Shin-Etsu Quartz's 50th anniversary Shin-Etsu Quartz's 50th anniversary

A further leap forward in the pursuit of Intelligent Quartz

Built with passion and driven by pursuit of quality excellence and technological innovation - SQP's "Intelligent Quartz" brings society to a better place.

Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. President, Toshiyuki Kato

Shin-Etsu Quartz's 50th Anniversary Logo

Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. 50th Aniversary Logo

Motif of the 50th Anniversary Logo

In the celebration of the 50th anniversary, SQP (Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd.) created a logo that embodies "Continued Effort for SDGs", "Contribution to Global Society" and "Happiness and Joy for all people", while expressing the commitment to the future as a sustainable company.

History

Our timeline

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Shin-Etsu Quartz Products's journey
World events
 
1971
May
Basic contract for establishment of Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. signed, with 50-50% investment by both Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. and Heraeus-Schott Quarzschmelze GmbH.
 
1972
Feb.
Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. established
July
Technical training at Heraeus-Schott QuarzschmelzeFive staff sent from Takefu Plant
Nov.
Takefu Plant completedStarted crucible production and tube-/boat-fabrication
Nov.
Otsu Sales Office (now Kansai Sales Office) openedOffice shared with Shinken Sangyo (now Shin-Etsu Astech) Co., Ltd.
1972

Sapporo Winter Olympics / Munich Olympics

 
1973
Feb.
Saitama Plant completed in Iruma city, Saitama-pref.Tube fabrication by experts started
1973

1970s energy crisis

 
1975
 
Started sales of tubes for fiber optics
Aug.
Head Office relocatedNew site: Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo
 
 
1977
June
Head Office relocatedNew site: Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Oct.
Crucible production equipment enlargedTakefu Plant expanded
1977

Sadaharu Oh sets home run world record

 
1978
 
Photomask substrate sales started
1978

Narita International Airport opens

 
1979
Jan.
Sho-ei Quartz Glass Co., Ltd. was acquired and became a subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Quartz.
Feb.
Established Kyushu plant and sales officeOhzu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto
Started tube and boat fabrication
1979

Margaret Thatcher becomes UK prime minister

 
1981
Feb.
H-ZUG operation started for (full-scale) large-diaTube production at Takefu Plant
1981

First space shuttle flight

 
1983
June
Capital increased to 400 million JPY
Aug.
Fukushima Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. established in Koriyama City, FukushimaS-ZUG technology transfer from HQS
Dec.
Fukui Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. establishedTakefu City (now Echizen City), Fukui
 
 
1984
Feb.
Fukui Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. begins operations
Feb.
S-ZUG operation startedSmall diameter tubes and rods production started
Mar.
Fukui Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. begins operationsStarted inside Takefu plant site
June
Fukui Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. Plant completedKayadani-cho, Takefu City (now Echizen City), Fukui
Aug.
Yamagata Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. inauguratedName changed from former Sho-ei Quartz Glass Co., Ltd.
Nov.
Head Office relocated New site: Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Dec.
Topco Quartz Products Co., Ltd. established (Taiwan) Investment: Shin-Etsu Quartz 60%, Topco Trading Co., Ltd. 40%
1984

Los Angeles Olympics
Carl Lewis dominates

 
1985
Feb.
Young Shin Quartz Co., Ltd. established(S. Korea) Investment: Young Chang Industrial 50%, Shin-Etsu Quartz 25%, Heraeus 25%
Feb.
Research and Application Laboratory establishedKoriyama City, Fukushima
June
Enterprise systems introduced
1985

Seikan Tunnel main tunnel completed

1986
May
Teruhiko Aihara appointed Representative Director and President
Aug.
Fukushima Shin-Etsu Quartz suffers flood damageFlooding of the Yata River due to torrential rain
Inundation above factory floor level
Sep.
Tohoku Sales office openedAt Yamagata Shin-Etsu Quartz plant site
1986

HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Princess of Wales visit Japan

Chernobyl nuclear accident

NES (famicom) boom

 
1987
Aug.
Syn-Q operation started in KoriyamaNaoetsu facility transferred totally
Sep.
Started production of synthetic quartz glass for optics at Takefu Plant
1987

