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Performance Chemicals Business Unit

Business fields

  • Agricultural Chemicals / Food and Nutrition Chemicals

    Agrochemicals, fertilizers and fertilizer raw materials such as phosphate rock, potash, sulphur and ammonia, feed additives, aromatic raw materials

  • Performance / Advanced Materials

    Plastics and synthetic rubber, silicone and fluorocarbon polymers, catalysts and plastic additives, titanium oxide, liquid crystal display materials & products, semiconductor materials, etc.


Feed additives business

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Major activities

Developing businesses primarily in growth industries in cooperation with strategic partners

In the Performance Chemicals Business Unit, we develop businesses that serve as bridges between growth industries that are peripheral to the chemical industry. Our main areas of focus are agricultural chemicals / food and nutrition chemicals and performance / advanced materials. When appropriate, we form strategic alliances with partners to build businesses. We also seek to develop new businesses that enable us to leverage our chemical business strengths.

Be an industrial solutions provider for global issues with "chemicals as the cutting edge"

The chemical industry effectively uses finite resources to supply all industries with increasingly sophisticated raw materials. Using chemicals as a gateway, the Performance Chemical Business Unit aims to support a stable supply of safe foods, help achieve a sustainable society, and contribute to a bountiful standard of living by developing businesses in a wide range of growth industries.

In the agricultural chemicals / food and nutrition chemicals area, we aim to provide solutions for meeting the projected steady increase in global food demand. Encompassing the acquisition of natural resource-based raw materials for fertilizers such as phosphorus ore as well as manufacture and sales, our focuses in this area include an agricultural chemicals business in Europe (Mitsui AgriScience International S.A./N.V., MASI), fertilizer sales in Japan, sophisticated and integrated global distribution of ammonia and sulphur, and the manufacture and sales of feed additives based in U.S.A. (Novus International, Inc.). In the performance / advanced materials areas, as a total solution provider for key materials business underpinning key manufacturing industries, we provide global distribution of plastics and inorganic materials. And in the electronics industry, among other services, we provide procurement logistic service solutions to electronics component manufacturers.

Key projects

  • Phosphate Rock Project at Compania Minera Miski Mayo S.R.L.(Peru)
  • Agricultural chemicals business at MASI (Europe)
  • Feed additives business at Novus International, Inc. (U.S.A.)
  • Distribution of synthetic resin products at Mitsui & Co. Plastics Ltd. (Japan)


Phosphate rock project

News Releases

Apr. 21, 2015

Mitsui Enters into Joint Development Agreement Concerning Mass Production of Carbon Fiber Composite Materials

Dec. 11, 2014

Announcement of Acquisition of Chloroprene Rubber Business from DuPont, U.S.

Aug. 21, 2014

Mitsui to Acquire DuPont™ Kocide® Copper Fungicide Business Assets

Nov. 9, 2012

Mitsui to Participate in High-performance Polyethylene Resin Manufacturing and Sales Venture in Singapore

Oct. 24, 2012

Cancellation of basic agreement concerning fertilizer business integration in Japan

Allied enterprise site

  • Certis EuropeIt opens in another window

    Crop protection distribution business with direct access to key Western European markets under MASI group.

  • Certis USAIt opens in another window

    A pioneer in the development of biological pesticides and has become one of the world's leading manufacturers and distributors of biopesticides.

  • Spiess-Urania ChemicalsIt opens in another window

    Crop protection distribution business with direct access to German and Central European markets, and manufacture of copper chemicals under MASI group.

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