Kanto Corporation was established in Oregon in 1990 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kanto Chemical Co., Inc., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. Kanto established a U.S. presence at the insistence of our customers and our first several years in the United States were spent providing products and services directly from Kanto Chemical Co., Inc. in Japan.
To fill a market need, our customers demanded a more local supply, and we responded by building our Portland Manufacturing Facility - which opened in 1996. This venture has been extremely successful in meeting the needs of our customers, and we continue to expand.
Kanto's world-class capabilities, long experience in Japan, highly trained U.S. staff, and technological advances allowed our U.S. venture to become very successful in a short period of time
Since 1990, Kanto has made an investment into the U.S. market, with a purchase of 11.2 acres and the building of a 70,000 square-meter facility in Portland, Oregon. It is our intention to continue the expansion and production capabilities of this facility.
Our Portland Manufacturing Facility has world-class cleanroom facilities; filling and inspection rooms are Class 100. We also have a premier analytical laboratory on site, which is capable of ppt-level metals analysis and has assay proven beyond third-party laboratories. The design of this entire facility is modeled after our fifth successful factory in Ohmuta, Japan, and engineered using lessons learned from over 50 years of experience.
We believe that product quality is the result of proven production systems and continuous improvement. Kanto Corporation's quality management system has been certified in accordance with ISO 9000. All critical processes are automated and controlled to stringent standards and all critical interfaces in Total Quality Management are clearly defined in relation to one another.
Kanto is committed to the safety of its employees, customers, and the environment. Kanto has a comprehensive safety and health program and an excellent safety record. There has never been an incident in the four-year history of our Portland Manufacturing Facility that has resulted in a chemical spill or release requiring special hazardous materials response capabilities.
In Portland, Oregon, Kanto has one production plant, engineering and design services, and two customer service centers. A third customer service center is located in Texas, and a fourth in Virginia. This base has allowed Kanto to gain total supply awards at five new facilities, growing our market share to over 10% in two short years.
Kanto has five production plants (all ISO 9000 and ISO 14001 certified), two R&D centers, engineering and design, and 22 customer service centers. Our largest customer base is in Japan, where Kanto has a market share of greater than 50%.
Most importantly, Kanto has been involved with the semiconductor industry since it's earliest stages in the 1960s. We have grown and invested heavily in the industry throughout our history.
Established in 1991 originally as a joint venture between E. Merck and Kanto, Merck-Kanto supplies to over 70% of the Taiwanese market. In Hsin-Chu, we have one production plant, local engineering and design, and one customer service center. We have recently expanded our Taiwan presence with an additional production plant and customer service center, both located in Tainan on the southern portion of the island. Our major involvement in the foundry segment of the business has led to many innovations and forced us to develop very sophisticated inventory management practices that meet the varying needs of foundry work.
To better serve the rapidly growing South East Asia market, Kanto has opened a headquarters office in Singapore and established operations in both Singapore and Malaysia.