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Showa Denko K.K. (TSE: 4004, US: SHWDF) is a major manufacturer and marketer of chemical products serving a wide range of fields ranging from heavy industry to the electronic and computer industries. SDK makes petrochemicals (ethylene, propylene), aluminum products (ingots, rods), electronic equipment (hard disks for computers) and inorganic materials (ceramics, carbons). The company has overseas operations and a joint venture with Netherlands-based Montell and Nippon Petrochemicals to make and market polypropylenes. In March 2001, SDK merged with Showa Denko Aluminum Corporation to strengthen the high-value-added fabricated aluminum products operations, and is today developing next-generation optical communications-use wafers.

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Global Hydrogen Market Will Reach US$ 141.4 Billion by Value, in 2020 by Persistence Market Research
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 26, 2015) - According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research “Global Market Study on Hydrogen: Electrolysis of Water Segment to Witness Highest Growth by 2020,” the global hydrogen market was valued at 255.3 billion cubic meters in terms of volume and USD 96.6 billion in terms of value in 2013. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3

Graphite Market is Expected to Reach US$ 17.56 Billion in 2020, Globally by PMR
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 22, 2015) - According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research "Global Market Study on Graphite: Battery Segment To Witness Highest Growth by 2020," the global graphite market was valued at USD 13.62 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.7% from 2014 to 2020, to reach USD 17.56 billion in 2020.

KBR and Showa Denko Sign Multi-Technology Acetyls Licensing Agreement
HOUSTON - February 19, 2015 - KBR, Inc. (NYSE: KBR) announced today it signed an agreement with Showa Denko K.K. to license acetyls technologies globally.

Showa Denko Launches New Aluminum Casting Plant in Malaysia
Showa Denko (SDK)(Tokyo:4004) holds today an opening ceremony of new aluminum casting plant of SHOTIC Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (STM) in Johor, Malaysia.

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Showa Denko to Build New Ethyl Acetate Plant Using New Technology
Showa Denko (SDK)(TOKYO: 4004) has decided to build a 100,000t/y ethyl acetate plant at its Oita Complex using its proprietary production process technology. The plant will start commercial production in June 2014.Ethyl acetate is used in wide-ranging applications, including printing ink, paint, electronic materials, pharmaceuticals, and agrochemicals

Showa Denko Revises Performance Forecast
Showa Denko (SDK) (TSE: 4004) has revised its earlier forecast of consolidated business results for the first half of 2013 and for the full year announced on February 14, in view of the recent business trends.I. Revised forecast of consolidated business results for Jan. 1 - June 30, 2013(Millions of yen, excepting net income per share) Net Oper. Ord

Showa Denko-UOP JV to Construct New High Silica Zeolite Plant
Union Showa (USKK), a joint venture between Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO:4004) and UOP LLC (UOP), of the United States, has decided to start producing high silica zeolite in Japan. A new production facility will be built within the premises of SDK's Higashinagahara Plant in Aizu-Wakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture.High silica zeolite is a kind of synthetic zeolite used as adsorbent

Showa Denko KK (SDK) Chairman Receives DFS Award from Government of Singapore
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announces that its Chairman of the Board, Kyohei Takahashi, has received The Public Service Star (Distinguished Friends of Singapore) Award for 2012 from the Government of Singapore. His Excellency, President Tony Tan, today conferred the medal on Takahashi at The Istana

SDK Group Recycles 5.69 Million Aluminum Cans in FY2012
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and its Group companies continued to perform their aluminum can recycling activities in fiscal 2012 (April 2012 - March 2013), collecting approximately 5.69 million cans: equivalent to around 92 tons of aluminum when converted at the rate of 16.2 grams of aluminum per can

SDK Develops Microwave-based New Materials for Printed Electronics
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has developed an innovative microwave-heating printing technology to form electronic circuits on flexible printed circuit substrates (FPCs), in which plastic films and other materials with low heat resistance are used.As part of the new technology, SDK has developed a printable silver/carbon hybrid conductive ink and an ink-curing unit

Showa Denko (SDK) Establishes Graphite Electrode Subsidiary in China
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has completed its procedure for acquiring a controlling stake in Sinosteel Sichuan Carbon Co., Ltd. (Sichuan Carbon), an integrated manufacturer of graphite electrodes in China. Following the ratification by related government organizations on March 18, SDK made Sichuan Carbon its subsidiary, renaming the company as Showa Denko Sichuan Carbon Inc

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) Starts Volume Production of LIB Anode Binder
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started volume production of "Polysol(TM) LB Series" water-based anode binder for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) at its Tatsuno Plant in Tatsuno City, Hyogo Prefecture. The product is a water-based emulsion containing acrylic synthetic resin particles, ensuring lower environmental impact at the time of production compared with solvent-based binders

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) Announces Financial Results for the Year Ended December 2012
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has announced financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012.Please visit SDK Investor Relations at for full results and supporting documentation.Financial Results (Summary) Statement (Full) 2012:

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) to Merge with Marusho Kogyo
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) decided at its board meeting today to merge with its wholly owned subsidiary Marusho Kogyo Co., Ltd. (Marusho Kogyo).(Since this is a case of "simplified merger involving SDK and its wholly owned subsidiary, part of the details are omitted from the scope of disclosure.)1