JNR privatized, becomes JR

 
1989
Mar.
Merger with Fukushima Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd.Becomes Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. Koriyama Plant
Apr.
Joetsu Sales Office (now Hokuriku Sales Office in Joetsu) opensJoetsu City, Niigata
1989

3% consumption tax introduced

Berlin Wall collapses

 
1990
Feb.
Admatechs Co., Ltd. establishedInvestment: Toyota Motor Corporation 55%, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. 25%, Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. 20%
Apr.
Hiroshima Sales Office openedMihara City, Hiroshima
Aug.
H-ZUG equipment transferFull transfer from Takefu Plant to Koriyama Plant
Nov.
Miyazaki branch plant and sales office openedTano-cho, Miyazaki-gun, Miyazaki
Nov.
Heraeus Shin-Etsu America established(USA) Investment: Shin-Etsu Quartz Products Co., Ltd. 75%, Heraeus Amersil Inc. 25%
1990

First Japanese astronaut in space

 
1992
Apr.
Heraeus Shin-Etsu America becomes operationalBegins manufacture of crucibles
Oct.
Start of company newsletter, Fusion
1992

Bubble economy collapses

1993
May
Taro Sugawara appointed Representative Director and President
May
Opaque quartz product developed at Research and Application Laboratory
1993

Marriage of Crown Prince Naruhito to Masako Owada

 
1994
June
In-house training material "Wishing for the further growth of young people" created
 
1995
Aug.
Hiroshi Matsuzaki appointed Representative Director and President
 
Capital participation in Shenyang United Quartz, Inc. (now Heraeus Shin-Etsu Quartz (China) Inc.) Shenyang, China
1995

Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake

Tokyo subway sarin attack

 
1997
 
Capital participation in Heraeus Shin-Etsu Quartz Singapore Pte. Ltd. Investment: Heraeus 50%, Shin-Etsu Quartz 50%
1997

Consumption tax raised to 5%

 
1998
 
Capital increased to 1 billion JPY
1998

Nagano Winter Olympics

 
1999
 
Sasebo Plant establishedSasebo, Nagasaki
1999

Large scale reorganization of major city banks

 
2001
 
Website opened
2001

IT bubble collapses

 
2002
Feb.
Miyazaki Plant and Sales Office closed
2002

Japan-Korea FIFA World Cup

 
2004
Sep.
Mass production of CM-1 started at Koriyama Plant
2004

First strike by professional baseball players

 
2005
Mar.
Started SST (Special Surface Treatment) for wide-range of quartz parts commercially at Yamagata Shin-Etsu Quartz
2005

Promulgation of Postal Service Privatization Act

 
2007
July
Yamagata Shin-Etsu Quartz building expansion completed
2007

Pension documentation scandal

 
2008
Sep.
Takefu Plant new A-building completed
Nov.
Quartz division of Saint-Gobain acquired
2008

Lehman Brothers collapse

 
2010
Jan.
Production of large quartz ingots begins at Koriyama Plant
2010

Asteroid exploration craft "Hayabusa" returns to Earth

 
2011
Mar.
Koriyama Plant and Yamagata Shin-Etsu Quartz damaged in Great East Japan Earthquake
2011

Great East Japan Earthquake

 
 
 
2012

European financial crisis

 
2014
 
Heraeus Shin-Etsu America closes
 
 
2016
Apr.
Kyushu Plant damaged in Kumamoto earthquake
2016

Kumamoto Earthquake

 
2019
Oct.
Koriyama Plant suffers flood damage
2019

His Majesty the Emperor accedes to the throne. Era name changed to "Reiwa".

2020
June
Toshiyuki Kato appointed Representative Director and President
2020

COVID-19 pandemic

 
 
 
2021

Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

 
2022
Feb.
50th anniversary
June
Merged with Yamagata Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. (current name: Yamagata Plant) and Fukui Shin-Etsu Quartz Co., Ltd. (current name: Fukui Plant)
 


 
 
 
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