima Plant of Nippon Bakelite Co., Ltd. Founding of Gosei Jushi Kogyosho K.K.
1941   Started manufacture of industrial laminates
1944 Started molding operations at Nishio Plant and Nakano Plant to sell molded products. Renamed as Sumitomo Synthetic Resin Industries, Ltd.
1945   Renamed as Nippon Synthetic Resin Industries, Ltd.
1949 Listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange and Osaka Stock Exchange.  
1950   Listed on Osaka Stock Exchange.
1951 The crown prince of Japan visited Mukojima Plant. Started manufacture of “DECOLA” melamine decorative laminates.
1952   Started mass-production of PVC compounds.
Renamed as Sumitomo Synthetic Resin Industries, Ltd.
(Name of Sumitomo revived.)
  History of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
1955 Nippon Bakelite Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Synthetic Resin Industries, Ltd. merged to form “Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.”
Started manufacture of PVC sheet, “SUMILITE” VS.
1957 Kawasaki Plant was opened.
1959 Started manufacture of phenolic copper-clad laminates, “SUMILITE” PLC with domestic made copper foil.
1962 Central Research Laboratory (currently Fundamental Research Laboratory) was opened.
Shizuoka Plant was opened.
Developed epoxy copper-clad laminates, “SUMILITE” ELC.
Started sales of rigid PVC sheet, “SUMILITE” VSS for various packaging needs.
1963 Established Sumitomo Durez Co., Ltd. in Japan as a joint venture company with Hooker Chemical Corporation of USA.
1965 Started mass-production of DAP (Diallylphthalate) molding compounds
Started sales of copper-clad flexible circuit material, “SUMILITE” TFC
1968 Developed epoxy molding compound, “SUMIKON”EME, for low pressure encapsulation of semiconductor devices.
1972 Established Kyushu Bakelite Industry Co., Ltd. (currently Kyushu Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.)
1973 Established Akita Bakelite Co., Ltd. (currently Akita Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.)
1981 Established CMK Singapore Pte. Ltd. as a joint venture company with Chuo Meiban Kogyo Co., Ltd. (currently CMK Corporation) of Japan.
Introduced manufacturing technology of intravenous solutions bags from a company in UK.
Started sales of various kind of laboratory wares
1984 Utsunomiya Plant was opened.
1987 Mukojima Plant was closed.
1988 Kawasaki Plant and Kyoto Plant were closed.
Founding of Sumicarrier Singapore Pte. Ltd.
Founding of Tsu-Kong Co., Ltd.
1989 Sumitomo Bakelite Singapore Pte. Ltd. was established and opened.
1990 SNC Industrial Laminates Sdn. Bhd. was established in Malaysia as a joint venture company with CMK Corporation.
1991 Kobe Fundamental Research Laboratory was opened.
1994 SFC Co., Ltd. and other subsidiaries in Akita area were merged to form Akita Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
1995 Sumitomo Bakelite (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. was established in China.
1998 Sumitomo Bakelite (Taiwan) Co., Ltd. was established.
1999 Founding of Basec Hong Kong Limited.
2000 Bakelite Shoji Co., Ltd. was merged.
2001 Acquired phenolic resin related business of Occidental Chemical Corporation in North America and Belgium.
Sumitomo Durez Co., Ltd. was merged into Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
Acquired electronic materials research department of Goodrich Corporation in USA.
Established Decolanitto Corporation as a joint venture company with Nitto Boseki Co., Ltd. in Japan
Established Sumitomo Bakelite Vietnam Co., Ltd.
Established Sumitomo Bakelite Macau Co., Ltd.
2002 Information & Telecommunication Material Laboratories was opened.
2003 Acquired Fers Resins, S.A. and its subsidiaries (Fers Group) in Spain.
Changchun SB (Changshu) Co., Ltd. was established in China as a joint venture company with Chang Chun Plastics Co., Ltd.
2004 Tsutsunaka Plastic Industry Co., Ltd. became a subsidiary of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
2005 Acquired Vyncolit N.V. in Belgium and Vyncolit North America , Inc. in USA from Perstorp AB of Sweden.
2007 Established Sumitomo Bakelite (Nantong) Co., Ltd. in China.
Tsutsunaka Plastic Industry Co., Ltd. was merged into Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
SNC Industrial Laminates Sdn. Bhd. became a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
Acquired Neopreg AG in Switzerland.
2008 Sunbake Co., Ltd., an affiliate became a subsidiary of Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
Decolanitto Corporation was merged into Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.
Started mass-production of LαZ substrates.
2009 Artlite Kogyo Co., Ltd. was closed. Production was transferred to Shizuoka plant.
Tsu Plant was closed. Production was transferred to Shizuoka plant.
2011 Integrated Fundamental Research Laboratory and Kobe Fundamental Research Laboratory into Advanced Technologies R&D Laboratory.
Restructured Electronic Device Materials Research Laboratories I & II into Electronic Device Materials Research Laboratory.
Transferred Nara Plant and Waterproof related function of Kanuma Plant to S.B.Sheet Waterproof Systems Co., Ltd. for organization production and sales activities in one place.
2012 Established Sumibe Korea Co., Ltd.
Transferred the entire equity interest in Sumitomo Bakelite Vietnam Co., Ltd. owned by Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd. to Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. for withdrawal from the flexible printed circuit business.
2013 Established SBE India Private Limited
Established Sumibe (Taiwan) Co., Ltd.
2014 Osaka Office was opened.
Acquired Vaupell Holdings, Inc. in USA.
Acquired operations through property acquisition of Ezose Sciences Inc., a USA subsidary of Shionogi & Co., Ltd.
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