The future built by the inquiring minds of our researchers.

Employees in the era of foundation

1940

Lactic acid packed in Fujimaki bottles
Increase in facilities at this lactic acid factory (Suginami)
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1949
Began the production of lactic acid using the synthesis method.
Established Musashino Chemical Laboratory, Ltd. in Suginami Ward, Tokyo

1950

We were the first to develop MMA technologies in Japan.
1953 Began production of alanine Alanine removes various types of harshness and brings out umami.
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1950
Established Musashino Shoji, Ltd.
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1951
Acquired Toyoma Light Silver Co. and began the production of methyl methacrylate (MMA)
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1953
Began the production of alanine (DL-alanine)
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1954
Began the production of cyanuric chloride (CC)
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1956
Began the production of triallyl cyanurate (TAC)
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1958
Began the production of ethyl lactate, methyl lactate, and sodium lactate
Established Kyowa Gas Chemical Co., Ltd. (domestic joint venture) and transferred the operations of CC and MMA production to this new company"
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1959
Sold CC manufacturing technologies to BASF SE (previously known as JR Geigy AG)

1960

1964 Began the production of calcium stearoyl lactylate (Belf)
Isohara plant during construction
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1964
Began the production of calcium stearoyl lactylate (Belf)
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1967
Began the production of buffered lactic acid
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1968
Moved the Head Office to Kyobashi, Chuo Ward in Tokyo and the plant to Kitaibaraki City in Ibaraki Prefecture
Sold CC manufacturing technologies to Pfizer (known previously as American Cyanamid Company)
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1969
Established Musashino-Geigy, a joint venture with BASF (Ciba)

1970

Isohara plant began 24-hour production
1972 Began the production of butyl lactate.This chemical material is used in solvents with high boiling points, cleaners, inks, and paints.
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1972
Began the production of butyl lactate
Sold TAC manufacturing technologies to BASF SE (known previously as Ciba-Geigy)
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1978
Began the production of pyruvic acid
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1979
Began the production of myristyl lactate and cetyl lactate

1980

1989 Began the production of calcium lactate This material is used to enhance calcium content of foods and prevent crumbling of food when boiling
1980 Began the production of ethyl pyruvate Our reliable manufacturing technologies continue to provide products of high purity.
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1980
Sold CC manufacturing technologies to West German Degussa Company and began the production of ethyl pyruvate and sodium stearoyl lactylate
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1985
Began the production of sodium pyruvate
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1986
Began the production of powder sodium lactate and aluminum lactate
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1988
Constructed a new chemicals plant
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1989
Began the production of high-quality ethyl lactate, calcium lactate, powder lactic acid, and lactic acid iron

1990

The overview of Isohara plant
Redesigned Tokyo Laboratory, the base of research and development
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1990
Began the production of Novalact (120% lactic acid)
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1991
Alanine approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food additive
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1995
Obtained certification (GMP) to manufacture lactic acid and sodium lactate for pharmaceuticals
New construction of Tokyo Laboratory complete
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1999
Celebrated our 50th anniversary

2000

Opening ceremony of Chinese subsidiary new plant(1)
Opening ceremony of Chinese subsidiary new plant (2)
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2000
Musashino Chemical Laboratory's Isohara plant obtained ISO 9002 certification
Established Musashino Chemical (China) Co., Ltd as a joint venture with the Jiangxi Department of Biology Technology
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2006
Established Musashino Biorecycle Co., Ltd.
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2009
Chinese Investment Corporation with Jiangxi Department of Biotechnology becomes wholly owned subsidiary

2010

We will continue to try with ever-inquiring minds and untiring creative power.

We continue to develop products of high purity and high quality.
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2010
Chinese Investment Corporation with Jiangxi Department of Biotechnology renamed to Musashino Chemical (China) Co., Ltd.
Began the sale of sodium stearoyl lactylate (SSL-B)
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2012
Press release announcing high-purity polylactic acid (PLA)
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2013
Began the production of potassium lactate
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2014
Began the production of methyl pyruvate for veterinary pharmaceuticals
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