Product news and innovations at Showa Denko:


SDK to Launch New Functional Monomer for Paints/Coatings/Adhesives

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to start full-scale sales of a new curing agent Karenz MT™ PE1 in the middle of 2011, building a production facility within the premises of its Kawasaki Plant.  The product will be used in UV-curing resins* and epoxy resins for paints, coatings and adhesives.... read more


SDK to Expand Production Capacity for Titanium Oxide Nanoparticles

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to expand nanoparticle titanium-oxide production capacity at its fully-owned subsidiary Showa Titanium Co., Ltd., from 180 tons a month at present to 240 tons a month as from June 2011.  The product, sold under the trade name of Super-TitaniaTM, is used in the production of multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs).... read more


SDK to Build Pilot Plant for Heat-Resistant, Transparent Film

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to build a pilot plant at its Oita Complex to produce heat-resistant and transparent film for use in displays.  After start-up of the pilot plant scheduled for June 2011, SDK will provide samples that satisfy respective customers’ requirements, accelerating marketing activities in preparation for the launch of the business on a full scale.... read more


SDK Ups Blue LED Chip Production Capacity to 340 Mil. Units/Month

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has increased its production capacity of blue LED chips at its Chiba site to 340 million units per month, from 200 million units per month.  After completion of expansion work in July, SDK made a trial run to secure product quality and stable operations.  Commercial operation has already started.... read more


SDK Acquires Highest-Level Environmental Rating from DBJ

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) today received a loan from Development Bank of Japan Inc. (DBJ), after acquiring the highest-level rating from DBJ for its environmental management.... read more


Shodex Interview at Analytica 2010

Dr. Christian Hirsch, Head of Shodex Division, talks about Shodex business and developments. Dr. Hirsch explains the benefits of 45 years of technical experience and gives an insight into Shodex‘ unique customer relationships.... read more


SDK Subsidiary Completes Rare Earth Metal Plant in Vietnam

Showa Denko Rare-Earth Vietnam Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) established in October 2008, has completed a new rare earth metal plant in Vietnam. The plant will produce 800 tons a year in total of didymium and dysprosium metals, which are used as raw material for neodymium-based high-performance magnetic alloys. A ceremony was held today at the plant to celebrate the completion.... read more


SDK Offers AlGaInP Red LED Chips Optimized for Plant Growth

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started selling samples of aluminum-gallium-indium-phosphide (AlGaInP) LED chips that emit red light with wavelength of 660 nm: the optimum light for accelerating the growth of plants. SDK has achieved output of 11 mW at the drive current of 20 mA by developing a new light-emitting layer. The output figure represents the world’s highest level for 660-nm LED chips as of April 2009, to the best of our knowledge.... read more


SDK to Start Commercial Production of VGCF™-X Carbon Nanotube

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has completed a 400-t/y plant for VGCF™-X, anew grade of carbon nanotube with an optimized design for resin composite applications. Commercial production will begin next month after a trial run. A completion ceremony will be held today at SDK’s Oita Complex.... read more


SDK to Strengthen Electronic Cleaning Agent Business - building High-Purity Cyclohexanone Plant in China

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) will start commercial production of high-purity cyclohexanone in Zhejiang Province, China in August 2010, building a 5,000 t/y plant at Zhejiang Quzhou Juhua Showa Electronic Chemical Materials Co., Ltd., a joint venture company in which SDK owns a 51% share.... read more