Since its establishment in 1950, HOKKO CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO., LTD.(Hereafter, it is abbreviated as "Hokko") has enjoyed steady growth in the volume of business as well as in development of new crop protection products and fine chemical products under efficient and progressive management. In the crop protection products business unit , Hokko has maintained a close relationship with ZEN-NOH, Japan's National Federation of Agricultural Cooperative Associations, which has had a predominantly powerful influence on Japan's overall agricultural industry. Accordingly, in Japan, almost all of Hokko's crop protection products sales are channeled through ZEN-NOH, which has resulted in Hokko occupying about 10% of the domestic crop protection products market share. You may be sure that Hokko is ranked as one of the leading crop protection products companies in Japan.
Hokko has exported its products to many foreign countries for many years.
Hokko's crop protection products output is optimized at each of its three factories, located in Hokkaido, Niigata and Okayama Prefecture with flourishing agriculture respectively. Hokko' sales activities in Japan are implemented through its 11 branches, strategically located to cover the whole domestic market effectively. It's Tokyo Head Office plays the role of the network center to supply crop protection products for all of them.
Other than crop protection products, in the fine chemicals business unit, Hokko endeavors to make the best use of its core Grignard Synthesis Technology, which is, to be exact, a know-how accumulated and fostered by its experts over a great many years. A large number of fine chemical products manufactured in the Okayama Factory are successfully placed on both domestic and foreign markets.
Hokko will continue to increase emphasis on R & D to anticipate market needs in a timely fashion. In addition to the Grignard reaction, Hokko is developing other reaction techniques such as the Wittig reaction, Suzuki coupling, chlorination of alcohols and enzyme-catalyzed resolution. Since 1994, sales in the fine chemicals division have shown such a steady growth that the share has reached 20% of Hokko's sales turnover. Hokko has the pleasure of assuring you that this share is still on the increase trend.
Hokko will further concentrate its managerial resources on such key fields as electronics, pharmaceuticals, intermediates, synthetic aromatics and inorganic functional materials, in addition to crop protection products. Hokko is proud that its all three factories hold the certificates of both ISO 9002 and ISO 14001, which are internationally well known. Hokko constantly seeks to maintain product quality at the highest possible level and also protect the environment. These activities have won Hokko an outstanding reputation for reliability. Consequently, Hokko has received custom manufacturing from several other corporations at home and abroad.
Hokko's R & D activities are centered on its two research laboratories, The Central Research Laboratories for crop protection products and The Fine Chemicals Laboratories, both of which are located in Atsugi City in the vicinity of Tokyo. Hokko's research laboratories are in charge of conducting cutting-edge research and development work with the aim of developing and creating new products and technology. In addition, The Process Research and Development Laboratory in its Okayama Factory controls process optimization of fine chemicals production.
Non Consolidated Data (As of end of November 2011)
HOKKO CHEMICAL INDUSTRY CO.,LTD.
Mitsui Building No.2
4-20,Nihonbashi Hongoku-cho 4-chome,chuo-ku,Tokyo 103-8341,Japan
Authorized No. of Shares:
3.2 billion yen
No. of Shares of Common Stock Issued:
No. of Shareholders:
Common Stock Listed on:
Tokyo Stock Exchange,1st Section
No. of Employees:
|Sapporo Branch||Nagoya Branch|
|Akita Branch||Osaka Branch|
|Sendai Branch||Okayama Branch|
|Tokyo Branch||Takamatsu Branch|
|Niigata Branch||Fukuoka Branch|
|Hokkaido Factory@||Niigata Factory|
Central Research Laboratories
Fine Chemicals Research Laboratories
Years ended 30th November 2009 to 2012
|For the year:||2012||2011||2010||2009|
|Net sales (Millions of yen)||39,880||41,206||42,994||36,740|
|Operating Income (Millions of yen)||708||658||1,074||-1,468|
|Net Income (Millions of yen)||142||-41||312||-1,149|
|At year end:|
|Total assets (Millions of yen)||41,750||43,853||46,664||44,031|
|Total net assets (Millions of yen)||13,302||13,234||13,650||13,477|
|Amounts per share:|
|Net Income (Yen)||5.14||-1.49||11.32||-41.59|
|Cash dividends (Yen)||8.00||8.00||8.00||8.00|
Hokko has been actively engaged in crop protection products business in the Japanese market as a leading manufacturer/distributor. In the field of specialty chemicals, especially application of organometalic chemistry, Hokko has also established its secure position in manufacturing new technology-intensive and high value-added products, which has led Hokko to enjoy the leading manufacturer in the world market of fine chemicals. Hokko's research efforts are now focused on developing new products in the sectors of fast-growing specialty chemicals and biotechnology.
In the fine chemicals business unit, Hokko has utilized its outstanding Grignard reaction technology to successfully develop speciality styrene monomers for high-precision photo-resist applications.
Pyridine triphenylborane is another product which is newly developped for tin-free anti-fouling agents to be protectively used for fishnet and ship-bottom. As a result, these products are expected to show rapid growth.
In the field of biotechnology, Hokko is reproducing unique varieties of the flower cyclamen by using a cell culture method. This technology is one of the many successful development projects achieved by The Biochemical Laboratory . This new process enables Hokko to create an exact reproduction of flowers in terms of form, color and fragrance. Hokko is progressively applying this technology to cloning of other flowering plants.