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KAO Case Study: MSDS


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Kao Chemicals Europe S.L. (KCE) is a group company of Kao Corporation with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Kao Corporation manufactures and sells consumer products (e.g. home & personal care) and chemical products (e.g. fatty chemicals & oils, specialty chemicals, fragrances & flavors, toner, etc.) as the pillars of its business activities. The Company is striving to expand its operations in each business segment and in the global marketplace by providing consumers throughout the world with superior products and services.

Kao Corporation employs 5747 people and operates 22 production facilities in Asia, North America and Europe with revenues of EURO 8.1 billion in 2002. KCE has production, sales and R&D locations in Spain, France and Germany, and produces approximately 5000 finished products and 3000 raw materials. It sells its products to more than 1600 customers in over 90 countries.

Compliance with laws and regulations is required by Kao’s policies regarding the environment, safety and health. Every plant is obliged to adhere to stringent environmental laws and bylaws as an unwavering cornerstone of company policy.


In 2001, Atrion International was called in to perform its proven ARROW (Atrion Regulatory Review & Opportunity Workshop) methodology to provide Kao’s project team with the necessary information to support its investment in a new solution

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