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) to Increase Supply of Liquefied Ammonia to Tohoku Region
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to reconstruct its liquefied ammonia distribution base in Soma District, Fukushima Prefecture, which was damaged by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake. Reconstruction work will begin in June this year, and the new facility will open in March next year

Mitsubishi and SDK Form Strategic Partnership in Fullerene Business
Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) and Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) have entered into a strategic partnership in the Fullerene business. As part of the arrangement, SDK yesterday acquired from MC a 50% stake in Frontier Carbon Corporation (FCC), a producer and marketer of Fullerene products, thereby making FCC a 50-50 joint venture between MC and SDK.Fullerene is a molecule composed entirely of carbon

SDK to Promote Globalization and Improve Profitability
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) today held a conference in Tokyo to explain its business results in 2012 and business strategy for 2013. The gist of explanations offered at the conference is as follows:1

SDK Change of Organization
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to change its organization effective January 4, 2013. 1. PurposesThe business environment is changing rapidly as witnessed by the rapid growth of emerging markets, intensification of international competition, reduction in size of the Japanese market, and issues related to energy and natural resources

SDK to Enter Purification Resin Market through Strategic Investment
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with BIA Separations (BIASep), of Austria. The partnership includes SDK's investment in BIASep as well as joint marketing and R&D. With the partnership, SDK will be ready to expand its business to a market of purification resins used for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals and for industrial applications

SDK to Provide Cultivation Technology to LED-Based Plant Growth Facility of Kawauchi Village in Fukushima
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to provide Kawauchi Village, Fukushima Prefecture, with a new cultivation method for LED-based plant growth facilities for free. The village, headed by Mr. Yuko Endo, is now building an LED-based plant growth facility.SDK has developed the new cultivation method jointly with Professor Masayoshi Shigyo, Faculty of Agriculture, Yamaguchi University

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) to Split and Transfer GaN LED Business
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) decided at its board meeting today to split and transfer its gallium-nitride (GaN) LED epitaxial wafer/chip business to its wholly owned subsidiary TS Opto Co., Ltd. (TS Opto). SDK and TS Opto today concluded an absorption-type company split agreement

SDK Subsidiary Develops Titanium Oxide Fine Particles with High Photocatalytic Activity
Showa Titanium Co., Ltd., a consolidated subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), has developed titanium oxide fine particles for use in UV-light-responsive photocatalyst with highest-level activity. The product has been developed as part of a project sponsored by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

Tokyo Aluminum Wire Co. To be Dissolved
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announces that its affiliate, Tokyo Aluminum Wire Co., Ltd., will be dissolved on September 30, 2013. 1. Outline of the companyCompany name: Tokyo Aluminum Wire Co., Ltd

SDK Develops Printable Conductive Inks for Electronics
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has developed printable silver nanowire ink for the manufacture of electronic devices jointly with Professor Katsuaki Suganuma of Osaka University. When the ink is used in combination with Photonic Curing(TM) process technology, highly stable, transparent conductive patterns can be formed on flexible films

SDK to Build Aluminum Casting Plant in Malaysia
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to construct an aluminum casting plant in the state of Johor, Malaysia. SDK will start making preparations this year for the construction work, and start volume production at the new plant by the end of 2014

SDK to Launch Hybrid-type PFC Decomposition System
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will begin marketing a new hybrid-type system for decomposing perfluoro compounds (PFCs) by the end of this year. The system (trade name: HB-3000) does not require a water treatment process, helping to increase exhaust gas treatment capacity and reduce running costs.PFCs are used in the process of etching LCD panels and semiconductors

SDK Publishes "CSR Report 2012"
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has published "CSR Report 2012" detailing its wide-ranging activities based on the principles of corporate social responsibility.The report consists of a PDF-based full report that provides details of SDK's CSR activities in 2011 and future plans, and a printed version that focuses on SDK's products/technologies and its relations with society

SDK Increases SiC Epitaxial Wafer Production Capacity by 2.5 Times
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has increased its four-inch silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial wafer production capacity by 2.5 times, to 1,500 units a month, through facility expansion and improvement in production technology. These wafers, with high surface smoothness and low crystal defect, are being produced at SDK's Chichibu Plant in Saitama Prefecture

Showa Denko Group to Up LIB Packaging Material Production Capacity
Showa Denko Packaging Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), has decided to increase its production capacity for aluminum laminated films used for packaging lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Specifically, Showa Denko Packaging will expand the production facility at its Hikone Plant in Shiga Prefecture, doubling annual production capacity versus the 2010 level

SDK Acquires Highest-Level BCM Rating from DBJ
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has received a loan from Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), after acquiring the highest-level rating for its ability to prevent disaster and for its business continuity management (BCM). The loan includes DBJ's first special contract for the provision of funds for recovery from earthquake disaster

SDK Revises Full-Year 2012 Performance Forecast
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has revised its earlier forecast of consolidated business results for full-year 2012 announced on February 9, in view of the recent business trends.Revised performance forecast for Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2012[Consolidated basis - Millions of yen, excepting net income per share] Net Oper. Ord

