History

1970

After 300 years of operation, the Manju Chemical Corporation was incorporated and obtained the patents in 37 countries for its method of refining and extracting pure glucomannan.

1972

The name Manju Chemical Corporation was changed to Shimizu Chemical Corporation.

1973

Developed the health food “PROPOL®” and received the approval of the Japanese Ministry of Health,Welfare.

Clinical and animal studies were initiated by academic and research institutions in Japan and foreign countries.

Shimizu’s PROPOL® is acknowledged by leading scientific experts as having the unique properties worthy of further studies in humans.

1982

Masako Shimizu assumed the role of Representative Director and President.
Started the integrated development of a variety of health foods on a commercial basis.

1983

Developed “Active Fiber®”.

1985

Installed additional processing equipment and increased health food production.

1987

Applied for patent for a soluble glucomannan preparation process.

1989

Opened glucomannan refinery plant in Taiwan.

1993

Carried out the 1st stage expansion of “PROPOL® RS” production plant.

1995

Carried out the 2nd stage expansion of “PROPOL® RS” production plant.

1999

Initiated the production and the sales of “PROPOL®I SLB” and “WHITE PROPOL® ISLB” for cosmetic applications.

2000

Hideki Shimizu assumed the role of Representative Director and President.
Initiated the production and the sales of “PROPOL®PHOENIX” for liquid and beverage applications.

2006

Initiated the production and the sales of “PROPOL® LM” “PROPOL® LM”, the low-viscosity glucomannan.
Initiated the production and the sales of “PROPOL® G” “PROPOL® G”, the granule type.
Initiated the production and the sales of glucomannan in flowable formulations for agrochemical applications.

2007

Acquired ISO 9001:2000 certification (Head office factory).
(JQA-QMA13457, THE DESIGN /
DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURE OF GLUCOMANNAN(RHEOLEX® RS SERIES).)

2008

Acquired ECOCERT certificate (cosmetics grades)

2014

Acquired FSSC22000 certification (Taiwan factory)