CATALYZING THE NEW: Driving chemical industry growth in an era of epic disruption

| January 28, 2019

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Despite healthy appearances, the global chemical industry faces change on multiple fronts, with the convergence of disruptive forces redefining its future. Hidden pressures are mounting, revealing telltale signs of risk. Profound changes in downstream markets and the supply chain are digging in. Manufacturers are moving to more sustainable materials.

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Nitto Americas

Nitto, Inc. has operated in the USA since 1968, earning a reputation as a pioneer in the field of pressure-sensitive adhesives by developing new products through our innovative, proprietary technologies. Fully utilizing its core technologies such as adhesion and coating technologies to add diverse functions to sheets and films, Nitto Denko Group offers to the global market a wide range of high-value-added products including optical films for liquid crystal displays, automotive materials and parts, reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, transdermal drug delivery patches, and much more.

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Nitto, Inc. has operated in the USA since 1968, earning a reputation as a pioneer in the field of pressure-sensitive adhesives by developing new products through our innovative, proprietary technologies. Fully utilizing its core technologies such as adhesion and coating technologies to add diverse functions to sheets and films, Nitto Denko Group offers to the global market a wide range of high-value-added products including optical films for liquid crystal displays, automotive materials and parts, reverse osmosis membranes for seawater desalination, transdermal drug delivery patches, and much more.

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