We, ASAHI AV Europe GmbH, were established in October 2014 in Germany as one of the subsidiaries of the Japanese global company, ASAHI YUKIZAI CORPORATION. ASAHI YUKIZAI CORPORATION’s predecessor, Nicchitsu Kozai Kogyo Co., Ltd., was established in the city of Nobeoka in Miyazaki Prefecture on March 12, 1945. Year 2015 marked the 70th anniversary of its establishment.

Released shortly after its establishment, the AV LITE Resin and the ASAHI AV Valve are still mainstay products that continue to support the industry around the world.

The following presents our history of more than 70 years.

Watch our company introduction video that we created to commemorate the 70th anniversary of our foundation.

Founded in 1945 in the waning days of World War II

The Nicchitsu Kozai Kogyo Co., Ltd. was founded in March 1945 in the waning days of World War II as a subsidiary of the present-day Asahi Kasei Corporation.

After the end of the war, in November 1945 the company changed its name to Asahi Veneer Industry Co., Ltd.

Establishesd "AV" brand using the first letters of "Asahi" and "veneer"

In 1946, the Company established "AV" brand using the first letters of "Asahi" and "veneer," and began sales of the AV Lite molding material.

Mass Production of the phenolic resin molding materials

In 1950, we began mass production of the phenolic resin molding materials that were used at the time for the rapidly-expanding manufacture of telephones.

That year, the Company changed its trade name to Asahi Organic Chemicals Industry Co.,Ltd.

We began manufacturing polyvinyl chloride (PVC) molded products

We produced the world's first thermoplastic valve, the ASAHI AV

Invention of the ASAHI AV valve, the world's first valve molded of resin.

A savior for chemical solution lines
The world's first plastic streamline diaphragm valve

We achieved a world first in developing a plastic streamline Diaphragm Valve as a lightweight valve with superior chemical and pressure resistance, a savior for chemical solution lines.

Building the agricultural water business

The Alfalfa Valve and the Angle Valve became widely used across the country as designated models. This marked the start of the agricultural water business.

Our efforts produced results. The resin valve was recognized as a product that solved problems with metal valves. Today, it is finding application in many different areas.

As a pioneer in resin valves, and with the evolution of phenol resin polymerization and synthesis technologies, we contributed to development of the automobile and building machinery industries.

We added Drico Ltd. to the ASAHI YUKIZAI Group.

In the area of natural resources, Drico is engaged in the development of geothermal power resources throughout Japan. In well drilling, Drico takes pride in being number one in Japan in the numbers of hot spring wells drilled and cumulative well depth, and is one of the top Japanese companies in the area of well drilling.

With the passage of time ...

We changed our name to

The past 70 years and the next 30 years.

ASAHI YUKIZAI CORPORATION & Our Group's commitment to offer new values with a spirit of “Challenge, Create and Change”contributing to the affluence in people's life.

Business Management

For People

It is our belief that people are the most important asset and we aim to become a company in which people could enjoy working.

For our customers

We offer products and services with the aim to satisfy our customers, provide appropriate information for our stakeholders, enhance our reliability and become a highly profitable company.

For new and original technology

We always explore new fields with our proprietary technologies and aim to develop innovative products in time to meet needs.

For the transformation info a global business

We aim to develop businesses with our expertise and marketing strategies and make them known to the international society.

For safety, hygiene and ecological preservation

We proactively promote safety and hygiene activities. We also aim at development of environment- friendly products and manufacturing processes.

For abiding by laws and social norms and
moving forward hand in hand with society

We aim to carry out our corporate activities in a highly ethical manner and to be model coporate

Manual valves
Automatic valves
Pipes and fittings

Chemicals industry
Steel industry
Desalination plants

Water processing
Semiconductor industry

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