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R&D Policy

Toyobo seeks to become "The category leader, continuing to create new value that contributes to society in the environment, healthcare, and high-function products fields."

Controlling Supervisor of Intellectual Property Department, and Corporate R&D Administration Department, and Research Center, Yasuo Ohta

Yasuo Ohta
Controlling Supervisor of Intellectual Property Department, and Corporate R&D Administration Department, and Research Center

Toyobo's business activities are supported by its core technologies. These are (1) polymerization, modification, and processing for polymers, which were accumulated from the development of synthetic fiber, and (2) biotechnologies, which were developed through the research of treating waste water from plants processing pulp with yeast fermentation technology. Making use of these technologies, Toyobo has been able to provide the world with high-function products that include high-transparency polyester optical films, high performance fibers, hollow fiber membranes for artificial kidneys, and enzymes for use in clinical trial reagents. These products have made major contributions to the expansion of Toyobo's business activities.

Aiming for further growth, Toyobo has prepared action plans for expanding new product development and creating new businesses. To combine and increase the sophistication of its core technologies, Toyobo is enhancing open innovation with other companies in Japan and overseas, universities, as well as research institutes and is taking initiatives to rapidly develop next-generation technologies. The objective of Toyobo's R&D activities is to gain a position of advantage in growth markets and create new products.

Examples of Products Developed by Toyobo R&D

Environment
Volanseal®: High water absorbent mat with radioactive cesium absorbency
Volanseal®: High water absorbent mat with radioactive cesium absorbency
Healthcare
Nerbridge®: A nerve bridging device
Nerbridge®: A nerve bridging device
High-Function Products
XENOMAX®: Polymide film with high heat resistance and excellent thermal dimensional stability
XENOMAX®: Polymide film with high heat resistance and excellent thermal dimensional stability
High-Function Products
COSMOSHINE SRF®: Super retardation film
COSMOSHINE SRF®: Super retardation film

Looking to the future, with its slogan of "Ideas & Chemistry," Toyobo, as "the category leader, continuing to create new value that contributes to society in the environment, healthcare, and high-function product fields," will continue to be a strong company that is both growing and stable, and aims to contribute globally through its specialty businesses.

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