$ 6.3 billion USD (FY 2013)
(宇部興産株式会社 Ube Kōsan Kabushiki-gaisha?) is a Japanese chemical company manufacturing chemicals, plastics, battery materials, pharmaceuticals, cement, construction materials, and machinery.
The company was founded in 1897 when Sukesaku Watanabe —an industrialist, a member of the House of Representatives of Japan and a deputy mayor of Ube— established Okinoyama Coal Mine, the predecessor of the present Ube industries.
Since then, the company has established six core business units: Chemicals & stainless steel water; plastics, specialty chemicals & products, cement, pharmaceuticals, machinery and metal products, energy and environment.
The company is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchane and Fukuoka Stock Exchange, and is a constituent of the Nikkei 225 stock index.
Ube Industries is a member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFJ) keiretsu.
Ube provides advanced materials for various defense and aerospace applications, for example it’s Tyranno fiber (a material incorporating a silicon/titanium mix) is used as a stealth material in the ATD-X program.
The presidents of the Ube Chamber of Commerce and Industry are elected from retired persons of The company. Serving president Yasuhisa Chiba (he was Representative Director of Ube industries) also holds the post of vice chairperson of the Chemical Society of Japan. Some employees of the Ube Group are elected to assemblyman.
UBE Group is doing business worldwide, especially Thailand(Rayong Province) and Spain(Province of Castellón) are main sites for petrochemical business. UBE Chemicals(Asia) Public Company Ltd.(UCHA) is one of the cogent chemical companies in Thailand. The company is the sole caprolactam producer in Thailand. Dr. Charunya Phichitkul, the president of UCHA also holds the post of vice chairperson of the petrochemical Industry Club The Federation of Thai Industries.