SK Kaken Co., Ltd. was founded in April 1955 as Shikoku Kagaku Kenkyusho (Shikoku Chemical Research Centre) in Osaka. The word “Shikoku” stands for the smallest of the four islands in Japan and the company was named after it, in line with the President’s dream of expanding the business to all the islands. In 2015, the company will celebrate its 60th Anniversary.
At the heart of SK Kaken lies the company’s philosophy to “create something out of nothing”. With its origins in the recycling of solvent (purifying hazardous waste solvent by distillation) and developing water-based architectural coating, the company name was later changed to Shikoku Kaken Kogyo Co., Ltd which sparked a development in sand wall-like coatings and ceramic tile-like coatings that improved construction efficiency.
SK kaken began a directional change from organic materials towards the research of inorganic materials after the first oil crisis. It led to the success in developing the first inorganic intumescent materials in the world which in turn led to the creation of a fireproof coating for steel frames. SK Kaken achieved No. 1 market share in Japan in 1984 and still maintains that position to date. We have expanded our global network and successfully gained a foothold in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, India and the Middle East.
In April 1991, the company was renamed SK Kaken Co., Ltd which was incremental in establishing SK Kaken as a leading manufacturer in the field of architectural paints and coatings. Our range of patent products – Ceratight Series – began a new era of super dirt resistant exterior coatings. We have placed several innovative products in the market, such as heat reflective coatings, floor coatings and Japan’s first fireproof coating. In recent years, we have been developing alternative materials for natural stone and comfortable high-grade decorative new materials.
As SK Kaken strives to be the only one and No. 1 Company in this 21st century, it is crucial to meet the constantly changing demands of our society. SK Kaken recognizes that ‘Saving labour and energy’, ‘fire prevention & earthquake resistance’, ‘improving asset value’ and ‘high environmental friendliness’ is desired all over the world. SK Kaken utilizes state-of-the-art & advanced technology and research to continually upgrade ourselves and keep abreast of the increasing expectations and turn another crisis into an opportunity, to contribute to the world’s architectural landscape.