Sumitomo Chemical Europe is part of a group of more than 160 companies operating worldwide in such diverse business categories as Basic Chemicals, Petrochemicals & Plastics, IT-related Chemicals, Health & Crop Sciences, and Pharmaceuticals. We offer a wide range of innovative products and technologies that strive to address global needs and challenges such as resources, energy, food, and the environment.
We established operations in Europe in 1994 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. in Japan. We now serve as Regional Headquarters for the European and South African Regions as well as providing sales and marketing activities in these regions for a variety of products and industries that contribute to the well-being and safety of people in their daily lives. We are proud to work with a committed and talented teams of scientists, salespeople, and other employees at Sumitomo Chemical’s Group Companies in Europe. Each of these remarkable businesses extends our corporate philosophy of benefiting society, not just our own interests — from manufacturing products used in advanced solar cells to protecting vineyards from Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that destroys berries and causes damage to the vine during the vinification process. As part of the Sumitomo Chemical Group Companies, we share a common mission, vision, and business philosophy with our parent company, including a commitment to help society through our business activities.
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Sumitomo’s Corporate Statement
Sumitomo Chemical started business in 1913 as a producer of fertilizers from sulfur dioxide gas emitted by copper smelters. This business, which solved the environmental problem of air pollution while meeting the social demand for more agricultural production, embodied the business philosophy of the Sumitomo family handed down from the 17th century. “Our business must benefit society, not just our interests.” Throughout our history of almost a century, we at Sumitomo Chemical have lived by this credo. We have worked to build better lives by developing various businesses that meet people’s evolving needs. At the same time, we have continuously delivered technological innovation while paying special attention to product quality, safety, and the environment. Looking to the future, we will create new value beyond the boundaries of chemistry by combining a variety of ideas, views, and technologies. We will also continue to take up the challenges facing the globe, from meeting basic needs, to protecting the environment, to addressing the issues of adequate supplies of food, energy, and other resources. In this endeavor, each of us at Sumitomo Chemical will work together to enhance our capabilities, explore new possibilities every day, and overcome the challenges lying ahead with enthusiasm and a strong sense of mission. Sumitomo Chemical will seek to continue to build trust and bring joy to people across the world through constant innovation.