showa denko k k (SHWDF) Key Developments
Showa Denko Expands Utilization of Used Plastic to Produce Ammonia
Jul 1 15
Showa Denko has completed the expansion of used-plastic gasification facility at the Kawasaki Plant. As part of its basic chemicals business, SDK is producing ammonia at Kawasaki. SDK processes used plastic to obtain part of hydrogen necessary for the synthesis of ammonia. As an industrial material, ammonia is used in the production of synthetic fibers and metal surface treatment for automotive and construction machinery parts. The demand for ammonia used for removing nitrogen oxides contained in exhaust gas from thermal electric power plants and other facilities has been increasing in recent years. Furthermore, SDK's liquefied ammonia (trade
name: Ecoann(TM)) has been approved and rated high as "eco-friendly goods for procurement" by major electric power companies because the product is partly based on used plastic. The method to produce hydrogen from used plastic entails significantly lower environmental burden compared to the conventional methods to produce hydrogen from petroleum-derived raw materials. By providing products indispensable for protecting the environment and improving social infrastructure, SDK will continue meeting the expectations of society and local communities.
Showa Denko K.K., Board Meeting, Jun 26, 2015
Jun 26 15
Showa Denko K.K., Board Meeting, Jun 26, 2015. Agenda: To split and transfer its phenolic resin business to its wholly owned subsidiary AICA SDK PHENOL CO.,LTD.
Showa Denko Launches New HCAP Cosmetic Material
Jun 2 15
Showa Denko has developed HCAP(TM) (2-palmitoyl hydroxycitric acid; a hydroxycitric acid derivative) as a cosmetic raw material that deeply permeates the skin and cell membrane, contributing significantly to the effect of slimming and skin anti-aging. Hydroxycitric acid is an organic acid contained in the fruit skin of garcinia cambogia, a plant that grows in Southeast Asia. While the fruit skin of garcinia cambogia has long been used as spice, it is now attracting attention as a slimming supplement due to its ability to block fat synthesis. As HCA is water-soluble and does not readily permeate the skin, it was difficult to use HCA in cosmetics. SDK, however, has developed a lipophilic derivative of HCA, increasing transdermal permeability of the active compound. The use of HCAP(TM) in cosmetics is expected to contribute significantly to both slimming and anti-aging purposes, including the prevention of skin saggings. In this connection, SDK is already selling Hi-Carnitine (HLC), a cosmetic raw material that promotes fat combustion and moisturizes the skin. Thus, SDK can now provide slimming agents based on two different approaches, namely, HCAP(TM), which controls fat accumulation; and HLC, which reduces accumulated fat by combustion. SDK will present its HCAP(TM) and HLC at the 7th Cosmetic Ingredients & Technology Exhibition Japan (CITE Japan 2015) to be held at Pacifico Yokohama from June 3 through 5 (SDK's booth: A10-1).
Showa Denko K.K. and Microwave Chemical Co.,Ltd. Jointly Develops New Industrial Technology to Mass Produce Silver Nanowire Ink
May 28 15
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and Microwave Chemical Co. Ltd. have jointly developed a technology to mass produce silver nanowire ink that forms transparent electro-conductive patterns through utilization of printing technology. In 2012, SDK developed printable silver nanowire ink to form transparent electro-conductive patterns on flexible films jointly with Professor Katsuaki Suganuma of National University Corporation Osaka University. In order to form conductive patterns with high transparency and high electro-conductivity, it is very important to raise the aspect ratio of silver nanowire, a metallic nanomaterial. Since the conventional method to synthesize silver nanowires tends to allow silver nanoparticles to have crystal growth on all of their surfaces, it is not easy to have silver nanoparticles grow to be nanowires. Therefore, establishment of technology that realizes stable mass production of silver nanowires was a problem. This time, SDK and Microwave Chemical jointly developed a method to synthesize silver nanowires with microwave heating, a technology to selectively heat materials. If microwave is irradiated on silver nanoparticles in their growth process to be silver nanowires, only the growing ends absorb energy and generate heat. In order to utilize this property, the company made silver nanoparticles selectively absorb capping agent that interferes crystal growth, and successfully produced slender nanowires with great efficiency. After printing, silver nanowire ink expresses electro-conductivity after application of Photonic CuringTM process technology. This time, SDK has developed undercoating agent that enhances adhesion of silver nanowire patterns to the surfaces of substrates or films and minimizes damage to substrates or films caused by curing. SDK is also developing overcoating agent that prevents deterioration of silver nanowires which are said to be weak against heat. SDK will start to offer samples of the ink and related materials in July 2015.
Showa Denko Announces Board Changes
May 8 15
Showa Denko decided at its board meeting held on May 8, 2015 announced the changes in representative director. Akira Koinuma, Director, Senior Managing Corporate Officer, and Chief Technology Officer (Officer in charge of Production Technology, Energy & Electricity, SPS Innovation, and CSR departments; Chairman, Safety Measures Committee) has been appointed Representative Director, effective immediately. Meanwhile, Shinji Sakai, Representative Director and Executive Vice President (Officer in charge of Ceramics and Carbons divisions; Yokohama, Shiojiri, and Omachi plants; and Corporate R&D and Corporate Strategy departments) will resign as Representative Director effective May 31, 2015. Sakai expressed his intention to resign as Representative Director, and Director, for personal reasons, and the company accepted his resignation. He will resign as Corporate Officer as well on May 31, 2015.