On March 3rd, a panel of five female scientists from SEKISUI Chemical Group addressed the Georgia Tech chapter of Women In Material Sciences and Engineering student group. The scientists represented SEKISUI Xenotech, SEKISUI Voltek, and SEKISUI Specialty Chemicals. Each scientist shared some information about the company they work for
'Fighting Spirit', SEKISUI Specialty Chemicals' running team, recently completed the 2020 Houston Marathon. The Pasadena based team has been practicing for months, logging thousands of miles in preparation for this year's race. The team has grown over the past three years- these dedicated runners inspire other employees to set new goals and join the SEKISUI Fighting Spirit Team.
A pair of Murray State University students had the opportunity to study abroad in Japan this summer with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS) Japan Program, thanks to a scholarship generously funded by Sekisui Specialty Chemicals. Now in its eighth year, the Sekisui Scholarship has provided $40,000 to fund Murray State Education
Tarragona University Rovira I Virgili (URV), held a graduation ceremony for students from different chemistry related fields. 2019 graduates with a chemistry degree, a biochemistry & molecular biology degree, or a 5 year double degree in biotechnology and biochemistry & molecular biology were sponsored by Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Europe (SSCE) in honor of the company’s 10th anniversary in Tarragona, Spain.
On June 7th, 2019, the Kentucky Labor Cabinet visited Calvert City, Kentucky to present Sekisui Specialty Chemicals America, LLC, with the Governor’s Safety and Health Award. This award signifies the achievement of 1,896,408 hours worked by Sekisui employees without experiencing a lost-time injury or illness. The Governor’s Safety and Health Award recognizes Kentucky’s employers and employees for outstanding safety and health performance in the workplace.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) held its annual Global Business Conference from May 23-25th in Frisco, Texas. Representatives from key departments such as finance, sales, marketing, legal, supply chain, compliance, and HR came together for the two and half day conference to discuss 2018 accomplishments and the upcoming goals for 2019.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Europe was honored to receive a visit from Professor Richard Schrock. Professor Schrock received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2005 for his work in the area of olefin metathesis, and has been a Professor of Chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for many years.
Dallas, May 29th, 2019- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals strives to ensure consistent and reliable production to meet market demand and our customers’ needs. In response to strong demand, some recent short-term production disruptions and to adequately prepare for planned turnarounds at our US production sites, Sekisui will implement a 100% Sales Control program for all
On April 11th, the Material Science and Engineering (MSE) department of Georgia Tech held its 7th Annual Undergraduate and Graduate Poster Competition. This poster competition allows graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to showcase their research to their peers, the faculty, and industry representatives. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals was a proud sponsor of the event and sent a delegate to serve as a poster judge. Almost 150 visitors stopped by to view the 55 submitted posters and listen to several undergraduate student talks.
My name is Mike George and I am the Vice President of Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Europe. I started working for Sekisui in 2013 as the Commercial Director for our European business, then moving to a Global Marketing role 2 years later. In 2015, I took over the role as Vice President and have been doing it since then, in addition to my Marketing responsibilities.
Dallas, April 1, 2019- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $110/mT or €110/mT as shown in the chart below. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals remains committed to meeting customers’ needs with high quality products.
TOKYO--SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group has been selected as one of the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World (2019 Global 100). 2019 is the second consecutive and fourth time overall that SEKISUI CHEMICAL has been included in this index.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals is proud to share the results of our 3rd party evaluated life cycle analysis (LCA). The Environmental Protection Agency defines LCA as a technique to assess the environmental aspects and potential impacts associated with a product.
The holiday season can be a difficult time for families with chronically ill or hospitalized children. These families are not only coping with the difficulty of having a sick child, but also with financial and emotional burdens as well. Children’s Medical Center in Dallas hosts the annual Adopt-A-Family Program to gather toys, games,
Dallas, January 2, 2019– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) sponsored the 6th Annual Applied Polymer Technology (APTEC) Extension Consortium Symposium hosted by Southeastern Louisiana University at Hammond Louisiana on November 17th, 2018. Brad Wurm, head of R&D at the Houston Technology Center, and Xiaonan Singer, member of the R&D department, represented the company at the daylong event.
Dallas, November 1, 2018- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $100/mT or €100/mT as shown in the chart below. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals remains committed to meeting customers’ needs with high quality products.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals is proud to announce the relaunch of the Selvol Ultiloc series; a range of copolymers that expand on the functionality of industry trusted Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol products. Previously, the Selvol Ultiloc brand represented copolymers sold into barrier film and flexible packaging applications. The relaunch of this series marks the expansion of product categories and the addition of several new copolymers to the range.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It is a day to address common misconceptions about manufacturing and showcase what manufacturing really is.
This summer, Sekisui Specialty Chemicals’ Houston Technology Center (HTC) hosted two interns who participated in research activities focused on new product development. In order to complete their projects, interns read patents and designed and conducted experiments. At the end of their summer projects, the interns gave a final presentation to the team at HTC.
