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Kao Chemicals Europe is part of Kao Group, having 3 production sites located in Germany (Emmerich), Spain (Olesa de Montserrat, Mollet and Barberà del Vallès) and México (Guadalajara) and the headquarters located in Barberà del Vallès. Since 1999, Kao Chemicals Europe works as a holding company, giving support to the sales structure within the 5 different Business Units into which the company is organized.
Two of these Business Units have their origin in surfactant technology and deal with products that are addressed to the Consumer & Technical Applications markets. The other three Business Units, Oleochemicals,  Fragrance & Aroma Chemicals and Imaging Materials, belong to global activities that are coordinated by Kao Corporation (Japan).