Showa Denko America

Showa Denko Glycine stands for customer safety, product reliability, and stable supply.

Glycine is one of the 20 essential amino acids, commonly found in proteins. Large amounts of free glycine are found in nature, including prawns, sea urchins, scallops, and other shellfish. The characteristic flavor of these foods can be attributed to Glycine.



Glycine production was started at Kawasaki Factory in 1974. We have the No. 1 market share in Japan market and sell worldwide through our global network.


We offer highly-expertised sales/technical service and promote close communication to meet our customer's requirements.


We are the only company in Japan that maintains an integrated production system, from raw materials to finished products.



Glycine is added to many food products to help create rich, elegant flavors. Glycine prevents growth of Bacillus subtilis and Escherica Coli, improving the shelf life of foods.

Personal Care

Glycine, along with its aluminum-zirconium complex, is widely used in antiperspirants.

Metal Finishing

Many electrolytic and electroless use glycine for its buffering.

Chemical Synthesis

Being a simple organic compound with reactive amino, carboxyl and methylene groups, Glycine has found numerous applications in the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals and a wide variety of other organic chemicals.

Feed Additives

Glycine can be used as feed additive to not only improve feed nutrition levels, but also has the effects of antioxidation and prolonging the shelf life of feed.

Pet Foods

Glycine is used as an ingredient in pet food formulations, to improve the taste.


Assay 98.5 - 101.5%
State of Solution Transparent and Colorless
pH 5.5 - 7.0
Chloride (as Cl) 0.021% max.
Heavy Metals (as Pb) 20 ppm max.
Arsenic (as As2O3) 4.0 ppm max.
Less on Drying 0.30% max.
Residue on Ignition 0.10% max.
Check Tests (2 different types) Conforming