Dallas, September 1, 2018- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $200/mT or €200/mT as shown in the chart below. Sekisui Specialty Chemicals remains committed to meeting customers’ needs with high quality products.
Sekisui Chemical Company is aiming to keep the overall volume of greenhouse gas emitted during manufacturing pegged to the fiscal 2013 level and reducing by 1% every year the amount of energy consumed per unit of output.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals Europe has made great progress minimizing the CO2 footprint of its Tarragona, Spain facility through reduced energy consumption at the plant. Currently, the main source of the plant’s CO2 footprint is the steam intake required to operate a natural gas boiler.
CALVERT CITY, Ky. (June 5, 2018) – Labor Cabinet Acting Secretary Mike Nemes visited Sekisui Specialty Chemicals in Calvert City today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,755,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees.
Dallas, May 30th, 2018– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to €200/mT as shown in the chart below.
Dallas, May 3, 2018– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals was a proud sponsor of the Georgia Tech School of Material Science and Engineering’s (MSE) Annual Poster Competition on April 12th.
Dallas, April 10, 2018– Every year, thousands of volunteers gather along Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in the state of Texas, the River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash.
Tokyo, March 26, 2018– From 23rd to 28th of April 2018 the time has come again: SEKISUI SQUASH OPEN will take place for the seventh time at Sportpark Pilatus in the Swiss town Kriens
Dallas, February 1, 2018– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $250/mT as shown in the chart below.
Dallas, September 29, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals would like to announce a price increase for of all grades of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $130/mt or 110 €/mt. This increase will take effect October 15th, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.
Dallas, September 26th 2017– In the wake of the September 19th earthquake in Mexico, Sekisui Specialty Chemicals would like to confirm that all employees at our Mexico City site are safe despite minor damage to the offices.
Dallas, August 30, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals would like to confirm that all of our employees are safe, and both of our Houston area facilities are undamaged as of August 30th. Our Pasadena plant was shut down on August 26th.
Dallas, August 12th, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $110/mT as shown in the chart below. This increase will take effect September 1st, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.
On Monday, May 15th, our Houston based team members had the opportunity to host 40 organic chemistry students from Dulles High School on a tour of our research and production facilities.
Dallas, April 15, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc, Selvol Ultalux and Selvol Premiol up to 125 $/mt or 125 €/mt. This increase will take effect May 15, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.
“70 years ago, on March 3, 1947, Sekisui was established with the aim of being a comprehensive plastics business. This was a new and innovative material in Japan at that time.
Dallas, February 15, 2017– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of all grades of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® up to $100/mT. This increase will take effect March 15, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.
Dallas, December 1, 2016– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol® in Asia up to $50/mT. This increase will take effect January 1, 2017, or as contracts and agreements allow.
Dallas, October 1, 2016– Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of Selvol® Polyvinyl Alcohol, Selvol Ultiloc®, Selvol Ultalux® and Selvol Premiol®. This increase will take effect November 1st 2016, or as contracts and agreements allow.
Dallas, August 15, 2016- Sekisui Specialty Chemicals announced today that it will increase the price of methyl acetate grades produced at its plant in Tarragona, Spain, by up to €100/MT. This increase will take effect September 1st 2016, or as contracts and agreements allow.
Betsy Taber is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Sekisui Specialty Chemicals at our Calvert City Plant. She went to Georgetown College, and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. She also has a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from Murray State University.
On Saturday June 4th, Sekisui Chemical Company sponsored a Science Day for the children of the Dallas Japanese Association. Along with volunteers from Sekisui Specialty Chemicals, Sekisui employees from across the nation came together in Dallas to help students understand various chemical and physical properties using a series of hands-on experiences.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals is pleased to announce the start-up of a major capacity expansion of its high purity (99.5%) methyl acetate production unit in Tarragona, Spain, increasing its capability to serve customers with differentiated methyl acetate products.
Keith Martin is a Technical Service Chemist with Sekisui Specialty Chemicals at our Houston Technology Center. He has a Bachelors of Science from the University of Houston and has been with the company for more than 8 years.
Polyvinyl alcohol is widely used textile warp sizing composition. Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol for textiles is an excellent film former, providing a protective coating for spun and filament yarn. It is coats the textiles with a sturdy film, however, it is easily removed (desized) with hot water. Features of Selvol polyvinyl alcohol as a warp sizing agent include superior:
Fifty years ago, most perishable items such as meat, cheese, or vegetables were packaged in glass or metal containers. Even soda was packaged exclusively in glass containers. Today, many perishable items are packaged in flexible, plastic containers.
We would like to begin this New Year by thanking all of our customers for their support and patronage through the ups and downs of 2015. The upcoming year promises to be a year of progress and growth, with a major product line scheduled to launch in the first half and several long term research projects coming to fruition throughout the year. We are excited to take these steps towards realizing our vision of becoming the leading edge supplier of polymer solutions, fulfilling today’s needs and creating tomorrow’s expectations.
