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R&D Policy

The core technologies of the Nippon Kayaku Group have its roots in explosives, dyes and pharmaceuticals. These changed with the times to evolve into today’s businesses in functional chemicals, pharmaceuticals, safety systems and agrochemicals. By combining these core technologies with the wealth of intellectual property we have built up over our 100-year history, we shall move forward on development with a clear vision of research outcomes as we carry out the role and social mission of the Nippon Kayaku Group.
Strengthening R&D is a key theme identified by the midterm business plan, “KAYAKU Next Stage.” Using a unique R&D organization with vertical and horizontal lines, we shall create the best products society needs, and we will strive to be a global Smart Chemicals Company that continues to evolve by staying ahead of the changing times.

R&D Structure

(1) Implement R&D Integrated with our Business

Each division of research and development, sales and manufacturing will work together as one with the business groups and division to strengthen our system of product development so that it captures market needs accurately. To achieve this, we created a structure that put the Functional Chemicals R&D Laboratories, Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories, Safety Systems Development Laboratories and Agrochemicals Laboratories directly under each business group and division, and we are working to strengthen the “vertical threads” that these represent.

Functional Chemicals R&D Laboratories

At the Functional Chemicals R&D Laboratories, our focus is on developing and compounding unique materials fashioned primarily from resins and colorants. We are developing special materials, such as environmentally-friendly epoxy resins and maleimide resins that are heat-resistant and flame-retardant which we are rolling out to the fields of information and communications, as well as energy and resource conservation. Furthermore, we are developing functional materials from composites for the fields of displays and electronic devices. We are also concentrating on deepening our historic dye technologies while developing colorants for inkjet printers and special functional colorants. In addition, we are furthering development of high-performance catalysts for manufacturing basic chemicals such as acrylic and methacrylic acids, and we are successively putting them on the market.

Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories

At the Pharmaceuticals Research Laboratories, we are vigorously moving forward with the research and development of polymeric micelle anti-cancer drugs through the use of nanotechnology. In response to extremely high prices for biomedicines, we have become involved in the development and introduction of biosimilars as the low-cost formulations that society needs. In line with this, we are attempting to obtain the technology to manufacture biomedicines that are of a high quality and highly productive. Furthermore, we are actively working on the development of generic anti-cancer drugs that cater to medical needs.

Safety Systems Development Laboratories

At the Safety Systems Development Laboratories, we are furthering development of devices that make use of our explosive technologies. These devices include disk type inflators for driver and passenger seat airbags, cylinder type inflators for side, curtain, seat cushion and knee airbags, micro gas generators for seatbelt pretensioners, as well as micro gas generators for a mechanism that raises the hood so as to protect pedestrians. We are also creating a research and development system to provide low-cost, high-quality safety components in a timely manner to customers spread across the globe by combining the technology of safety components from production bases located around the world.

Agrochemicals Laboratories

FINESAVE®, a new insecticide for vegetables and fruit trees that Agrochemicals Laboratories had been working to bring to the market, was launched in June 2018.
 As we strive to make the use of FINESAVE® more widespread, we shall continuously develop unique formulations and expand applications of current products so we can provide even more new agrochemicals, and safe and easy-to-use agrochemicals.

(2) Group-wide Coordination and Promotion of R&D

For coordination across organizational boundaries in research and development, we are clarifying the horizontal lines that the Research and Development Group are responsible for as “horizontal threads.” The Research and Development Group oversees the integration of internal and external intellectual property, intellectual property strategy, and integration of R&D laboratories. The Research and Development Management Committee is involved in research and development overall as a company-wide management issue. In research and development aimed at the creation of new products and new businesses, we are actively promoting corporate research—such as the strategic allocation of company-wide business resources, and the integration of internal and external technology, products and intellectual property—toward subjects we expect to be major growth areas in the future.

Corporate Research

Theme Details
Organic
Electronics
Using the technology of functional colorants, we are promoting the development of organic electronic materials that hold promise for flexible device transistors and sensor materials.
Light-controlled
film
We are developing our own light-controlled film that makes use of film fabrication and coating technology to reflect and absorb light of a specific wavelength, and we are working hard on the development of special high-functioning films for applications in the fields of automotive head-up displays and eyewear.
Manufacturing Technologies for Biomedicines Cultivecs Inc., our research and production base for antibody drugs, was established as a joint venture with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc. We are advancing development while integrating our knowledge with the goal of establishing the core manufacturing technologies for domestic antibody drugs production.

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Intellectual Property Strategy and Policy

The Nippon Kayaku Group views maximizing corporate value as our mission. To accomplish this, we continuously inject intellectual property into our business by utilizing valuable intellectual property created through a strategy that is aligned with our business policy. The Intellectual Property Division, which is central to this function, focuses on the following four items in its work.

  1. Filing high-quality patents
  2. Intellectual property strategy able to be utilized in our business
  3. A patent network that equips us to exercise our rights and defend against attacks from other companies
  4. Playing a central role in the management of the intellectual property of group companies in Japan and overseas.

 In addition, we are working to research the patent environment by analyzing the patents of other companies and build a patent network by applying for groups of patents peripheral to products. We consider this an important intellectual property strategy, which divisions and laboratories are coordinating on, to heighten the competitiveness of our products and businesses.

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