CSR activity through economic responsibility and business

Current Nippon Kayaku Group Products and Future Technologies and Products Supporting an Affluent Lifestyle

The Nippon Kayaku Group has adopted a corporate slogan called Global "sukima" ideas and is striving to develop Nippon Kayaku into a company that the world truly needs, by developing high value added products with unique technologies that stand out in niche markets and elsewhere.

CSR Activities Fulfilling Economic Responsibilities

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The Nippon Kayaku Group's Businesses

This section will take a closer look at the 4 core businesses of the Nippon Kayaku Group as well as products that they developed with unique technologies that contribute to the betterment of society.

Smart Chemicals Company

Functional Chemicals Business

We will contribute to society by supplying unique functional chemicals for the IT, ICT and resource conservation fields

The Functional Chemicals Business Group provides environmentally-friendly products utilizing our technologies in resins, pigments, catalysts, optical processing and X-rays to numerous fields such as ICT, digital printing, energy and resource conservation, and sensing. while also actively working to reduce CO2 emissions and its impact on the environment. We will continue to make contributions to achieving the SDGs and a realizing a super-smart society by supporting the IoT and diverse mobility ensuring a safe and secure life for people , and providing distinctive functional chemicals that can meet the needs of our customers and society.

Functional Chemicals Business

environmentally friendly NC-3000 series

Pharmaceuticals Business

We are contributing to society through improved medical care by promoting innovations in our proprietary technologies and by providing a stable supply of and information about high-quality pharmaceutical products.

The Pharmaceuticals Business is engaged in drug discovery research and development using biotechnology and polymer technology. In addition, we are advancing research and development focusing on biosimilar monoclonal antibodies and generic pharmaceuticals in the cancer field.

We aim to contribute to society through improved medical care by promoting innovations in our proprietary technologies and by providing a stable supply of and information about high-quality pharmaceutical products.

Pharmaceuticals Business

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Safety Systems Business

Through explosives technology applications, we help protect lives during auto collisions throughout the world

Global vehicle production is expected to continue to grow. In addition, safety components that protect passengers and pedestrians involved in auto collisions are rapidly spreading beyond the developed countries to the developing countries as well. The Safety Systems Business manufactures and marketsuses explosives technology, on which the Company was founded, in its automotive safety components, providing such product that employ explosives technology as inflators and micro gas generators, which are incorporated in such automotive safety components as air bags, seatbelt pretensioners, and hood-opening devices that protect pedestrians. The Safety Systems Business's products are manufactured not only in Japan, but also in the Czech Republic, China, Mexico, and Malaysia, and are used by auto manufacturers almost worldwide. The Safety Systems Business's products are helping to save people's lives in auto accidents everywhere.

Safety Systems Business

Safety Systems Business

Agrochemicals Business

We will contribute to society by supplying safe agrochemical preparations technology that are compatible with the environment and indispensable to stable food production

The environment surrounding agriculture is becoming more severe with each passing year, marked by food supply issues caused by the rising world population, issues with food self-sufficiency rate, and increasing crop damage from disease and pests. Such an environment requires that safe and secure agricultural crops be grown consistently and brought to market in a stable manner.

In June 2018, we launched our new insecticide, FINESAVE®. It is receiving rave reviews from the market as an insecticide that works on thrips and other pesticide-resistant insects, along with our spiracle-blocking agent, Fumon®, which is effective in overall pest control and does not rely only on a chemical pesticide.

Agrochemicals Business

Agrochemicals Business

Research and Development of the Nippon Kayaku Group

The Nippon Kayaku Group engages in proactive R&D activities, knowing that R&D is a driving force behind its business growth. Since marking its 100th anniversary, Nippon Kayaku has been further deepening its long-standing elemental technologies and core technologies, carrying out research and development while implementing new technologies. By continuing to deliver the best products, we will continue to safeguard the life and health of the public, support a comfortable life and contribute to a sustainable society.

