Sales: $811 million
Note: $811 million for personal care products. Corporate sales: $1.2 billion
Yoshihiro Kaneda, Sunstar Group chairman
Oral care products sold to consumers and through professionals (Gum, Guidor, Butler and Ora2); Beauty, wellness and personal care (Equitance and Kenkodojo); Air care (Pure-ism)
Comments: Sunstar Group makes oral care, skin care and air care as well as a variety of industrial products, like adhesives and chemicals. The company calls Switzerland home, but runs its industrial business from Singapore.
Consolidated net sales in fiscal 2018 rose 1.1% over the prior year. However, the group’s operating income of fell 31.5% from the prior year.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Sunstar donated more than 85,300 Gum oral care products to healthcare professionals, COVID-19 patients and at-risk groups across the globe. The company provided kits with toothbrushes, toothpaste and interdental brushes in some of the most affected countries by COVID-19 such as Italy, Spain, the US and China.
Sunstar is currently seeking nominees for the seventh edition of the World Perio Research Award. The call for research papers on “the relationship between periodontal diseases and systemic health” is designed to celebrate excellence in research on the relationship between oral health and systemic health. The award, which will be held in conjunction with the EuroPerio10 Congress in Copenhagen in June 2021, is an initiative in collaboration with four scientific journals (Journal of Periodontology, Journal of Clinical Periodontology, Journal of Periodontal Research and Journal of Dental Research). The submission deadline for is Jan. 15, 2021.
The Sunstar Foundation, established in 1977, promotes better oral health. In addition, Sunstar also operates the Sunstar Senri Dental Clinic, which specializes in managing the relationship between oral health and systemic diseases, with a focus on diabetes mellitus.