Mobility Business Sector
Global automobile production is expected to increase at an annual rate of 3%.
Against this backdrop, consumer needs are becoming increasingly sophisticated with the market calling for lighter and safer vehicles that offer more innovative designs and greater comfort. The Mitsui Chemicals Group is drawing on its broad lineup of materials, superior technological capabilities, and outstanding product quality to deliver solutions that meet the diverse needs of customers at the earliest possible opportunity.
Social Issues and Needs
the creation of new, diversified demand, namely for ways of increasing the use of electrical components and improving comfort.
- A broad materials lineup
- High technological capabilities and quality
- Customer base
- Technical support
- Proposal capabilities based on excellence in products and technologies
Opportunities & Risks
- Expanding need for lighter weight materials
- Expanding needs for more safety and comfort
- Stagnant growth in developed countries
- Growth in emerging countries
- To capture trend toward lighter weight for business growth
- To capture new market needs in which ICT and automotives are integrated
- To achieve continuous growth by capturing business in growing regions
Strategic Product Lineups
Although plastic accounts for 10% (or approximately 100 kg) of an automobile’s total weight, it comprises 70% of the 30,000 parts that comprise an automobile. The Mitsui Chemicals Group is able to meet a wide array of social needs through highly functional polymeric materials and performance compounds, fields in which the Group excels.
World-Leading Product Lineups
Global No.2,Asia No.1
PP compoundsPRIME POLYPRO™
Global No.3,Asia No.2
Olefin thermoplastic elastomersMILASTOMER™
Ethylene propylene rubberMitsui EPT™
Tie-up with The Lubrizol Corporation,
the leader in the lubricant oil industry
5Gear lubricant oil additives
Liquid polyolefinic oligomerLUCANT™
New Product Development
6In-vehicle camera lenses
Developing application based on materials for smartphones
Commenced mass production in FY2016
7Lithium ion battery safety material
Exclusive license with Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan Working to improve performance Developing automotive applications
8Metal/resin integral molding parts
Aiming for commercialization for automobiles by around 2020Integral injection molding eliminates processes using screws or welding Provides the same strength as metal parts at half the weight by combining polypropylene resin with aluminum
9Parts around engine
Inserted into water jacket
Commenced mass production in FY2014
Use for rear-door, hood interior panels
Commenced mass production in FY2014
Departments and Products
Performance Compound Division
Performance Polymers Division
Aiming for Medium- and Long-Term Growth
Growing Toward 2025
Boosting production capacity for many of the Group’s products in the next business term is essential to translate current demand growth into business opportunities. Accordingly, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will steadily increase its production capacity in line with its business plan for each product. In addition to expanding and reinforcing existing businesses, energies will be channeled toward promoting the Mobility strategy across the Group as a whole. Moving forward, every effort will be made to strengthen the Group’s ability to provide its customers with optimal solutions.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group is evaluating the need to increase production capacity for both TAFMER™ and LUCANT™, which are growing globally. Led by its EPT business activities, the Group is also looking to steadily expand high-value-added businesses by introducing new differentiated products. In this regard, the Group will focus on both quantitative and qualitative expansion.
The Mitsui Chemicals Group will promptly boost production capacity to fully capture growing global demand for ADMER™ and MILASTOMER™, over the medium to long term. In addition, the Group will realize steady profit from investment in increasing production capacity in China and Japan.
Overseas PP Compounds
In FY2017, the Mitsui Chemicals Group will increase its production capacity in North America, Mexico, and India in light of the forecast upswing in demand and ensure that these investments lead to stable profit. The Group will assess the potential of establishing a direct production base in Europe as a part of efforts to strengthen its global business structure.
APEL™ enjoys a strong reputation in the optical lens application market and offers excellent optical characteristics and heat resistance. Efforts are under way to promote its use in automotive camera lenses, which are currently primarily glass. Precisely identifying growth opportunities in the ICT market, the Group will also take concrete steps to reinforce its production framework for each product.
