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New chemical factory of Kao's Indonesian joint venture company has been completed

The new factory of PT Apical Kao Chemicals, a joint venture company of Kao Corporation (President and CEO: Michitaka Sawada) and Apical Group Limited (CEO: Dato'Yeo How) that produces fatty acids in Sumatra, Indonesia, has been completed today. The initial investment is about 80 million US dollars (about 9 billion yen).


With the completion of the new factory, the Kao Group will increase its production capacity, produce competitive oleochemical products, and promote their stable supply, in order to expand the chemical business.

Masahiro Katayose, Executive Officer and President of the Chemical Business at Kao Corporation, said that, "With Kao Group and Apical Group bringing their knowledge and technology together and creating synergy as a venture business, we hope to strengthen our supply chain and provide sustainable, high-quality oleochemical products and their characteristic derivatives to a wide range of customers."

Overview of PT Apical Kao Chemicals

- Corporate name: PT Apical Kao Chemicals
- Address: Dumai, Riau, Sumatra, Indonesia
- Established: January 2017
- Capital ratio: Apical Group 65%, Kao Corporation 35%
- Site area: Approx. 44,000 m2
- Produced item: Fatty acids

Apical Group, headquartered in Singapore, manufactures and sells oils, fats, and their derivatives mainly in Asia.

About Kao

Kao creates high-value-added products that enrich the lives of consumers around the world. Through its portfolio of over 20 leading brands such as Attack, Bioré, Goldwell, Jergens, John Frieda, Kanebo, Laurier, Merries and Molton Brown, Kao is part of the everyday lives of people in Asia, Oceania, North America and Europe. Combined with its chemical division, which contributes to a wide range of industries, Kao generates about 1,500 billion yen in annual sales. Kao employs about 33,000 people worldwide and has 130 years of history in innovation. Please visit the Kao Group website for updated information.

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Corporate Communications
Kao Corporation

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