History of Ajinomoto Fine-Techno

History

The Ajinomoto Group will continue
to contribute to creating a better tomorrow for people.

After manufacturing specialty oils since 1942, the company started in 1998 as the core of the Ajinomoto Group’s fine chemical business.
Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Co., Inc. will continue to create new value based on our material sciences.

How Ajinomoto Fine-Techno came to be
Ajinomoto Fine-Techno product history
Dawn of the chemical products business (1941-1967)
1936
Hokuetsu Carbon Research Institute established
(predecessor of Hokuetsu Carbon Industry Co., Ltd.)
1942
Nippon Specialty Oil Manufacturing Co., Inc. established
1945
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. made Nippon Specialty Oil Manufacturing Co., Inc. wholly owned subsidiary
1946
Changed corporate name to Sanko Co., relocated head office from Tokyo to current location in Kawasaki
1946
1950
Hokuetsu Carbon Industry Co., Ltd. established
(Ajinomoto Co., Inc. 50% stake)
1950
1950
Launched research on use of polyamino acids
Expansion of resin additive business (1967-1986)
1967
Ajinomoto Co., Ltd. established chemical products division; launched sales of chemical products in U.S.
1969
Launched sales of chemical products in Europe
1972
Ajinomoto’s chemical products division entered cosmetics business
Launch of formulated products business (1986-1998)
1998
Taiso Commerce Inc. established in Taiwan; one component epoxy formulation facilities installed
1998
1998
1998
Taking on new fields (1998-)
1998
Established Ajinomoto Fine-Techno Co., Inc.
1998
1999
Merged with Hokuetsu Carbon Industry Co., Ltd.; established Ajinomoto Build-up Film varnish manufacturing facility; acquired ISO 9002 certification
2000
Established TAB resist ink plant
2001
Established Techno Center 1
2003
Acquired ISO 14001 certification
2007
Established Gunma Plant in Showa Village, Tone District, Gunma Prefecture; established Techno Center 2
2007
2010
Established New Field Business Promotion Department; Received CSJ Award for Technical Development from The Chemical Society of Japan (development of insulating film for semiconductor packaging substrates; Ajinomoto Build-up Film)
2012
Received Porter Prize from Porter Prize Organizing Committee, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy (Electronic Materials Division)
2012
2015
Established Ajinomoto Fine-Techno USA Corporation
2015
2016
Completed new headquarters building; opened AFT Future Creation Center (AFCC)
2016
Into the future
Dawn of the chemical products business (1941-1967)
1947
Launched production of DDT kerosene solution
1948
Launched production of DDT raw materials
1949
Started supplying Ajinomoto Co., Inc. with activated carbon for MSG purification
1952
Launched production of Empara adopting chlorination technology for lubricants for aircraft
1952
1958
Ceased production of DDT raw materials
1964
Ceased production of DDT kerosene solution; launched production of butyl chloride and phosphorus oxychloride
1964
Launched production of adsorption resin
1964
1966
Launched production of CTU using Ajinomoto’s synthetic MSG method intermediate
Expansion of resin additive business (1967-1986)
1967
Launched production of epoxy resin curing agent Epomate and trimethyl phosphate
1971
Launched production of chelate resin for mercury
1971
1974
Launched production of Reofos and Reolube
1974
1977
Launched production of Pufftard through effective use of byproducts of MSG manufactured by Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (yeast fermentation liquid); ceased production of phosphorus oxychloride
1979
Ceased production of trimethyl phosphate
1983
Launched production of Plenlizer ST
1984
Launched production of Plenact and Polysafe
1984
1985
Launched production of Amicure with modified epoxy resin curing agent design from Epomate
1985
Launch of formulated products business (1986-1998)
1986
Launched production of Plenset using Amicure formulating technology
1986
1991
Licensed technology to an Indonesian activated carbon manufacturing company, launched production
1995
Launched production of interlayer insulator ink; launched production of Topflow
1995
Launched production of Ajisper
1997
Launched production of resist inks for TAB
Taking on new fields (1998-)
1999
Launched production of Ajinomoto Build-up Film (ABF), a successor to interlayer insulator inks
1999
2001
Launched production of ABF SH series
2004
Launched production of ABF GX series
2007
Launched production of ABF GZ series
2009
Launched production of ABF GC series
2012
Launched production of aldehyde adsorbent carbon and activated carbon for soil amelioration
2014
Launched production of ABF LE series
2014
Launched production of functional activated carbon for beverages
2015
Launched production of ABF GL series
2016
Launched production of Ajinomoto Encapsulation Film (AEF)
2016
Into the future

Toward the realization of next-generation computing

The development of technology has led to a marked increase in data, and the CPU-centric computing systems of the past are being reevaluated. We at Ajinomoto Fine-Techno will continue to contribute to digital technologies such as next-generation computing that support the future with our material sciences.

Intangible assets
Development capability
Relationships of trust with customers
Improvement plan
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Experiments and analysis
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Materials informatics (MI)
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Analysis
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Data accumulation
Rapid development
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New material
Encapsulating ink material
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Ajinomoto Build-up Film with copper foil (ABF/RCC)
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Materials for sensing
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Photosensitive insulating material
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Next-generation Ajinomoto Build-up Film
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Proposal of new materials
Participation in advanced platform consortium
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Next-generation computing
Neurocomputing
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Quantum computing
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Optical computing
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Sustainable society
High-speed 
communication
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Smart City
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Autonomous driving
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Decarbonized society
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