Sales: $840 million for oral care, health and beauty products. Corporate sales: $1.2 billion.
Key personnel: Yoshihiro Kaneda, chairman.
Major Products: Oral care, health and beauty products. Brands include GUM, Butler, Ora2 oral care, Equitance skin care, Sunstar tonic personal care. Sunstar also sells food and nutrition products, flooring sealants and motorcycle parts.
Comments: Consolidated net sales in fiscal 2017 rose 0.8% over the prior year, said Sunstar Group.
This oral care expert continues to fund scientific research in its key product area. For example, Sunstar recently awarded two members of the American Academy of Periodontology—Hsun Liang Chan, DDS, MS, and Jeff C.W. Wang, DDS, DMSc—$30,000 grants for their research projects as part of the AAP partnership. The Sunstar Innovation Grant is earmarked for AAP members whose investigations show significant potential to advance the specialty periodontics.
Sunstar also lends support to those in need. Following the an earthquake in North Osaka, Japan in June, Sunstar delivered 1,008 bottles of GUM dental rinse and 648 sets of GUM travel sets to temporary evacuation shelters and a relief supply center in Takatsuki.