In addition to providing Group-wide technological support, Tokuyama's Research & Development Division is committed to producing technologies and materials with genuine commercial application . Working with the development teams established in each operating department, the Division engages in research and development that places the utmost importance on customer relations.
New Business Promotion Dept.
The New Business Promotion Department has the mission of contributing to the execution of business strategies and the achievement of the targets under the Medium-Term Management Plan. We aim to do this by developing and executing the technical strategies of the Tokuyama Group.
In order to realize this mission, we will identify our future development themes through merging of our unique technologies with marketing and technology changes.
Tsukuba Research Laboratory
Tsukuba Research Laboratory is the base for research and development in the East Japan area. We are intended to strengthen the technical competitiveness of Tokuyama and increase the growth potential of its business, thereby creating new products/businesses that will lead the coming era through research into new materials.
The fields covered by the Laboratory extend from ICT to healthcare. The development topics are mainly the technologies and materials in which Tokuyama specializes, together with the wide range of fields related to them. In cooperation with universities and other research institutes, the Laboratory focuses on the development themes with the exit in sight.
Tokuyama Research Laboratory
Tokuyama Research Laboratory, in taking over the research facilities of Tokuyama Research Institutes, not only provides the development department of the Tokuyama area with an adequate environment in terms of facilities but also creates a positive environment in terms of the intangibles, typically the synergies realized through gathering various types of research and development teams and closeness to the front line of manufacturing, the production department.
As far as fields of responsibility are concerned, Tokuyama engages in research and development as well as related activities in inorganic fine chemicals focusing mainly on ICT-related and healthcare materials that have an affinity with its current operations.
Analytical Science Dept.
The Analytical Science Department is a specialist unit that carries out analysis and evaluation for the Tokuyama Group, and provides quality assurance for the items developed by the Group's R&D units.
With the advance of corporate globalization, the competition to develop high-quality products that differentiate the Company is becoming more intense. In order to move ahead of competitors, R&D and business operations backed by advanced material analysis techniques are vital.
The department is improving Tokuyama's competitiveness by focusing on developing and refining material analysis techniques and collaborating with external organizations to acquire leading-edge technologies for analyzing materials in its efforts to provide support for the Company's research and development.
Intellectual Property Dept.
The Intellectual Property Department supports the creation and utilization of intellectual property in the Tokuyama Group and is responsible for the management of intellectual property rights.
While building the necessary and sufficient intellectual property network for business activities through the acquisition of rights to protect R&D results, the department also plays an important role in contributing to appropriate business development that respects the intellectual property rights of other companies through thorough investigation and analysis.
The Department is also focusing on the effective utilization of intellectual property rights in accordance with a drastically changing business environment.
Through the research and analysis of intellectual property information, the Department is also aiming to contribute to the creation of new businesses in close collaboration with business divisions and R&D departments.
Chemicals Development Dept.
Looking 10 to 20 years into the future, the Chemical Development Department is committed to providing basic chemicals that are essential to the fabric of society while at the same time expanding into the energy and environment field. With this vision in mind, the Department is determined to engage in a wide array of development activities in a bid to contribute to society. Drawing on the salt solution electrolysis processes that produce caustic soda and chlorine, the Chemical Development Department is incorporating novel ideas from areas that to date have proven difficult to access and utilize to develop electrolytic cells that boast world-leading functions and performance. Moreover, the Department is pursuing the development of new businesses and opportunities. As far as hydrogen and its applications are concerned, an area of potential as a clean energy source, efforts are being directed toward the development of hydrogen production equipment that employs renewable energy.
Taking full advantage of its soda ash production technologies, a Company foundation business, the Chemical Development Department is also developing that collects and enriches the CO2 inherent in the combustion bases emitted at Tokuyama Factory. In addition to employing this CO2 in soda ash raw materials, energies are being directed toward additional applications. This includes its conversion to hydrocarbon in combination with hydrogen. Through these and other means, the Chemical Development Department is taking up the challenge of realizing a sustainable society.
Silica & Derivatives Development Dept. / Advanced Materials Development Dept. / IC Chemicals Development Dept.
Specialty Products Business Division's three development departments --Silica & Derivatives, Advanced Materials and IC Chemicals--engage in the development of the high-value-added materials that from behind the scenes support the technologies essential to the development of future society.
Those technologies include advanced information technologies, such as IoT and ICT, technologies for the electrification of automobiles and autonomous driving, and energy-related technologies.
With regard to silica and silica composite materials, such as the precision polishing materials that underpin the increasing ultraminiaturization and greater integration of semiconductors and the silica products utilized for advanced semiconductor encapsulating material, the Advanced Materials Development Department thoroughly hones its technologies that precisely control particle shape and surface condition. While realizing an accurate understanding of market needs and accelerated development, the Silica & Derivatives Development Department is also engaged in the development of many advanced products.
To resolve the increase in heat dissipation levels associated with the greater integration of semiconductors , the Silica & Derivatives Development Department is also undertaking the development of ceramics and filler that dissipate large amounts of heat, which draws on the Company's aluminum nitride technologies that occupy the top share of the global market.
In the case of the chemical solutions utilized in semiconductors, the IC Chemicals Development Department is making further refinements to its ultrahigh purification technologies, as represented by its unique isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) technologies. The Department is also working to develop next-generation chemicals with new functions that match market needs
Cement Development Dept.
As the central R&D organization of the Cement Business Division, the Cement Development Department carries out basic research together with technology and product development.
To develop cement- and concrete-related techniques, we are exploring various quality assessment technologies and collecting basic data on the composition of concrete. In our resource recycling business, we are studying techniques for utilizing more types of waste matter as materials for cement and fuel for its production while maintaining good quality cement. The department is also actively exploring other usages for waste matter besides cement materials and production fuel, and promoting the development of recycling techniques with a view toward creating new businesses.
In particular, the department is focusing on technical development for recycling waste gypsum board. To this end, it has devised techniques for increasing the size of gypsum crystals through crystallization reactions and launched a new business through a group company, Tokuyama Chiyoda Gypsum Co., Ltd. Focus is also being placed on the development of materials for hardening cement that can be applied in various types of ground improvement methods.
While conditions surrounding the cement industry are becoming increasingly harsh, every effort will be made to fulfill the social mission of developing techniques that help upgrade and expand social capital while contributing to the development of a recycling-based society.
TS & MA ＆NF Dept.
The Life & Amenity Business Division was reorganized into an organization that integrates sales and development for each business segment (TS Dept., MA Dept., NF Dept.), breaking through the existing boundaries of sales and development to respond rapidly to customer requests. The TS Dept. is working for the business field of plastic lens materials. We are developing, producing and selling photochromic dyes, monomers and systems for photochromic eyeglass lenses and hard coat materials. The name of the TS Dept. comes from the trademark of Tokuyama's photochromic materials, Transhade. Not content with staying in its traditional field of eyeglass business, we are now going in a new material development in a field of the electronics, harnessing its accumulated technologies.
Meanwhile, MA Dept. is short for Medical Associated Business Dept. Our business field is medical materials. In recent years, our main research topic has been process development for generic Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs). We are approaching development with the aim of supplying high-quality and low-priced APIs to customers.
Its business field being the air-permeable film utilized for disposable diapers and drying agents, the NF Dept. is working on the development of new grades and the improvement of its manufacturing processes.
System of Responsibility Concerning Management Control of Public Research Expenditures and Prevention of Misconduct
Tokuyama Corporation conducts the proper management and control of public research expenditures based on the system of responsibility set out below.