Target Industries

We Start by Listening to Our Customer

Kao business activities are based on a consumer driven principle. Individual divisions cooperate with each other in an organic manner, and through Yoki-Monozukuri we provide products, brand and services that enable to us to share joy with consumers and customer.

Yoki Monozukuri

We define "Yoki-Monozukuri" as a strong commitment by all members to provide products and brands of excellent value for consumer satisfaction.

Business Units

With a small thing, we can make a big thing!
Surfactants are closely related to interfacial and colloidal phenomena. This is because these phenomena depend upon the properties of the surfaces on which surfactants have a great effect. In general, surfactants are the active agents to decrease the surface tension of the water (the word gsurfactant" originated because of this property)

Although the products are relatively small, their broad range of use has brought huge benefits to people all over the world.

Our chemical business is operated globally in the following three fields: Oleo Chemicals, to ensure a stable supply of fats- and oils-based products; multi-function Performance Chemicals based mainly on surfactants; and Specialty Chemicals, high value-added products developed to meet customer needs. We will continue providing chemical products with unique characteristics to respond to the trust customers in all types of industries place in Kao.

Industry Sectors

Cosmetics & Toiletries

Aroma Chemicals


  • Cosmetics chemicals
  • Toiletry chemicals


  • Synthetic Aroma chemicals
  • Compounds


Pulp & Paper


  • Adjuvants (Functional spreaders)
  • Additives for agrochemicals
  • Anti-caking agents for fertilizers


  • De-inking agents 
  • Bulking agents
  • Dispersants
  • De-foaming agents
  • Detergents

Plastic & Synthetic Rubbers

Energy & Environment


  • Additives for polymerization 
  • Plasticizers
  • Lubricants
  • Anti-static agents 
  • Rubber processing agents


  • Fuel additives
  • Refrigeration oils 
  • Floatation agents 
  • Cleaners as a CFC substitute 

Color & Inorganic Products 

Metals / Foundry 


  • Dye auxiliaries 
  • Pigment auxiliaries 
  • Paint chemicals
  • Printing ink chemicals


  • Metal cleaners 
  • Binders for molding ands 




  • Concrete additives
  • Asphalt emulsifiers


  • Lubricant base oils / Lubricant additives 
  • Metalworking fluids
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