At each of the research laboratories directly run by the Functional Chemicals Group, the Pharmaceuticals Group, the Safety Systems Group, and the Agrochemicals Group, R&D activities are taking place aimed at the creation of new products only possible by Nippon Kayaku in each of these respective business domains. As an organization linked together across the whole Company, the Research and Development Group is responsible for creating and providing intellectual added value and promoting company-wide R&D by bringing together both internal and external technologies. The R&D Planning Division conducts planning and research and development for the creation of new businesses. We are proactively pursuing corporate research that strategically allocates company-wide management resources to those themes that we believe hold the most promise for future growth.

In addition, the Intellectual Property Division not only secures intellectual property rights such as patents and expertise, but also contributes to the formulation of research and development strategies by analyzing and breaking down all sorts of information.

Outline of research department

Efforts to Create New Business

To create new business with a sense of speed, Nippon Kayaku has established a new business planning group and a new business development center within the Research & Development Group’s R&D Planning Division. Using our core technologies, we will work to create new businesses in the key, future growth fields of mobility, the environment and energy, life science, and electronics.

The New Business Planning Group conducts research and analysis of markets and technologies, and puts forward themes for new business creation. Theme planning will include establishing a new business vision and a commercialization strategy, as well as marketing. Planning is constantly reviewed according to the market environment and development status. The New Business Development Center conducts research and development aimed at realizing new business. It will develop and implement advanced technologies to achieve its goals.

Moreover, with the aim of speeding up new business creation, we will actively engage in open innovation by collaborating with research institutes such as universities and start-up enterprises.

Company-wide Research Presentation Conference

The annual Company-wide Research Presentation Conference brings together researchers from the Research and Development Group engaged in R&D at four laboratories in Japan as well as officials from the head office including the President for oral and poster presentations of research outcomes. The event also features oral presentations and awards for patented inventions that greatly contribute to the company's businesses or technological development.

To help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in fiscal 2020 we changed the conventional poster presentations to an online format and at the main venue we held the conference while ensuring masks were worn and social distancing measures were in place. Presentations were given at the conference on subjects such as patents that have contributed to the Company’s business and technological development, topics at the R&D divisions, and the best use of AI for R&D activities. All of the presentations produced some lively debate. As well as deepening our understanding of our in-house technologies which have been developed throughout the history of Nippon Kayaku, we will implement and integrate external technologies, accelerating our pursuit of innovation and solutions for tomorrow’s social challenges.

  • Company-wide Research Presentation Conference
  • Company-wide Research Presentation Conference

Developing Safety Devices for Drones

The Safety Systems Group develops, manufactures, and sells inflators, micro gas generators, and other types of gas generators, which are key components in automobile safety apparatus. Since its founding, Nippon Kayaku has been building up the explosives technologies used in these gas generator businesses. The Safety Systems Research Laboratory is continuously developing new products that utilize explosive technologies, and it has also considered expanding these technologies to other areas.

  • The parachute has openedThe parachute has opened
  • Actual safety device mounted on a droneActual safety device mounted on a drone

Launch of new theme creation project

The development of safety devices for drones was a theme proposed over the course of repeated discussions at off-site meetings and brain-storming sessions, where our young researchers take the initiative in launching projects based on new themes. The technological innovations and development of uses for drones over the past several years has been startling, and drones will probably become widely used throughout society in the future. Looking at the growth possibilities for drones, it occurred to us that we could use explosives technology to come up with a safety device for drones. Because a small amount of explosives is very powerful, we thought that drones’ flight performance could be best enhanced if the device on the drone was small and lightweight.

  • Teamwork is essential because development and testing involve many componentsTeamwork is essential because development and testing involve many components

Technical issues and innovation factors

We used explosives to design a prototype device for opening a parachute. In the event that the drone suddenly starts falling, the safety device will open a parachute to slow the drone’s descent, thus alleviating the impact of a crash landing and protecting any people on the ground. Although explosives are powerful, they are also dangerous and must be handled cautiously, so we took great pains in going through many iterations in our strength design. Also, when mounting it on a drone, the device must be small and extremely light so as not to interfere with the drone’s flight operations. We therefore eliminated all excess space and parts. We mounted the safety devices on drones and took them to an outdoor test field to conduct flight and landing tests and verify their effectiveness.

