Nippon Soda History

1913 Founder Tomonori Nakano received a patent for the production of caustic soda via electrolysis
1920

Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. established with capital of ¥750,000

Operations begun at the Nihongi Plant in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture
1934 Operations begun at the Takaoka Plant in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture
1939 Nisso Shoji Co., Ltd. established
1949 Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. listed on the Tokyo and Osaka stock exchanges
1950 Sanwa Co., Ltd. established
1954 Nippon Soda Co., Ltd. named winner of the 4th Deming Application Prize
1959 Biological Research Laboratory established in Oiso Town, Kanagawa Prefecture (Merged into the Odawara Research Center in 1984)
1962 Nisso Engineering Co., Ltd. established.
1963 Nisso Petrochemical Industries Co., Ltd. established
1965 Nisso Metals Co., Ltd. established (Operations transferred to Nisso Metallochemical Co., Ltd. in 1983)
1967 The feed additive DL-Methionine put into production
1969

The fungicide Topsin developed and put into production

Nisso Kasei Co., Ltd. established in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture

Operations begun at the Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture

Agrochemical Synthesis Research Laboratory established in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture (Reorganized to the Fine Chemical Laboratory in 1974)
1971 NISSO-PB named winner of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan Prize
1974 Fine Chemical Laboratory established in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture (Reorganized to the Odawara Research Center in 1984)
1976 Topsin and Topsin M named winners of the 22nd Okochi Memorial Award and Prime Minister's Award, respectively
1979 Haibara Field Research Center established in Makinohara City, Shizuoka Prefecture
1981 The herbicide Nabu developed and put into production
1984

R&D Laboratory for Specialty Chemicals established in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture

Odawara Research Center established in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Bandai Field Research Station established in Bandai Town, Fukushima Prefecture
1985

Nabu named winner of the 31st Okochi Memorial Award and the Pesticide Science Society of Japan's Achievement Award, respectively

The acaricide Nissorun developed and put into production
1986

The fungicide Trifmine developed and put into production

Plant completed for manufacturing sodium hydroxide using the ion-exchange membrane method

The feed additive Lactet (rumen bypass methionine) put into production
1991

Participated in the establishment of Novus International, Inc.

New generation antibiotic intermediate AOSA put into production
1995

The insecticide Mospilan developed and put into production

Participated in the establishment of Nisso BASF Agro Co., Ltd.
1997

New generation Faropenem-sodium antibiotic jointly developed with Suntory Ltd. and Astellas Pharma Inc. And put into production

VP-Polymer photoresist ingredient put into production
1999

Nisso Kasei Co., Ltd. merged with Nippon Soda Co., Ltd., becoming the Chiba Plant of the latter

Nisso Petrochemical Industries Co., Ltd. sold to Maruzen Petrochemical Co., Ltd.
2001 Treatment System by Dechlorination for PCBs named winner of the Japan Soda Industry Association's Technology Inceptive Award
2004 DIC Corporation's agrichemical operations acquired
2010

Sales of the feed additive DL-Methionine discontinued

Chiba Research Center established in Ichihara City, Chiba Prefecture by merging the R&D Laboratory for High-Performance Materials and part of the Chiba Plant operations
2011

Invested in Liling Fine Chemical Co., Ltd.(China).

Nisso Namhae Agro Co., Ltd. established in Koria.

Alkaline SAS (France), a chemical company purchased.

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