Developing diversified businesses utilizing the functionality of materials to bring sustainable prosperity to people’s lives.

Business fields

Functional Materials
Synthetic polymers and rubbers (including recycled biomaterials), inorganic chemicals, hydrogen & industrial gases, etc.
Advanced Materials
Display materials & products, semiconductor & substrate materials, battery materials, EMS related businesses, dental related businesses, etc.
Specialty Chemicals
Green/bio-based raw materials, detergent raw materials, lubricant oils, cosmetic materials and related businesses, etc.
Living & Environmental Materials
Forest resources businesses, paper products, housing materials and tire related businesses, etc.

Green Chemical Business (03:29)

Produces chemical raw materials such as fatty acids and glycerin using RSPO-certified palm oil

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Major activities

Addressing global issues such as climate change and circular economy

The Performance Materials Business Unit strives to develop materials-based business in a wide range of growth industries, with the aim of realizing a sustainable society and prosperous lives for people around the world.

In the functional materials business area, we offer global distribution of synthetic polymers and inorganic chemicals, hydrogen infrastructure and plastic recycling. In the advanced materials business area, we provide procurement and EMS related services, as well as dental practice management services in the U.S. market. We also handle semiconductors, substrates and rechargeable battery materials. In the specialty chemicals business area, we cater to the beauty and personal care market with products that meet diverse consumer needs. Moreover, we are responding to the growing market demand for environmentally friendly solutions through our proactive engagement in the green/biochemical businesses utilizing non-petrochemical raw materials. In the living & environmental business area, we operate an environment minded forest resource business, as well as engaging in businesses in paper, housing and tire materials, all contributing to the enrichment of people’s daily lives and supporting various industries. As a Business Unit, our goal is to bring prosperity to people’s lives, foster the circular economy, and promote the development of a low-carbon society.

Developing businesses across industries in collaboration with diverse strategic partners

The Performance Materials Business Unit creates links between businesses within the chemical industry and also with a variety of adjacent industries. We aim to address societal needs, solve global issues, and create new businesses in a variety of fields, such as mobility, electronics, beauty and personal care, forestry, and hydrogen & industrial gas infrastructure, etc.

Key projects

  • Forest resources & afforestation (Australia, Americas), nature-based real asset investment management (Australia)
  • Developing hydrogen distribution systems through our investment in composite cylinder business, station business and green hydrogen production (U.S., Europe)
  • Manufacturing and sale of functional food containers in Southeast Asia (Malaysia)
  • Global development of resin compound businesses for the automotive industry (Americas etc.)
  • Manufacturing and distribution of raw materials for detergents (linear alkylbenzene) (Thailand)
  • Planning, design, and manufacture of cosmetics(Americas)
  • Semiconductor back-end processing business and EMS business (Japan, China)
  • Mining tire recycling business (Chile)
  • Sales of synthetic polymers, electronic materials, etc. at Mitsui & Co. Plastics Ltd (Japan) and Mitsui Plastics Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (China)
  • Sales of paper and packaging materials, resource recycling management business at Mitsui Bussan Packaging Co., Ltd. (Japan)


  • A stable supply of woodchips beginning with reforestation (02:09)

    For stable supply of environmentally friendly materials, strengthen the value chain, from planting, processing and export

  • Sanitary ware manufacturing business in India (01:51)

    Invests in TOTO India. Establishes a business platform for bathroom equipment and develops sales and logistics network