About Us


Established in 1946, Nikko Chemicals is engaged in the R&D and manufacturing of ingredients for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food, and industrial applications.

We originally began with a focus on interface and colloid chemistry, but we have since become a leader in the field of specialty chemicals by incorporating the best and latest technology in dermatology, molecular biology, and biotechnology into our products and services.

Our group strives to contribute to the enrichment of human life through a wide variety of business services including the manufacture of high-quality raw materials and surfactants, the development of product formulations, and the evaluation of safety and efficacy of ingredients and final products.
Company Name Nikko Chemicals Co., Ltd.
CEO Hideyuki Nakahara
Establishment 1946
Capital 100,000,000 yen
Employees 127 as of July 2020

Our Strengths


The following are our main product categories.

By Function:

  • Active ingredients for skincare (anti-pigmentation, anti-aging, moisturization, anti-inflammatory).
  • Emulsifiers, solubilizers, dispersants, and detergents.
  • Specialty emulsifying blends with various functions.
  • Emollient ingredients.
  • Viscosity and texture modifiers.

By Function:

  • Vitamin derivatives (esters, ethers, and salts), plant extracts
  • Oily materials, vegetable oils, fatty acid esters
  • Lecithin derivatives, polyglyceryl fatty acid esters, nonionic polyoxyethylene surfactants
  • N-acylamino acids, N-acyl taurates, alkyl phosphates
  • Amidoamine, quaternary ammonium chlorides
  • Microemulsions, emulsion bases manufactured using new emulsifying technology (NET)

Our Products


Head Office

1-4-8 Nihonbashi-Bakurocho, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0002, JapanMap

  • Osaka Branch
  • Nagoya Branch
  • Kyushu Sales Office


  • India: Our distributor ha s locations in Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi. The office in Mumbai has a laboratory providing consultation regarding formulations.
  • Global: Our network of 45 distributors in 41 countries enables us to provide you with the latest information on trends around the world.


We are committed to the continuous fostering of creativity and innovation. This inspires the development of new products and technologies for the enrichment of people’s lives.

We recognize that the conservation of the global environment is the most important issue facing the human race, both now and in the future. Our GCS+E (Green, Clean, Sustainable + Economy) strategy puts environmental concern at the heart of all of our business activities.

Through GCS+E, we work to reduce emissions and waste by using environmentally-friendly raw materials in the design and manufacture of sustainable, economical, and high-quality products. The whole NIKKOL GROUP promotes GCS+E not only for our main fields of expertise, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals, but also for other businesses including foods, detergents, inks/paints, oil-based materials, and general industrial applications.


Plant-Based Raw Materials

We have developed 17 Ecocert-compliant products, based on plants that are grown in consideration of the surrounding environment.


Eliminating Hazardous Chemicals

We have developed 80 REACH-compliant products.


Minimizing Energy Use

We are aggressive in conserving energy throughout our production processes and operations as a whole.


Sustainable Development

We strive to balance environmental considerations and economic competitiveness.

CSR Activities

Our group was founded long before the term CSR (corporate social responsibility) became widely known. However, since the very beginning, we have maintained a future-oriented sense of responsibility in our way of working. Each of our people pays close attention to what is coming and is proactive.

Fulfilling our responsibilities is, of course, our job. Our founder, Masami Sekine, recognized that the word, “Responsibility” is a combination of “respond” and “ability.” This means not waiting until after a problem has occurred. But, paying close attention to the issues first and foremost. Thus, building on our achievements to date, NIKKOL GROUP will continue to initiate new CSR activities.

Group Company Activities

Below are specific initiatives undertaken by our group companies.

Nikko Chemicals Co., Ltd.

We run various programs to promote the economic independence of women in Ghana.

Nippon Surfactant Industries Co., Ltd.

We maximize waste reduction and energy-saving through the conversion of raw petrochemical materials into renewable resources.

Nikoderm Research Co., Ltd.

Through careful handling and objective analysis of data, we are continuously working to improve our production quality.

Bergerac Japon Co., Ltd.

While working to reduce the environmental burden, we are promoting the creation of an environment in which women can play an active role.

Our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

We go beyond the boundaries of our existing business and challenge ourselves to contribute to the progress of humanity through the following initiatives.

1. EDDI Project

We contribute to the EDDI (Emulsion Dynamics and Droplets Interface) Project, working to elucidate the mechanism of emulsification under microgravity environments to improve living conditions in outer space.

2. Restoration of Cultural Assets

We are contributing our deep expertise in surfactants to help Italian researchers restore cultural assets such as antique artworks.

3. Sustainable Development Goals

Through our CSR activities, we at NIKKOL GROUP are working towards achieving nine of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set forth by the United Nations Development Programme.

United Nations Sustainable Development GOALS

Production History

Since 1946, NIKKOL GROUP has been committed to “Fostering Creativity” and serving our customers with innovative products.

Production History

  • 1951

    Developed first nonionic surfactant
  • 1961

    Developed oilsoluble derivative of vitamins C and B
  • 1963

    Developed homogenous polyoxyethylene nonion surfactant
  • 1973

    Development and launch of alkyl glyceryl ethers
  • 1981

    Developed hydrogenated and hydroxylated lecithins
  • 1983

    Utilized liposome in personal beauty cosmetics
  • 1986

    Commercialized NIKKOL VC-PMG (watersoluble vitamin C derivative)
  • 1995

  • 1997

    Launched NIKKOL VC-IP (oil-soluble vitamin C derivative)
  • 2007

    NIKKOL VC-IP EX got approval for quasi-drugs
  • 2009

    Awarded Podium Award at IFSCC Paris (NIKKOL ZINC GLYCINE COMPLEX)
  • 2010

    First sustainable commercial ester series (NIKKOL GS series)
  • 2015

    Awarded bronze at in-cosmetics Asia (NIKKOL NIKKOFINE LW)
  • 2016

    Awarded silver at in-cosmetics Global (Meguri)
  • 2017

    Awarded silver at in-cosmetics Global (IROODORI)
  • 2017

    Awarded gold at in-cosmetics Asia (ARON NTZ)
  • 2018

    Awarded silver at in-cosmetics Global (AUROVISCO™ CS)
  • 2022

    BR-nSYseries were provided for EDDI project of European Space Agency (ESA)
  • 1st in Japan
  • 1st Globally
  • Awarded

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