Product news and innovations at Showa Denko:


Showa Denko Develops Dysprosium-free Magnetic Alloy for Factory Automation Applications

Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO:4004) has developed a new grade of neodymium-based magnetic alloy for factory automation (FA) applications. Although this alloy does not contain dysprosium (element symbol: Dy) it gives the same performance as conventional products in which Dy is added to increase heat resistance.  SDK has started commercial production of the new product.... read more


Chemical Alumina Plant in Indonesia Commences Commissioning

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and PT ANTAM (Persero) Tbk (ANTAM), of Indonesia, held a ceremony for the commencement of commissioning phase of a new chemical alumina plant in the Tayan District. West Kalimantan, Indonesia, on October 28 as a milestone of the construction project that started in April 2011.  After going through the commissioning phase and prospective clients’ assessment of product quality, the new plant with production capacity of 300,000 t/y will start mass production and sales of chemical alumina in the second half of 2014.... read more


Showa Denko to Launch 6” SiC Epitaxial Wafers for Power Devices

In October 2013, Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004) will launch silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial wafers with a diameter of six inches (150mm)—the largest size currently available on the world market—for use in power devices.  The company will also start selling a new grade of four-inch (100mm) SiC epitaxial wafers with fewer defects and higher uniformity... read more


Showa Denko to Build New Ethyl Acetate Plant Using New Technology

Showa Denko (SDK) (TOKYO: 4004) has decided to build a 100,000t/y ethyl acetate plant at its Oita Complex using its proprietary production process technology.  The plant will start commercial production in June 2014.... read more


SDK Group to Up LIB Packaging Material Production Capacity

Showa Denko Packaging Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Showa Denko K.K. (SDK), has decided to increase its production capacity for aluminum laminated films used for packaging lithium ion batteries (LIBs).... read more


SDK Starts Volume Production of LIB Anode Binder

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has started volume production of “PolysolTM LB Series” water-based anode binder for lithium ion batteries (LIBs) at its Tatsuno Plant in Tatsuno City, Hyogo Prefecture.... read more


SDK to Enter Purification Resin Market through Strategic Investment

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has signed a strategic partnership agreement with BIA Separations (BIASep), of Austria. The partnership includes SDK’s investment in BIASep as well as joint marketing and R&D. With the partnership, SDK will be ready to expand its business to a market of purification resins used for manufacturing biopharmaceuticals and for industrial applications.... read more


SDK Increases SiC Epitaxial Wafer Production Capacity by 2.5 Times

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has increased its four-inch silicon carbide (SiC) epitaxial wafer production capacity by 2.5 times, to 1,500 units a month, through facility expansion and improvement in production technology.  These wafers, with high surface smoothness and low crystal defect, are being produced at SDK’s Chichibu Plant in Saitama Prefecture.... read more


SDK and Yamaguchi Univ. Develop New Cultivation Method

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) and National University Corporation Yamaguchi University have jointly developed a new cultivation method for plant growth facilities using light emitting diodes (LEDs).... read more


SDK Expands Capacity for VGCF

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has completed additional production line for VGCFTM (vapor-grown carbon fiber) at Kawasaki Plant, Kanagawa Prefecture, thereby increasing total production capacity for the product from 100 t/y to 200 t/y.  VGCFTM is used as additive in anodes and cathodes of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries (LIBs).... read more