  • Drone flight and landing tests are undergone repeatedly out in the field
  • Drone flight and landing tests are undergone repeatedly out in the fieldDrone flight and landing tests are undergone repeatedly out in the field

Active use of open innovation

Although Nippon Kayaku possesses a large store of technology regarding explosives and automobile safety components, drones and parachutes were a new frontier for us. We therefore perfected our knowledge of this new frontier with the help of other firms, consultants, and university research labs. In addition, because this is a safety device for landing the drone, we needed a large test field for the actual flight tests. The laboratory borrowed a site at one of Nippon Kayaku’s plants, where it ran repeated tests in which the parachute was deployed after the drone was dropped from a giant crane. This served to improve the reliability of the safety device. In launching this business endeavor, we thought that it was important to tell the market about this concept as soon as possible so that we could get feedback on the device. We are therefore proactively exhibiting at trade fairs and seeking out customers who will use our safety device. Drone development is proceeding very rapidly overseas as well, so we are proactively networking with partner firms overseas. In particular, we obtained a competing product in the U.S., and we are trying to differentiate our product by conducting benchmarking tests with the help of a partner firm. We want to use innovative initiatives like these to contribute to society by producing competitive drone safety devices as soon as possible.

  • A drop test using a giant craneA drop test using a giant crane
  • An outside instructor gives a class on drone mechanisms and system control techniquesAn outside instructor gives a class on drone mechanisms and system control techniques

Lots of Products for 5G Under Development!

Nippon Kayaku's NC-3000-H epoxy resin is used in 5G next-generation high-speed telecommunication system substrates. To meet the large customer demand for higher-speed communication systems, Nippon Kayaku has mass-produced the MIR-3000-70MT maleimide resin, which has both heat resistance and low dielectric properties. The Nippon Kayaku Group holds the top market share in high-purity epoxy resins used in electronic components, but this product has electrical characteristics for high-speed communications that could not otherwise be achieved with conventional epoxy resins. It was developed by making the best use of our experience in biphenyl skeleton that is noted for its good processing formability, unlike previous maleimide resins.

The Functional Chemicals R&D Laboratories started developing products for high-speed telecommunications more than 10 years ago, in line with its predictions for the future. Today, following the development of a new resin called MIR-3000, it is aiming to expand its business by continuing to develop low dielectric resins with low dielectric properties. We intend to continue to provide new technologies and products to the world so that we can continue to contribute to the realization of a prosperous super-smart society supported by high-speed telecommunications.

  • Lots of Products for 5G Under Development!
  • Lots of Products for 5G Under Development!

R&D that takes the Nippon Kayaku Group's proprietary technologies to new heights - R&D of light control films

The Research and Development Group will contribute to society, safeguard the life and health of the public, and support a comfortable life by executing R&D investments to consistently deliver the best products.

Automobiles are set to undergo a major transformation with advancements in electric vehicles and autonomous driving technologies. A large number of sensors are now fitted to automobiles to support safe driving. One of these is the head-up display that displays various forms of information on the windshield. Head-up displays use special films that control light in order to display this information clearly. Light control technology is used in a very wide range of fields, including not only head-up displays, but also LCD and organic EL displays, projectors, transparent displays, heat shield windows, and sunglasses, to name a few.

Nippon Kayaku is examining the use of the group's light control technologies such as polarizing films and retardation films to develop highly advanced and specialized light control films as one of its corporate research themes. For example, in collaboration with Group companies, we are promoting the development of applications for automotive head-up displays using our unique technology that makes images clear in wide viewing angles.

