Overview of the Kao Group

Striving for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people globally through Yoki-Monozukuri implemented from the consumer/customer's perspective

The Kao Group develops consumer product business that targets general consumers. Kao Group business segments that cater to the consumer include: the Beauty Care Business in which we offer prestige cosmetics, and premium skin care and hair care products; the Human Health Care Business with products that include functional health beverages and feminine and baby care products; and the Fabric and Home Care Business, which includes laundry detergents and household cleaners. Also, in the Chemical Business we develop chemical products that meet the various needs of industry.

In these diverse business fields, Kao remains committed to Yoki-Monozukuri implemented from the consumer/customer's perspective so that we may strive for the wholehearted satisfaction and enrichment of the lives of people globally.

Consolidated Sales(As of December 31, 2015)

Net Sales
Sales Breakdown by business (FY 2015)

Group OperationsSept. 1, 2016

Beauty Care Human Health Care Fabric & Home Care Chemicals
Japan Kao Corporation Check Check Check Check
Kao Group Customer Marketing Co., Ltd. Check Check Check
Kao Customer Marketing Co., Ltd. Check Check Check
Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. Check
Kanebo Cosmetics Sales Inc. Check
e'quipe Ltd. Check
Kanebo Cosmillion Ltd. Check
Kao Cosmetic Products Odawara Co., Ltd. Check
Nivea-Kao Company Limited Check
Goldwell Japan Co., Ltd. Check
Kao Sanitary Products Ehime Co., Ltd. Check Check
Kao Professional Service Co., Ltd. Check
Kao-Quaker Company, Limited Check
Korea Kanebo Cosmetics Korea Co.,Ltd. Check
China Kao (China) Holding Co., Ltd. Check Check Check Check
Kao Corporation Shanghai Check Check Check
Kao Commercial (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Check Check Check
Shanghai Kanebo Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Check
Kanebo Cosmetics (China) Co., Ltd. Check
Kao Chemical Corporation Shanghai Check
Kao Trading Corporation Shanghai Check
Kao (Shanghai) Chemical Industries Co., Ltd. Check
Hong Kong Kao (Hong Kong) Ltd. Check Check Check
KPSS Hong Kong Ltd. Check
Taiwan Kao (Taiwan) Corporation Check Check Check Check
Taiwan Kanebo Cosmetics Co., Ltd. Check
KPSS Taiwan Ltd. Check
Vietnam Kao Vietnam Co., Ltd. Check Check
Philippines Pilipinas Kao, Inc. Check
Thailand Kao Industrial (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Check Check Check Check
Kao Commercial (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Check Check Check
Kanebo Cosmetics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Check
Kao Consumer Products (Southeast Asia) Co., Ltd. Check Check Check
Malaysia Kao (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Check Check Check
Kao Soap (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Check
Kanebo Cosmetics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Check
Fatty Chemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Check
Kao Plasticizer (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Check
Kao Oleochemical (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. Check
Singapore Kao (Singapore) Private Ltd. Check Check Check Check
Indonesia PT Kao Indonesia Check Check Check
PT. Kao Indonesia Chemicals Check
Australia Kao Australia Pty. Limited Check Check
New Zealand Kao New Zealand Limited Check
Canada Kao Canada Inc. Check
United States Kao USA Inc. Check
Kao Collins Inc. Check
Kao Specialties Americas LLC Check
Mexico Quimi-Kao, S.A. de C.V. Check
Brasil Kao do Brasil Representação Comercial Ltda. Check
Finland Kao Finland Oy Check
Norway Kao Norway AS Check
Sweden Kao Sweden AB Check
Denmark Kao Denmark A/S Check
Russia Kanebo Cosmetics Rus LLC Check
Germany Kao Germany GmbH Check
Guhl Ikebana GmbH Check
Kao Manufacturing Germany GmbH Check
Kanebo Cosmetics Deutschland GmbH Check
Kao Chemicals GmbH Check
Netherlands Kao Netherlands B.V. Check
Guhl Ikebana Cosmetics B.V. Check
United Kingdom Kao (UK) Limited Check
KPSS (UK) Limited Check
Molton Brown Ltd. Check
Belgium N.V. Kao Belgium S.A. Check
Czech Republic Goldwell Cosmetics (CZ) s.r.o. Check
France Kao France SARL Check
Austria Kao Austria Handelsgesellschaft mbH Check
Switzerland Kao Switzerland AG Check
Kanebo Cosmetics (Europe) Ltd. Check
Italy Kao Italy S.p.A. Check
Kanebo Cosmetics Italy S.p.A. Check
Spain Kao Chemicals Europe, S.L. Check
Kao Corporation S.A. Check
South Africa Kao South Africa Pty. Ltd. Check

Company Outline(As of December 31, 2015)

Company Name Kao Corporation
Address 14-10, Nihonbashi Kayabacho 1-chome
Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8210 Japan
Founded June 1887
Incorporated May 1940
Capital 85.4 billion yen
Employees 6,970
(Number of employees in Kao Group consolidated companies: 33,026)
Representative Michitaka Sawada, President and CEO
Consolidated Sales and Income
Net sales 1,4,71.8 billion yen
Operating income 164.4 billion yen
Ordinary income 169.3 billion yen
Net income 98.9 billion yen
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