With a production capacity of more than 3 million tonnes, Shin-Etsu can without doubt regard itself as the world's largest PVC manufacturer. Production in the Netherlands takes place at two plants near Rotterdam: Botlek and Pernis. The commercial heart of the company is in Hilversum. Our customers use our PVC to make pipeline systems, window frames, flooring, cables and many other types of products.


In the last years the European PVC producers achieved energy savings of 10.2 percent. However, researchers in Europe’s VinylPlus sustainable development programme have concluded that switching to renewable raw materials – such as biomass – is not yet a viable option. This is because crude oil is still cheaper than biomass, so it is not yet profitable to make the switch.

Read more about the various goals at www.vinylplus.eu.

Did you know that nineteen of the twenty-five largest chemical companies in the world have production sites in the Netherlands? With sites at Pernis and Botlek, Shin-Etsu rightly deserves its place in this group.

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The website is managed by the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry, of which Shin-Etsu is a member.

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