Profile of Aichi Quality Companies
Certification No. 0429 Manufacture of ceramic, stone and clay products


Stable supply of high quality sericite as a cosmetic ingredient to cosmetic manufacturers throughout the world

Address 3 Kamiawashiromiyadaira, Furikusa, Toei, Aichi 449-0213 JAPAN
Tel +81-536-78-5511

■Company Outline

As a supplier of high-quality cosmetic ingredients, SANSHIN MINING IND. CO., LTD. stably supplies high-quality sericite mined in the only mine in the world to cosmetic manufacturers in Japan and throughout the world, such as Shiseido, Kanebo, Menard, L'Oréal and Chanel. We are also developing new applications of sericite based on its properties.

■Main Products

[SANSHIN MICA FSE]: Extender pigment for cosmetics (foundation)
Average grain diameter: 10 μm or less
[SANSHIN MICA FSN]: Industrial plastic filler
Average grain diameter: 5 μm or less


Electron micrograph of sericite



■Core Competence

The sericite we mine has a finer-grained crystal structure than any other mica. Our sericite is pure white, has a high degree of purity, and superbly creamy coverage when blending on your skin. A research institute in the U.S. identified it as the only underground resource in the world.
We use our proprietary wet classification method (adjusting the size of grains to suit the application) and our sophisticated refining technology to transform the world’s only mica source into the highest-quality mica cosmetic ingredients of SANSHIN MICA series, which we then supply to almost all of Japan’s cosmetic makers. In addition, we export our products to the United States, Europe, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and other countries, enjoying more than a 50 percent share of the global market. In particular, the SANSHIN MICA FSE is an essential material for cosmetic makers worldwide.