SDK to Focus on VGCFTM-H for Resin Composite Applications
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to focus on VGCFTM-H grade (approx. 150 nm in fiber diameter) in an effort to strengthen its business in carbon nanotube (CNT) for resin composite applications. As a result, SDK will stop marketing of VGCFTM-X grade (approx. 15 nm in fiber diameter), which has so far been evaluated by potential customers for resin composite applications

Union Showa Develops Method of Stable Solidification of Insoluble Ferrocyanide
Union Showa K.K., a joint venture between Showa Denko K.K. and UOP LLC (Des Plaines, Illinois, U.S

SDK to Start Producing Bio-based Biodegradable Plastic
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), at its Tatsuno Plant in Hyogo Prefecture, has succeeded in producing biodegradable polyester resin Bionolle(TM) on a commercial scale using bio-derived succinic acid. SDK has started providing film-grade samples of this product.Bionolle(TM), which can be fully decomposed after use into water and carbon dioxide, has been used in compost bags and mulch films

SDK to Organize Companywide Recycling toward Zero Emission
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to launch a reorganization of its industrial waste recycling program by integrating recycle programs independently managed by each plant into a companywide comprehensive program, aiming to promote further reductionof industrial waste generated by production processes etc

SDK Group Recycles Six Million Aluminum Cans in FY2011
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and its Group companies continued to perform their aluminum can recycling activities in fiscal 2011 (April 2011 - March 2012), collecting approximately 6 million cans: equivalent to around 97 tons of aluminum when converted atthe rate of 16.2 grams of aluminum per can

Showa Denko Makes Progress toward Achieving Goals under PEGASUS
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) is making progress toward achieving goals under its new medium-term consolidated business plan PEGASUS for the 2011-2015 period

Showa Denko Expands Capacity for VGCF(TM): Additive in LIB Anodes/Cathodes
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has completed additional production line for VGCF(TM) (vapor-grown carbon fiber) at Kawasaki Plant, Kanagawa Prefecture, thereby increasing total production capacity for the product from 100 t/y to 200 t/y. VGCF(TM) is used as additive in anodes and cathodes of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs)

Showa Denko (SDK) to Expand Production Capacities for LIB Materials
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to expand its production capacities for materials used in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs), namely, artificial-graphite-based anode material (SCMG(TM)), additive in anodes and cathodes (VGCF(TM)), and aluminum laminated films for packaging

Showa Denko (SDK) to Raise Prices of High-Purity Fluorine-Based Gases for Electronics
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to increase prices of its high-purity fluorine-based gases for electronics. Specifically, SDK will increase prices of high-purity FC-116 (C2F6) and FC-14 (CF4) gases by 500 yen per kilogram each as from shipments on August 1, 2011. SDK will start contacting its customers concerning this price increase

Showa Denko (SDK) Completes Pilot Plant for Heat-Resistant Transparent Film SHORAYALTM
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has completed, within the premises of its Oita Complex, a pilot plant for its new heat-resistant and transparent film SHORAYALTM. SDK will start sample shipments for use in displays, including touch screens, and accelerate marketing activities in preparation for the start of full-scale commercial shipments

Showa Denko (SDK) to Up Rare Earth Magnetic Alloy Production Capacity in China
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will increase rare earth magnetic alloy production capacity at Ganzhou Zhaori Rare Earth New Materials Co., Ltd., in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, China, from 2,000 tons per year at present to 3,000 tons per year by the end of this month

Asahi Kasei Chemicals Groundbreaking for Solution SBR Plant in Singapore
Asahi Kasei Chemicals held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 22, 2011, in Jurong Island, Singapore, for the first phase of construction of a new plant to produce solution-polymerized styrene-butadiene rubber (S-SBR).The ceremony was attended by some 100 guests including eminent persons such as Mr. Leo Yip Seng Cheong, Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Mr

Showa Denko (SDK) to Strengthen High-Purity Ammonia Business for Electronics
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will increase its production capacity for high-purity ammonia to meet growing demand from the electronics industry. Specifically, production capacities at three sites - Japan, Taiwan, and Chinaw - will be increased from the current levels of 1,000 t/y, 1,500 t/y and 500 t/y; to 1,500 t/y, 2,500 t/y and 1,000 t/y, respectively, by the end of 2011

Showa Denko (SDK) to Split and Transfer Industrial Gas Business to Subsidiary
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) decided at its board meeting today to split and transfer its business in air separation gases (oxygen, nitrogen, argon, etc.), compressed hydrogen, carbon dioxide and dry ice, etc. (hereinafter collectively "industrial gas") to its wholly owned subsidiary Showa Tansan Co., Ltd. (STK) effective January 1, 2012

Showa Denko (SDK) to Raise Chloroprene Rubber Price in Overseas Markets
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to increase its chloroprene rubber price in markets outside Japan as from shipments on July 1, 2011.Specifically, the price will be increased by US$600/m.t. or more for US-dollar-based transactions, or by EU450/m.t. or more for euro-based transactions.At present, SDK's chloroprene rubber price does not fully reflect the increases in raw material costs

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