President's Message

Representative Director,
President & CEO Tadashi Shimizu

Central Glass was founded in 1936 with the aim of manufacturing and selling soda products as a chemical manufacturer. The company then launched into the glass business, using soda ash as a raw material. Central Glass currently has two main business fields, glass and chemical products.

Our glass business has extended in the areas of architectural glass, automotive glass and glass for electronic materials. We continually focus our research and development efforts in each of these areas so that we can supply our customers with state-of-the-art products. Central Glass has also advanced boldly into and grown its overseas markets to the extent that sales in our overseas glass business now exceed those in our markets here in Japan.

Our chemicals business includes products in the fields of chemicals, fine chemicals, fertilizer, and glass fiber. We have expanded into the field of fertilizer by making effective use of the co-products of soda ash. We have also moved into the fine chemicals field by utilizing fluorine contained in a raw material for fertilizers. The research and development efforts Central Glass has cultivated in these fields has borne fruit. We are now offering active ingredients and intermediates for pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals based on Central Glass proprietary technology. We also make electronic materials for semiconductors, electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, fluorinated foaming agents and solvents with a low GWP, and other products.

Central Glass has also a unique and innovative semiconductor wafer water-repellant and drying liquid business which was developed by combining the glass surface treatment technology the glass division has cultivated over many years with the high-quality semiconductor material mass-production technology of the chemicals division. We are going to expand this collaboration between the glass and chemicals divisions, and continue to promote actively the development of original products that respond to the needs of a diversified market with changes in the social environment.

The Central Glass Group is determined to contribute to the establishment of a truly prosperous society through the spirit of Monozukuri by maintaining the company's solid business management strategy. At the same time, we will focus on and advance businesses that contribute to “Environment and Energy”, “Life Sciences”, and “Comfortable living” as Central Glass’s growth businesses.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and encouragement.

Tadashi Shimizu

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