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Engineering plastics for the products of the future

Article - March 9, 2023

Utilizing its expertise in specialized plastics, Polyplastics has its eye on American and European expansion.


“We are positioning our company to offer a broader variety of engineering plastics solutions.”

Toshio Shiwaku, CEO, Polyplastics Co., Ltd.

We are living in a knowledge economy where complex products are made using the specific know-how of a range of companies. Japan’s specialized engineering plastics supplier Polyplastics is one of the companies using its expertise to ensure everyday technology, from iPhones to cars, run smoothly.

Founded in 1962, the company has grown to become one of the world's most reliable engineering plastics producers, providing specialized solutions for its customers’ needs. An example of this is Polyplastics liquid crystal polymer (LCP) which is used in the iPhone’s connectors and camera modules and will also be used in future iPhone models due to its ability to support 5G connectivity.

The company’s specialized POM thermoplastic resin, which is both self-lubricating and oil resistant, is being used in a wide range of industries, including in fuel sender modules in automobiles. Company president Toshio Shiwaku says Polyplastics’ expert engineers understand the rigorous testing procedure POM must undergo for specific uses, and reveals POM was developed through working with its customers.

As Dr. Shiwaku says: “To continue to understand customers’ needs is crucial to find new applications and markets for our engineering plastics.”

Since expanding into Taiwan, China, and South China, the company has plans to grow into the European and North American markets, and is always on the lookout for potential partners, be that in product development and molding or geographical expansion.