The New Business Division distributes the new technologies and products developed by the Technical Research Laboratory and provides user support for them in pursuit of developing new markets. Currently, it is focusing its efforts on the promotional activities and sales of "thermoplastic starch pellets, sheets and molded articles" as well as "highly-functional films" developed under the themes of "environmental friendliness" and "energy conservation".
The thermoplastic starch products were developed jointly with Yamagata University and the Industrial Technology Institute, Miyagi Prefectural Government. The molding processability of these products is as high as that of commodity plastics, and the environmental load (CO2) caused during their manufacture and disposal has also been greatly reduced. The thermoplastic starch products is proposing for many fields as a new material that will create the future of plastic-related materials.
Highly-functional films were developed based on the manufacturing technology of solar-cell module backsheets and are sold as mold release films for semiconductor and LED packages. The extremely high mold releasability and die followability of the products are highly acclaimed by the users.
In addition to the expansion of the sales of developed products, the New Business Division also aims to perform future-oriented business operations by relaying requests from the market and users to the Technical Research Laboratory to promote product improvement and new theme development.
Our Technical Research Laboratory responds to areas beyond the scope of our existing businesses, and conducts research and development of new original products. Our technical staff are engaged in the whole process from surveys of customers’ needs and technological trends to research & development and after-sales service in an integrated manner.
Based on our core compounding and molding processing technologies, we are working on the development of leading-edge technologies and products which do not reduce multipurpose functions and convenience of plastics, while demonstrating superior environmental performance. We are also striving to handle difficult themes energetically in collaboration with the New Business Division. The mission of our Technical Research Laboratory is not to conduct research for the purpose of research itself, but to indentify demands of the world and customers, and at the same time, figure out an effective production method and produce products speedy, utilizing the networks we have developed until today.
The Technical Research Laboratory is also working on the improvements of our existing technologies, education of personnel, and technological support of other divisions as a research and development institute.