In addition to globally expanding our existing businesses, we aim to quickly seize on new market opportunities that arise from developments in CASE and growth in ICT-related markets. We will continue to develop new customer-oriented products and businesses and propose solutions centering on our technological know-how in materials.

Basic Information

Challenges and needs of society

With increasing global concern for environmental stewardship, many countries seek to strengthen carbon emission regulations, while consumer demand for improved automobile fuel efficiency and the shift towards electric vehicles continues to accelerate. In addition, the emergence of autonomous driving systems, ride sharing, and other changes in the Mobility ecosystem are creating new demand drivers for our technology and expertise, particularly in the areas of automotive electronics and improving comfort.

Business vision

Mitsui Chemicals defines “mobility” as the various modes of transportation for both people and things, but most notably automobiles. In our Mobility domain, we aim to achieve sustainable growth in global markets 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
  • Regional disparities in market growth

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™)

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

Plastics account for roughly 100 kilograms, or 10%, of the total weight of an automobile and makes up 70% of the 30,000 parts used. 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™*1
  • 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™*2
  • 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

Asia No.4

9Parts around engine

ARLEN™
  • Improved fuel efficiency
Improved fuel efficiency

*1Can be used for rear-door and hood interior panels.

*2Aiming for commercialization for automobiles by 2020. Integral injection molding eliminates processes that use screws or welding. It provides the same strength as metal parts at half the weight by combining polypropylene (PP) resin with aluminum.

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.