Providing New Products and Total Solutions
In FY2016, the Mitsui Chemicals Group completed plants at a joint venture company in China and its Nagoya Factory to produce electrolyte solutions for LIBs, which are expected to see strong demand growth going forward. We are working to quickly commercialize such products and technologies as the metal resin integral technology POLYMETAC™ as well as STOBA™, which helps to prevent LIB thermal runaway as we seek to meet customer needs with a broad-ranging product lineup.
The Group also established the Mobility Development Center, a test center for introducing plastic materials for automotive parts and molding technologies for such materials, based on the outstanding mold technologies of Kyowa Industrial Co., Ltd. which was acquired in 2014. By combining diverse materials, such as plastic compounds, and composite materials as well as molding technologies, we will put forward practical total solutions to better address customer needs.
TOPICS - Aiming to Become the World Leader in PP Compounds
The Mitsui Chemicals Group’s automotive material PP compound business ranks second globally and first in Asia. The Group has also built up a solid track record in North America and holds around 30% share in the U.S. automobile manufacturing sector.
PP compounds combine polypropylene with other polymers and additional agents to achieve functionality and performance that polypropylene alone is unable to provide. Leveraging its proven expertise in material design technologies in combination with proprietary resins, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is providing highly acclaimed high-quality PP compounds that address various customer needs.
Moreover, the Group is building a structure that is finely attuned to the global strategies of automobile manufacturers. In a bid to address customer needs in a timely manner, the Group currently maintains eight production sites and five R&D bases worldwide. The Group is progressively increasing production capacity in line with growing demand and its efforts to increase its market share. Moving forward, every effort will be made to identify markets that exhibit continued growth and to further reinforce Group operations.
2016 Supplier of the Year by General Motors
Advanced Composites, Inc. (hereafter, “ACP”), a subsidiary in the United States, was granted the “2016 Supplier of the Year” award by General Motors Company (hereafter, “GM”), a U.S. automotive manufacturer.
Having been awarded this honor in 2012, 2013 and 2015, ACP was given this award for the fourth time in two consecutive years.
“We have selected 118 winners from among approximately 20,000 suppliers, and these are ‘the best of best suppliers,’ so to speak. ACP contributes to our business expansion in Asia and Europe as well as in North America. I hope we can build an even better relationship with the company,” said Christopher Naegeli, GM Executive Director, Global Thermal Systems, Raw Materials Purchasing, about the granting of the award.
TOPICS - Helping to Address Social Issues
Improved Fuel Efficiency: Making Cars Lighter with Multi-Material Components
Around the world, as environmental regulations become ever more stringent and customer needs grow more sophisticated along with the trend toward safety and greater comfort, the traditional solution proposal method focusing on a single material is becoming obsolete. Today, proposals involving multiple materials and a range of products are becoming the norm. Leveraging our current product lineup and technical capabilities, we must switch to offering multimaterial solutions, where different types of materials are combined to create optimal materials.
The Group is implementing a new business model that realizes customer value by making use of its range of multi-materials, including glass fiber reinforcements and metal resin composites, and by providing solutions combining materials and fabrication technologies at the Mobility Development Center established in April 2017.
Improved Safety: Improving Driving Technology with ICT
With the rise of next-generation automobiles featuring autonomous driving support technology to meet new needs for improved safety, customers are demanding performance improvements in view and sensing cameras. Most automotive lenses are currently made of glass, but the switchover to plastic lenses is expected to gain momentum mainly because of the greater degree of design freedom offered by plastic as well as mass producibility and cost savings.
The Group is moving quickly to develop automotive applications for APEL™, which boasts a high adoption track record for use as convex imaging lenses for mobile cameras, such as those installed in smartphones. The product is a transparent optical resin (cyclo olefin copolymer) featuring high refraction and low birefringence, but lenses for automotive applications require long-term reliability. We will enhance APEL™ for use as a plastic automotive lens, ensuring top performance in the area of environmental resistance, such as to heat and humidity. This will help improve the performance of sensors and improve autonomous driving support technology.
Introduction to Blue Value™ and Rose Value™ Products
Reducing GHG emissions and preserving resources
Reduce GHG emissions 13.3% by using paintless PP compound.
Bumpers and interior surfaces / PP compounds
Reducing GHG emissions
Reduce weight of fuel tanks 10-30% by using resin instead of metals.
Adhesive polyolefin ADMER™