  • Head-up displaysHead-up displays

Researching the Needs of Tomorrow: R&D for Organic Semiconductor Materials

The Research and Development Group will contribute to society, safeguard the life and health of the public, and support a comfortable life by executing R&D investments to consistently deliver the best products.

Additionally, the Research and Development Group is implementing R&D strategy with a medium- to long-term perspective to create new products and new business through open innovation inside and outside the company and by combining the intellectual properties and technologies of the Nippon Kayaku Group. The Kita-ku, Tokyo is one of the Nippon Kayaku Group's largest R&D hubs and considered a critical area for R&D and new business creation. We will concentrate resources here including researchers from each business field and facilities to achieve collaboration and integration of technologies and people.

Learn more about our research laboratories

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Interns from Overseas

Nippon Kayaku hosts interns from both domestic and overseas universities. Interns engage in various activities at Nippon Kayaku's laboratories with a focus on research and development, while also learning about corporate activities and Japanese culture. At the same time our employees receive a boost in terms of motivation and stimulation by working together with these young interns. Going forward, through these internships, we will continue to globalize our corporate culture and contribute to international exchange for people of Japan.

  • Interns from Overseas

Using Informatics for R&D

Drug discovery informatics and materials informatics which incorporate data science methods into their research and development, have been widely reported in recent years and are attracting attention. Nippon Kayaku has also begun efforts to utilize informatics as a technology that can be widely applied in each area of its business.

We will continue to create an environment where initiatives can be easily taken up, as well as improve literacy and acquire knowledge through lectures and seminars inside and outside the Company, and build an in-house network for the purpose of establishing and learning about technology.

Nippon Kayaku's research and development aims to further promote and improve efficiency by focusing on digitization of information and data analysis in addition to conventional methods based on hypotheses.

Using Informatics for R & D

Exchange within the Nippon Kayaku Group

Meeting of the Movement of Tomorrow

The 61st Meeting of the Movement of Tomorrow, scheduled to take place in 2020, was postponed in view of the rapid spread of the coronavirus from the end of last year.

As a result of exploring whether the entire Nippon Kayaku Group could work on something at a time when it was difficult to hold an event with large numbers of people both in Japan and overseas, we produced a summary of our response to COVID-19 and created videos which introduced the business sites. Both this summary and videos were sent out to all business sites.

The summary outlines how each business site is carrying out necessary measures to prevent coronavirus infections and how they are continuing to work. It also serves as a good reference as it shows those business sites which are taking extremely good measures. The video shows how people are working in their respective locations and environment. It is hoped that it will attract interest in other departments which in turn will help motivate employees and produce better lines of communication. As such, the videos which were produced at each business site have been put onto a DVD and sent out to other locations within the Group.

We are looking at ways to put on next year's meeting, and we sincerely hope that it can go ahead as a place where Nippon Kayaku Group employees can come together as soon as possible.

  • The Meeting of the Movement for Tomorrow
  • The Meeting of the Movement for Tomorrow

KAYAKU spirit Dream and Drive("Kaizen")ActivitiesThe exchange meeting

This year's Dream and Drive (D&D) exchange meeting was scheduled to be held in February 2021 but as with the Meeting of the Movement of Tomorrow it was postponed owing to the pandemic.

The purpose of the D&D exchange meeting is to give a rough idea of people’s thoughts and concerns about D&D activities in the workplace. As such, it is a small-scale meeting mainly for the plant departments where all participants can talk honestly and openly. Participants particularly like the fact that they can easily exchange opinions and share information as they can easily talk in small groups. In 2020, it became difficult to hold the event as usual, so we considered holding it online. However, we decided to cancel it as we thought that the benefits that come from the face-to-face meeting could not be realized online. We would like to hold the exchange meeting in 2021 and make it so that the session will be a more active D&D activity.

  • KAYAKU spirit Dream and Drive is an improvement activity that focuses on the ingenuity and innovation of all employees to resolve issues in the workplace independently under the banner of CSR management.
  • D&D Activities * The exchange meeting
  • D&D Activities * The exchange meeting
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