Kao Corp. engages in the manufacture and sale of consumer and chemical products. It operates through the following segments: Consumer Products, Chemical, and Others. The Consumer Products segment includes Cosmetics, Skin Care and Hair Care, Human Health Care, Fabric and Home Care Businesses. The Cosmetics business offers make-up products such as RMK, SUQQU, Primavista, COFFRET DOR, KATE, SENSAI, and Molton Brown. The Skin Care and Hair Care business delivers skin care products such as facial cleansers, body cleansers, sunscreens, and body lotions. It also includes hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners, and hair colors. The Human Health Care business provides sanitary products such as Laurier sanitary napkins, Merries baby diapers, Relief adult diapers, Healthya functional beverage, Clear Clean, and Deep Clean toothpastes. The Fabric and Home Care business includes Attack and Newbeads laundry detergent, Humming and Flair Fragrance fabric softener, CuCute dishwashing detergent, and Magiclean household cleaners. The Chemical segment offers oleochemicals made from natural fat and oil, performance chemicals such as surfactants, and specialty chemicals such as toners and toner binders. The Others segment handles expansion and maintenance of logistics facilities and information technology (IT)-related investments. The company was founded by Tomiro Nagase on June 19, 1887 and is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
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