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.

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In Japan, the transition from winter to spring is of great significance. In early April, cherry tree leaves start to change colour. Accordingly, this phenomenon attracts a great deal of attention in Japan. There are websites that keep track of where this colour change is happening, and of how far it has progressed.
As part of an exhibition in Washington, the English designer Tom Price has created artificial cherry trees using PVC piping and cable ties. He drew his inspiration from the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC. This is the city’s way of commemorating a gift of 3,000 cherry trees in 1912, from the Mayor of Tokyo at the time.
Source: ECVM
Picture credits: IndustryGallery, USA

The Dutch chemical industry increasingly views sustainability as a necessity. Shin-Etsu is doing its bit by providing data for the Dutch chemical industry’s first sustainability report. You can find this at the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) website.

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