Company Profile
  Kao Corporation of Japan, the parent company of Pilipinas Kao, was established in 1887 as a small soap-making business in Japan. But through its years of sincere dedication to satisfy its consumer needs, Kao has flourished and grown into a multi-billion dollar company. By 2005, Kao’s sales net turn-over grew to US$ 8.7 Billion. Presently, Kao is one of the leading household manufacturer and distributor of daily-use household products such as soaps and detergents, cosmetics, etc. that all contribute to consumers' lives by promoting cleanliness, health and beauty. In fact, Kao had been cited as one of the world's admired leaders in this field (Fortune Magazine, 1998).

Aside from household products, Kao also produces high quality specialty chemicals. Its product portfolio includes oleochemicals and various surfactants, fatty chemicals, specialty chemicals, edible oils and food additives. Kao's growing global network encompasses affiliates and subsidiaries in 25 countries all over the world including Philippines.

Rationale for the Establishment of Cocochemical
Complex in the Philippines

In accordance with the philosophy of Kao Corporation and mission to the Filipino people, Dr. Maruta, former Chairman of Kao, believed the Philippines, being the biggest exporter of coconut oil worldwide, had to pursue a coconut industrialization program that would make full utilization of its indigenous materials and target the coconut farmers as the program's direct beneficiaries.

Coconut oil, which is one of the materials used for Kao products, will not be exhausted as long as there is abundant sunlight, air, water and good soil. On a long-term basis, coconut is a more reliable raw material in producing many intermediate chemicals than petroleum which should be conserved and appropriated to more essential applications.

Pilipinas Kao Today

In its early stage of operation, Pilipinas Kao manufactured fatty alcohols exclusively for Kao Japan's consumer products. After a series of expansions and with the diligence of its employees, Pilipinas Kao has extended its presence all over the world. PKI’s markets now include US, Europe, the African region, the Middle East and Asia, our base market.

In line with the company’s vision to provide more livelihood to the community and additional dollar earnings to the country, PKI is registered under the Philippine Economic Zone Authority or PEZA. Having been granted business-friendly PEZA-initiated incentive programs, Pilipinas Kao is further encouraged to become competitive in the international oleochemical market arena.