Kao was the first Japanese-affiliated company in Catalonia, starting their journey in 1970. From the very beginning, Kao committed strongly to Catalonia, investing in R&D activities and establishing its European headquarters near Barcelona, as well as its head office for Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
Founded in Tokyo, Kao is one of the world’s leading companies in the fields of beauty care, human health care, fabric and home care and chemicals. The company sells in more than 100 countries and employs 33,560 people worldwide.
Masahiro Katayose, President of Kao Europe, and Maria José Bermejo, President of Kao Spain, share the advantages of operating from Catalonia, how innovation plays a key role in the company along with Kao’s plans for the future.