In order to quickly seize on business opportunities that arise in the automotive and ICT markets, which are facing a period of major transformation, we will steadily execute strategic investment for growth. At the same time, we will provide new value through the continued development of new customer-oriented products and businesses and through the strengthening of our ability to propose solutions centering on our technological know-how in materials.

Basic Information

Challenges and needs of society

There is increasing uncertainty surrounding market conditions, such as the COVID-19 pandemic forcing automobile manufacturers to reduce or suspend production activity in many regions, and concerns about decline in automobile demand owing to the slump in the global economy. On the other hand, increasing global environmental awareness is driving demands for better fuel efficiency and the shift towards vehicle electrification continues to progress year after year, creating diverse new needs for even lighter weights and increased comfort in automobiles.

Business vision

Mitsui Chemicals defines “mobility” as the various modes of transportation for both people and things, but most notably automobiles. While responding in an appropriate and speedy manner to minimize the near-term business impact of COVID-19 in our Mobility domain, we aim to achieve sustainable growth by providing solutions to meet diversified needs and bolstering the competitiveness of each business.

Market analysis and strategies

Opportunities and risks

  • Growing demand for lighter weight
  • Growing demand for safety and comfort
  • Emergence of new demand mainly for electrification and autonomous driving systems
  • Slump in automobile demand owing to COVID-19

Strengths

  • Extensive lineup of materials
  • Advanced technological capabilities and product quality
  • Customer base
  • Technical support
  • Ability to propose total solutions across the value chain

Basic strategies

  • Generate expanded business opportunities from lighter weight and battery material trends
  • Generate business opportunities from the integration of vehicles and ICT
  • Beef up proposal capabilities by anticipating demand from the initial stages of automotive development

Value chain

Value chain

We aim to deliver customer and consumer value by harnessing the Group’s various materials, components, molding technology, and development support capabilities to provide real and tangible solutions.

Main Products

Elastomers

Ethylene-Propylene Terpolymer (Mitsui EPT™), Alpha-olefinic copolymer (TAFMER™), Liquid polyolefinic oligomer (LUCANT™)

Performance Compounds

Adhesive polyolefin (ADMER™), Thermoplastic olefinic elastomer (MILASTOMER™), Engineering plastics (ARLEN™)

Overseas PP Compounds

Performance Polymers

Specialty polyolefins (TPX™, APEL™, HI-ZEX MILLION™, MIPELON™, LUBMER™, RAYPROM™), Semiconductor manufacturing material (Mitsui PELLICLE™)

Departments and Products

Elastomers Division
Performance Compound Division
Performance Polymers Division
Mitsui Elastomers Singapore (MELS)

Strategic Product Lineups

Customer Needs Identified from Market Trends
Function-specific lineup of strategic products

Automobiles are made up of roughly 30,000 parts, and the total weight of plastic materials used is said to exceed 100 kilograms. The Mitsui Chemicals Group meets various social needs with highly functional polymeric materials and performance compounds—areas that we excel in.

1In-vehicle camera lenses

APEL™
  • Compact
  • Safe and reliable
  • Lightweight
Electrification and automationLighter weight

Global No.2
Asia No.1

2Bumpers

PP compounds
PRIME POLYPRO™
TAFMER™
  • Lightweight
  • Impact resistant
  • Designable
Lighter weight

3Exterior materials

Glass fiber-reinforced plastic materials/carbon fiber-reinforced plastic materials, etc.
MOSDIO™*
  • Lightweight
  • Improved fuel efficiency
Lighter weight

Global No.1

4Fuel tanks

Adhesive polyolefin
ADMER™
  • Lightweight
  • Higher degree of freedom in design
Lighter weightComfort and safety

5Metal/resin integral molding parts

POLYMETAC™
  • Lightweight and compact
  • Fewer production processes and lower assembly costs
  • Improved design
Lighter weightComfort and safety

Global No.3
Asia No.2

6Interior surfaces

Thermoplastic elastomers
MILASTOMER™
  • Low density, lightweight
  • Designable
  • Recyclable
Lighter weightComfort and safety

Asia No.2

7Door sealing

Ethylene-Propylene
Terpolymer Mitsui EPT™
  • Good processability
  • Good weatherability and heat resistant
  • Good sound absorption/insulation
Comfort and safety

8Gear lubricant oil additives

Liquid polyolefin oligomer
LUCANT™
  • Improved fuel efficiency
  • Longer service life
Improved fuel efficiency

9Parts around engine

ARLEN™
  • Heat resistance
  • Improved fuel efficiency
Improved fuel efficiency

*Can be used for rear-door and hood interior panels.

Blue Value™ and Rose Value™ products in the Mobility domain

Blue Value Environmental contribution value
Details
Rose Value QOL improvement value
Details
Blue Value

Bumper and instrument panel materials

PP compounds

  • Reduces CO2
  • Conserves resources

Reduce GHG emissions by roughly 13% by not requiring painting processes.

Blue Value

Adhesive polyolefin for plastic fuel tanks

ADMER™

  • Reduces CO2

Lightens fuel tanks by 10–30% with the use of plastic instead of metal.

Blue Value

Bumper and instrument panel materials

TAFMER™

  • Reduces CO2

Reduces energy consumption during polymer manufacturing with the use of high-productivity catalysts.

Blue Value

Lubricant additive for automobiles

LUCANT™

  • Reduces CO2

Improves fuel efficiency by reducing temperature dependence of lubricant’s viscosity and maintaining appropriate viscosity.

Rose Value

Concrete surface reinforcement agent

Toughness Coat™

  • Enriches life and society

Resin film formed on the surface of concrete structures gives greater durability and impact resistance, extending the life of infrastructural systems and preventing and reducing the effects of disasters.