The Idemitsu Group carries out core business centered on fuel oils and basic chemicals on a global asis. In addition, it pursues a diverse range of businesses, including functional materials businesses that encompass lubricants and performance chemicals as well as such electronic materials as OLED. These businesses have advanced the core technologies cultivated in the core businesses. Also, the Group undertakes resource businesses that include oil exploration and production as well as coal, uranium and geothermal resource development. Idemitsu had sales of about ¥3,570 billion in FY2015 and 9,203 employees as of the end of the FY. Idemitsu shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Tokyo (5019).
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Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is a leading science and technology company in healthcare, life science and performance materials. Around 50,000 employees work to further develop technologies that improve and enhance life - from biopharmaceutical therapies to treat cancer or multiple sclerosis, cutting-edge systems for scientific research and production, to liquid crystals for smartphones and LCD televisions. In 2015, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, generated sales of € 12.85 billion in 66 countries.
Founded in 1668, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, is the world's oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company. The founding family remains the majority owner of the publicly listed corporate group. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, holds the global rights to the „Merck" name and brand. The only exceptions are the United States and Canada, where the company operates as EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Performance Materials.