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History

  • Ferroalloy
  • Functional Materials
  • Environment
  • Electric Power
  • Industrial chemicals

NIPPON DENKO CO.,LTD.

  • 1925

    Ogaki Denki Yakin Kogyosho Co., Ltd. (later Nippon Denki Yakin Co., Ltd.) established, begins production and sale of various ferroalloys

  • 1934

    Ogaki Denki Yakin Kogyosho reorganized and named Denki Yakin Industry Co., Ltd.

  • 1936

    Denki Yakin Industry renamed Nippon Denki Yakin Co., Ltd.

  • 1937

    Begins production and sale of chromium chemicals in Kuriyama, Hokkaido

  • 1963

    Nippon Denko Co., Ltd. formed with merger of Nippon Denki Yakin Co., Ltd. and Toho Denka Co., Ltd.

  • 1969

    Tokushima Plant built, begins operation (equipped with pier facilities and large electric furnace)

  • 1971

    Merges Kyokuto Kogyo K.K.

  • 1973

    Starts up chromic acid recovery operations

  • 1984

    Begins production and sale of ferroboron using an electric furnace

  • 1989

    Begins production and sale of zirconium oxide

  • 1992

    Completes new chromic acid recovery plant in Koriyama

  • 1993

    Establishes NST Ferrochrome (Pty) Limited jointly with South African firm Samancor

  • 1996

    Begins sale of AQUA PACK cartridge-type demineralizer

  • 1999

    Begins sale of MR-PACK pure water production unit

  • 2000

    • Forms strategic alliance with South African firm Samancor for ferromanganese production
    • Completes expansion of ferroboron production facility
    • Completes construction of boron recovery facility
    • Completes new zirconium oxide plant
  • 2001

    Forms strategic alliance with Nippon Rensui

  • 2002

    • Establishes SAJ Vanadium jointly with Highveld in South Africa
    • Establishes ND Recycle in South Korea for ion exchange resin recycling
    • Starts up nickel recovery and recycling
  • 2003

    • Acquires lithium manganese battery materials business
    • Completes the ND Recycle plant in South Korea
  • 2004

    • Starts fluorine and phosphorus recovery and recycling business
    • Begins delivery of pure water production units for fuel cell use
  • 2005

    Installs an in-house power generator making use of gas from the electric furnace at the Tokushima Plant

  • 2008

    • Boosts SLP ferromanganese production capacity to 30,000 t/year
    • Increases ferroboron production capacity
  • 2009

    Establishes high-carbon ferromanganese production system of 220,000 t/year

  • 2010

    • Completes first stage of large-scale plant for automotive battery materials
    • Further boosts SLP ferromanganese production capacity to 40,000 t/year
  • 2011

    Completes second stage of large-scale plant for automotive battery materials

  • 2012

    • Transfers chromium chemicals business to Nippon Chemical Industrial Co., Ltd.
    • Invests in Pertama Ferroalloys Sdn. Bhd.
  • 2013

    • Announces merger with Chuo Denki Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    • Acquires manganese mining interests in South Africa

CHUO DENKI KOGYO CO.,LTD.

  • 1906

    Joetsu Denki (predecessor of Echigo Denki) formed.

  • 1907

    Joetsu Denki constructs the Zozo hydroelectric power station to exploit the extensive snowmelt of the Myoko mountain range and expand into the hydroelectric power business.

  • 1922

    Chuo Denki K.K. formed (in merger of Echigo Denki with Matsumoto Dento).

  • 1923

    Chuo Denki K.K. chemical industries division opens its Taguchi plant.
    (Launched with acquisition of carbide producer Tokyo Denka Kogyo and zinc and ferro-manganese producer Nihon Aen in adjacent Taguchi, Myoko Kogen area.)

  • 1934

    Chuo Denki Kogyo Co., Ltd. was established as a partnership of Chuo Denki (electric power and equipment provider) and Chichibu Denki Kogyo (provider of ferroalloy
    manufacturing technology), and began electric furnace production of ferroalloys at the Taguchi Plant (current Myoko Plant in Niigata Prefecture).

  • 1941

    Began producing electrolytic manganese metals.

  • 1969

    Began construction of Kashima Plant (Ibaraki Prefecture).

  • 1970

    Completed first electric furnace (40,000 KVA) at Kashima Plant.

  • 1974

    Completed second electric furnace (50,000 KVA) at Kashima Plant.

  • 1976

    Began producing manganese sulfates at Taguchi Plant (current Myoko Plant).

  • 1979

    Began producing manganese carbonates at Taguchi Plant (current Myoko Plant), and started research on metal hydride alloys.

  • 1983

    Test-produced hydrogen fuel cell vehicle at Taguchi Plant (current Myoko Plant) and began testing waste heat recovery system.

  • 1986

    Began producing complex manganese dioxide at Taguchi Plant (current Myoko Plant).

  • 1992

    Began producing metal hydride alloys at Taguchi Plant (current Myoko Plant).

  • 1997

    Acquired ISO 9001 certification at Myoko Plant.

  • 2001

    Began ordinary waste treatment at Kashima Plant.

  • 2002

    Completed construction of waste melting furnace (EM1) at Kashima Plant and began treatment of industrial waste and special industrial waste.

  • 2004

    • Completed construction of waste melting furnace (EM2) at Kashima Plant.
    • Acquired ISO 14001 certification at Kashima Plant.
  • 2005

    Kashima Plant recognized as “Ibaraki Prefecture Superior Recycling Facility.”

  • 2006

    Began producing manganese sulfates for lithium-ion batteries at Myoko Plant.

  • 2010

    Acquired ISO 9001 and OSHMS (Occupational Safety and Health Management System) certification at Kashima Plant.

  • 2011

    • Acquired Sumikin Molycorp, Inc. (magnet alloys business) from Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. (current Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.) and took over its lithiumion battery anode materials business.
    • Began producing graphite for lithium-ion batteries at Myoko Plant.
  • 2013

    • Obtained approval for soil decontamination at Kashima Plant.
    • Acquired superior certification for industrial waste treatment at Kashima Plant.
    • Acquired ISO 14001 certification at Myoko Plant.
    • Announced merger with Nippon Denko Co., Ltd.
    • Acquired superior certification for specially controlled industrial waste treatment at Kashima Plant.

NIPPON DENKO CO.,LTD

  • 2014

    Change Japanese name upon merger with Chuo Denki Kogyo Co.,Ltd.(English name unchanged)

  • 2014

    Received facility accreditation under the Japanese government’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) scheme for renewable energy sources

  • 2016

    Transferred magnet alloys business to Santoku Corporation and Sojitz Corporation.

  • 2018

    Merged with Chuo Denki Kogyo Co.,Ltd. completely