new product development based on a comprehensive R&D system
Nippon Soda concentrates its R&D activities
at two key sites: Odawara Research Center and R&D Laboratory for High-Performance
Materials. These two research facilities along with the Technical Service
Division which closely interacts with the individual production and marketing
areas steer development projects in close collaboration. With this system
the Company pursues the development of new products and technology catering
to market needs.
Odawara Research Center
Research Center with test centers in Haibara-cho (Shizuoka prefecture)
and Bandai-cho (Fukushima prefecture), focuses its research on three core
areas: agro synthesis, biological analysis, and safety. It is engaged
in synthesizing new compounds primarily agrochemicals and enhancing the
physiochemical action and safety of such synthetic products. Adoption
of an original research system that supports the entire R&D cycle,
i.e. from basic research to field research has led to enhanced efficiency
in the development of agrochemicals and in reducing the R&D timecycle.
The Center is also proactively expanding its research efforts in new areas
such as bio-technology and the synthesizing of new pharmaceutical compounds.
R&D Laboratory for High-Performance Materials
Laboratory for High-Performance Materials has been involved in the development
of functional chemicals with the use of its technology on organic synthesis,
polymerization, formulation/evaluation and structural analysis. The laboratorys
research outcome can be found in a wide range of products including specialty
polymers, functional pigments, amenity materials and controlled release
agents. In collaboration with the marketing and technical service divisions,
the Laboratory clearly identifies market needs and strives to promote
practical use of high value-added products.
1999, we opened Florida Laboratory in the United States for the creation
of new agrochemical compounds. As agrochemicals can have varying effects
depending on the land and environment in which they are used, we have
been proactively conducting tests in overseas locations. It was our first
overseas laboratory established for the purpose of introducing foreign
research principles and systems. The Laboratory also conducts joint research
with the University of Florida.