Ishihara Corporation (USA)

Company Background

Ishihara Corporation (USA) offers North American customers a wide range of high quality organic and inorganic chemical products (2).   Their parent company is the Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd. which engages in the manufacture and marketing of organic and inorganic chemicals primarily in Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The company is also involved in the construction of chemical plants. Its products include titanium dioxides, such as sulfate process A- and R-types, chloride process R-type, lemon, and reddish; and functional materials, including ultrafine titanium dioxide, ultrafine zinc oxide, electroconductive materials, photocatalytic titanium dioxide, high-purity titanium dioxide, high-purity titanium tetrachloride, catalytic titanium dioxide, acicular titanium dioxide, and lithium titanate. The company also provides agrochemicals comprising herbicides, insecticides, nematicides/fungicides, plant growth regulators, biological agrochemicals, and adjuvant; active pharmaceutical ingredients and HVJ-E vectors; and organic intermediates, such as CF3-pyridine derivatives. In addition, it offers chemicals and other products consisting of neutralization gypsum, concentrated sulfuric acid, diluted sulfuric acid, imported ore products, and MT iron oxide. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan (3).

All of the products sold by Ishihara Corporation (USA) are manufactured by Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd of Osaka Japan at plants located in Japan and Singapore (2).

Innovation and Technology

Ishihara Corporation has gained acclaim for its mass production of organic intermediates through proprietary technology. Organic chemicals, used as intermediates in agrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, dyestuffs, pigments and other products offer unlimited possibilities as new applications continue to be discovered.  Recently, Ishihara moved forward by successfully developing more than 60 types of intermediates by drawing on the technical expertise in organic compounding we have accumulated in the development of agrochemicals (1b). 

Ishihara Corporation’s profile in the organic chemistry industry is enhanced by their continued effort to create the next generation of agrochemicals. Another outgrowth of their development of intermediates includes the pyridine derivatives and compounds formed by substituting fluorine into the picoline chain. Compounds incorporating these derivatives offer potential as new forms of agrochemical and pharmaceutical intermediates due to the strong biological activity they exhibit (1b).


  • White Pigment -Tipaque®
  • Colored pigments - Tipaque® Yellow & Tipaque® Buff
  • Functional materials - TiO2 Specialty Products
  • Organic intermediates (1a).


  1. Ishihara Corporation (USA)  (2012). Retrieved on November 24, 2012
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  2. Chem Europe (2012). “Ishihara Corporation.” Retrieved on November 24, 2012 from
  3. Bloomberg Businessweek (2012).  “Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha Ltd.” Retrieved on November 25, 2012 from