Plan for R&D
Under the medium-term business plan “The TOP 2021,” we plan to invest 71.0 billion in R&D in the 3 years from 2019 through 2021. We will continue to strengthen existing businesses and give priority to establishment of pipelines to create new businesses.
1.Establishment of pipelines to create new businesses
To set up pipelines to create new businesses, we will invest our R&D resources intensively in ten notable technical fields corresponding to seven business domains.
To support this R&D investment program, we will make the best use of 1) technical research activities including technical marketing, which is to investigate trends in advanced technologies and help researchers to set new R&D themes, 2) inter-business cooperation in which several divisions cooperate to collect knowledge and suggest solutions to produce target products, and 3) an in-house campaign to collect ideas from employees. In addition, we will positively make effective use of open innovation and M&As, aiming to search for R&D themes by introducing technologies from outside entities.
2. Expanding the role of the Institute for Integrated Product Development
The institute for Integrated Product Development (IIPD) has been developing new products through the fusion of technologies in the fields of organics, polymers, aluminum, and inorganics, and has successfully developed many products. On the other hand, we have made so much progress in R&D themes pursued by the Institute for Advanced and Core Technology (IACT), and now we can expect to obtain results. Therefore, we have decided to have IIPD take over those R&D themes pursued by IACT, and continue to strengthen existing businesses. As a result of this change, IIPD can now additionally fuse technologies for batteries, carbon and thin film, and will aim to strengthen their R&D capability further. Moreover, we have integrated operation of the Analysis & Physical Properties Center and Computational Science and Technology Information Center into that of IIPD, aiming to accelerate our R&D processes and obtain results more swiftly.
The Advanced Technology Laboratory, which was newly organized in January 2019 under a mission to research next-generation R&D themes and state-of-the-art technologies, will research R&D themes from the perspective of SDGs and ELSI (ethics, legal and social issues).
3. New complex Stage for Fusion
New complex Stage for Fusion
To realize the concept of The TOP 2021, we establish a complex Stage for Fusion, which will accelerate deepening, fusion, and introduction of technologies inside and outside the Company. At Stage for Fusion, we will 1) search for products and technologies that will become important for society in the future and pursue ways to put them into practical use, 2) improve technologies related to electronics materials and contribute to the realization of Society 5.0*, and 3) create methods to accelerate development of materials by making effective use of AI (artificial intelligence). In this way, we will conduct R&D programs to develop integrated products with the assistance of analytical technologies and computational science, thereby creating new value.
*Society 5.0 was proposed by the Japanese Government in the 5th Science and Technology Basic Plan as a future society that Japan should aspire to. It follows the hunting society (Society 1.0), agricultural society (Society 2.0), industrial society (Society 3.0), and information society (Society 4.0).