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Chemical industry in Japan - statistics & facts

In recent years, the Japanese chemical industry was the third largest worldwide, following China and the United States. Since other industries such as the transportation machinery industry and the automotive industry are dependent on materials provided by the chemical industry, it is one of the most important and largest manufacturing industries in Japan.

 Chemical industry in Japan 

The chemical industry can be divided into the segments organic chemicals, inorganic chemicals, fertilizers, and chemical end products. More broadly, it also includes plastic and rubber products. Chemical end products, which include products such as oil and fats, soap, detergent, surfactants, paints, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products, were the product group with the largest shipment value in Japan.
Regarding chemical trade, the most exported products were plastic materials, while medical products had the largest import value of chemical products to Japan. Due to the continued demand for pharmaceutical products from its aging population, Japan was expected to remain one of the most important markets for foreign pharmaceutical companies.
Since relevant amounts are spent on research and development, product quality and innovation are strengths of the Japanese chemical industry. Furthermore, the growing sales value and capital investment indicated the industry's continuous expansion.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted production and consumption globally. In 2020, the production of the Japanese chemical industry decreased, as the demand for industrial raw materials fell when manufacturing ceased worldwide. On the other hand, the crisis created a new demand in other areas such as medical markets.

 Leading chemical companies in Japan 

  The Japanese chemical industry is dominated by few major companies, which are usually highly diversified and often form alliances with other companies. Most chemical industry facilities belonged to the chemical end products segment, illustrating the focus of the industry in Japan.
Some of Japan's chemical companies such as Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Toray Industries, Sumitomo Chemical, and Asahi Kasei Corporation ranked among the industry's leading global players. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings also represented the leading chemical company in Japan. The Tokyo-based company is highly diversified, with its main products including chemicals, polymers, high-performance chemicals, films and sheets, electronics, fibers, and textiles.

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Chemical industry in Japan - statistics & facts

In recent years, the Japanese chemical industry was the third largest worldwide, following China and the United States. Since other industries such as the transportation machinery industry and the automotive industry are dependent on materials provided by the chemical industry, it is one of the most important and largest manufacturing industries in Japan.

 Chemical industry in Japan 

The chemical industry can be divided into the segments organic chemicals, inorganic chemicals, fertilizers, and chemical end products. More broadly, it also includes plastic and rubber products. Chemical end products, which include products such as oil and fats, soap, detergent, surfactants, paints, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products, were the product group with the largest shipment value in Japan.
Regarding chemical trade, the most exported products were plastic materials, while medical products had the largest import value of chemical products to Japan. Due to the continued demand for pharmaceutical products from its aging population, Japan was expected to remain one of the most important markets for foreign pharmaceutical companies.
Since relevant amounts are spent on research and development, product quality and innovation are strengths of the Japanese chemical industry. Furthermore, the growing sales value and capital investment indicated the industry's continuous expansion.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted production and consumption globally. In 2020, the production of the Japanese chemical industry decreased, as the demand for industrial raw materials fell when manufacturing ceased worldwide. On the other hand, the crisis created a new demand in other areas such as medical markets.

 Leading chemical companies in Japan 

  The Japanese chemical industry is dominated by few major companies, which are usually highly diversified and often form alliances with other companies. Most chemical industry facilities belonged to the chemical end products segment, illustrating the focus of the industry in Japan.
Some of Japan's chemical companies such as Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings, Toray Industries, Sumitomo Chemical, and Asahi Kasei Corporation ranked among the industry's leading global players. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings also represented the leading chemical company in Japan. The Tokyo-based company is highly diversified, with its main products including chemicals, polymers, high-performance chemicals, films and sheets, electronics, fibers, and textiles.

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