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Kao Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops and sells consumer products worldwide. It operates through four segments: Beauty Care Business, Human Health Care Business, Fabric and Home Care Business, and Chemical Business. The Beauty Care Business segment offers cosmetics; skin and body care products, such as facial and body cleansers; and hair care products, including shampoos and conditioners, and hair styling agents primarily under the Sofina, Kanebo, Molton Brown, Bioré, Jergens, Asience, John Frieda, and Goldwell brand names. The Human Health Care Business segment provides functional health beverages, feminine and baby care products, and oral care products primarily under the brand names of Laurier and Merries. The Fabric and Home Care Business segment offers fabric care products, including laundry detergents, fabric softeners, and bleaching products; and home care products comprising dishwashing detergents and house cleaning products principally under the brand names of Attack, Haiter, and Magiclean brand names. The Chemical Business segment manufactures and sells oleo chemicals, performance chemicals, and specialty chemicals, as well as develops various chemical products, such as fat and oil derivatives and surfactants, functional polymers, and fragrances, which are produced from natural oils and fats primarily under the brand names of KALCOL, EMAL, MIGHTY, and TUFTONE. This segment serves paper and pulp, food products, pharmaceutical products, electronics, civil engineering and construction, information media, electronics, and other industries. The company was formerly known as Kao Soap Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Kao Corporation in 1982. Kao Corporation was founded in 1887 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.

33,054 Employees
Last Reported Date: 03/28/14
Founded in 1887

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Kao Corporation Launches Laundry Detergent Attack Jaz1 in Indonesia in June 2014

Kao Corporation launched laundry detergent Attack Jaz1 in Indonesia in June 2014. Attack Jaz1 is a powder detergent for hand-washing laundry, newly developed for Indonesian home lifestyles. Attack Jaz1 is produced at Karawang Plant in West Java, opened recently with a completion ceremony on June 19, and will be available nationwide in Indonesia. The laundry detergent market in Indonesia is regarded as one of the most crucial markets in Asia because of its large scale and high growth. In Indonesia, while washing machine usage is quite low, at about 30% in Jakarta, the ratio of people hand-washing laundry is about 80%, including those people who use washing machines as well as hand-wash. Moreover, as local water used for washing is hard and can make stain-removing difficult, consumers often use a cream-type detergent to enhance cleaning performance, in addition to powder detergent. So, washing the laundry is both time-consuming and labor-intensive.

Kao Corporation Reports Earnings Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Full Year Ending December 31, 2014

Kao Corporation reported earnings results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported net income of JPY 25.19 billion or JPY 49.13 per diluted share compared to JPY 10.52 billion or JPY 20.25 per diluted share for the same quarter a year ago. Net sales were JPY 341.2 billion compared to JPY 289.04 billion for the same quarter a year ago. Operating income was JPY 39.64 billion compared to JPY 18.34 billion for the same quarter a year ago. For the full year ending December 31, 2014, the company expects net sales of JPY 1.37 trillion, operating income of JPY 130.0 billion, ordinary income of JPY 133.0 billion, and net income of JPY 75.0 billion or JPY 146.4 per share.

Kao Corporation to Report Fiscal Year 2013 Final Results on Apr 23, 2014

Kao Corporation announced that they will report fiscal year 2013 final results on Apr 23, 2014


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