Because Selvol polyvinyl alcohol is a water-soluble polymer, it is sometimes perceived as having little or no water resistance. However, Selvol polymers can provide both water retention or water resistance depending on the grade selected. Our polymer range includes both hydrophilic and hydrophobic polyvinyl alcohol.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) was awarded 1st place in Sekisui Chemical’s prestigious Kaizen competition this year. Kaizen is a nine step process of continuous improvement that is a high priority for all Sekisui businesses. The Kaizen competition is held annually among regional Sekisui subsidiaries across the world, and the wining team in each region advances to compete in the global competition.
Have you ever put together your own entertainment console or coffee table, gluing those little wooden pegs into pre-drilled holes? Or even built your own chairs or tables from scratch? You were probably using a wood glue that featured Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) as a key ingredient.
Selvol Premiol is a line of high performance polymers specifically designed for the oilfield industry. The polymers improve fluid loss control, gas migration, reduce friction, and enhance oil recovery, making them valuable additions to cementing, injection, fracturing, and drilling fluids.
Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. has been selected for the fourth year in a row by the World Index of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), which is the global stock index of SRI, or Socially Responsible Investments. These investment methods evaluate businesses not only from a financial aspect, but also from the environmental and social aspect.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) has presented research at the Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s Annual Technology Showcase since the launch of our cosmetic quality polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), Selvol Ultalux. The annual showcase event, held in New York City at the beginning of December, is an opportunity for formulators and chemists from many countries to share and review the latest advances in personal care.
After three events in Asia, Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. brought its Children’s Eco Summit back to Europe. Co-hosted by Sekisui and the Global Nature Fund, the event took place from 4 to 6 September at Lake Constance, Germany. The Children’s Eco Summit, established in 2007 for the 60th anniversary of the company, offers children of the employees the opportunity to experience, learn and talk about the environment and nature.
Paper manufacturers are looking for new end uses for coated or treated paper. One area of progress is food packaging; particularly packaging that provides some level of oil and grease resistance. Selvol polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is an extremely hydrophilic polymer, and as a continuous film, exhibits total barrier properties to oil, grease, and most organic solvents.
Improving the Performance of Pore Cleansing Masks and Strips with Selvol Ultalux AD and Polyvinyl Alcohol
Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is one of the most commonly used film formers shutterstock_175000283smallin personal care products. A quick search of the Good Guide database (http://www.goodguide.com/) reveals that over 800 different products contain polyvinyl alcohol including mascaras, concealers, masks and peels, foundation
Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol is an excellent emulsifying and dispersing agent for a wide variety of materials. In particular, it is one of the most widely used polymers for the colloidal stabilization of vinyl-acetate-based emulsions. Polyvinyl acetate (PVAc) homopolymer and copolymer emulsions
As eco-friendly products rise in popularity, more cultures adopt Western style sanitationware, and biomedicine advances in orthopedic and dental reconstruction, the world demand for traditional and technical ceramics is increasing.
Fluorescent whitening agents, also known as optical brighteners, may be added to coating formulations to increase sheet brightness. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) is recognized worldwide as the most effective “carrier” for optical brighteners.
In many regions with colder climates, such as the Upper Midwest of the United States, the growing season for crops is much shorter than in more temperate regions. In such climates, morning frost is common well into May.
Advances in ink jet printing technology have resulted in a new generation of ink jet printers which can print faster at wider paper widths, producing four-color images close to photography quality. Ink jet printing papers must respond to these changes through quick ink absorption, minimizing ink bleed and ink wicking while retaining favorable ink optical density values.
Selvol polyvinyl alcohol is used as a primary and ancillary adhesive binder in many household items. From the envelopes we seal our letters into, the wood furniture we assemble, and the books we read, there is Selvol polyvinyl alcohol in all of these.
Sekisui Specialty Chemicals has manufacturing plants on two different continents, and our transportation and distribution networks reach into almost every country on the planet. We are truly a world wide business. Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy reflects our sincere efforts to minimize our impact on this planet’s resources. This policy includes our commitment to:
Polyvinyl alcohol is widely used textile warp siting composition. Selvol Polyvinyl Alcohol for Textile Warp Sizing is an excellent film former, providing a protective coating for spun and filament yarn. It’s tough film, however, is easily removed (desized) with hot water. Features of Selvol polyvinyl alcohol as a warp sizing agent include superior:
Happy Star Wars Day! George Lucas’s space epic, Star Wars, has captured the curiosity of three generations of light saber swinging adults and children. One of our sister companies, Sekisui Heim, aired this ad featuring C-3PO and R2-D2 just in time for this year’s Star Wars Day.
April 30, 2015 – Sekisui Specialty Chemicals (SSC) was an exhibitor at last week’s PaperCon 2015. The annual conference was even larger this year due to TAPPI’s Centennial Celebration. The four day conference included an extra gala to commemorate the history of paper making and TAPPI’s long standing presence in the industry.
December 15, 2015 – Sample formulations highlighting Selvol Ultalux for hair color longevity and hair gel hold were highlighted at the New York Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s Annual Technology Showcase on December 13th. Over 2000 formulators and chemists attended the regional event.