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Research & Development Policies

Our core technologies are organic synthesis technology, cellulose chemistry, polymer chemistry, and Pyrotechnic Technology.
We are employing these technologies to create significant value and offer optimal solutions across a variety of industries such as new materials, electronic materials, functional films, energy, the environment, and medicine and healthcare while focusing our research and development on the betterment of society. Each internal company in the Daicel Group maintains its own planning, research, and development departments and undertakes R&D according to its own business strategies.

Our Corporate Research Department is promoting research and development activities with the following missions:
(1) Creation of innovative businesses
(2) Contribution to development of existing businesses
(3) Determination and acquisition of strategic technologies
(4) Maintenance and enhancement of elemental and core technologies common to all Group companies, such as analysis, measurement of physical properties, evaluation of functions and chemical safety assessment

Creation of innovative businesses

Under our Grand Vision 2020, we are committed to developing "eco-friendly and people-friendly solutions businesses." Therefore, our Corporate Research Department is taking the initiative in determining the essential needs of our customers and markets and developing technologies that enable us to provide targeted products with functions that satisfy these needs. To date, we have developed and accumulated a variety of technologies; however, in order to meet the increasingly diverse needs of a global economy, we will remain committed to developing and obtaining innovative technologies.
Our first step toward the search for innovative businesses for the next generation is to determine the latent needs of our customers and markets and to develop the seeds of technical innovations. Next, we use this information and developments to improve our businesses, products, and technologies to meet the needs of our customers and major markets. Because our customers are the originators of market demand, our researchers are focused on obtaining all necessary data directly from our customers. We then analyze and pore over the data we obtain in order to develop the features and functions that we believe will meet the needs of our customers. We then test-market these products with the assistance of customers in order to solicit their opinions and requirements for further study and development. By repeating this cycle, we are able to develop products and technologies precisely focused on meeting real customer needs, thus offering our customers optimized solutions.
Searching for innovative businesses and technologies for the next generation
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Contribution to development of existing businesses

Daicel and the companies of the Daicel Group are developing businesses in a variety of sectors. While assuming the basic role of information sharing, our Corporate Research Department proactively promotes collaborations among departments with its cross-departmental function. To address development issues that cannot be solved by a single department alone, we are accelerating development activities by forming cross-departmental projects or task force teams.
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Determination and acquisition of strategic technologies

Creation and establishment of new businesses require clarifying technologies to be strategically enhanced and acquired, as well as steadily advancing enhancement, expansion and acquisition of new technologies. Our Corporate Research Department aims to build a new technology platform by carefully connecting needs and seeds.
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Maintenance and enhancement of elemental and core technologies common to all Group companies

One of our important missions is to provide support in analysis, measurement of physical properties, evaluation of functions, simulations and other tasks at the development stage. This internal business support system ensures a level of speed and accuracy that could not be matched if these business support tasks were outsourced to an external organization. With this business support system, we are seeking to upgrade our technologies rapidly and provide solutions for our customers and major markets.