Apr. 28, 2016
Sumitomo Chemical announced that it has decided to build a new synthesis research building on the premises of its Health & Crop Sciences Research Laboratory (Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan). The new research building will be put into operation in June 2018.
The new synthesis research building will be designed to embrace the strategic concepts as outlined below and will serve as a global research and development base for the Company's Health & Crop Sciences Sector.
Sumitomo Chemical's research and development facilities in this field are currently located in Japan, the U.S., and France. In addition, a new research and development facility is to open during the course of fiscal 2016 in Brazil, the world’s largest plant protection products market. Going forward, the Company will make unabated efforts to further strengthen its global capabilities of research and development so that it can create new active ingredients for plant protection chemicals continually and even more rapidly.
1. Centralizing synthesis research functions to accelerate research and development
Synthesis research functions of plant protection chemical exploratory research and production process studies that have been located in separate locations will be integrated to make product development faster and more efficient.
2. Enhancing a creative research environment to produce unique innovative products
In order to stimulate active communication and promote information sharing among researchers, multi-purpose space and lounges will be provided to create an environment that will be conducive to producing unique innovative products.
3. Providing state-of-the-art facilities central to day-to-day activities of research laboratory
Concentrated in the center of the laboratory premises will be reception functions and multi-purpose meeting space. The new building will be of quake-absorbing structure and equipped with adequate emergency facilities as well as being designed to function as a command center in case of a large-scale disaster.
4. Caring for the environment
The building will be designed with thorough consideration given to the surrounding environment and energy-savings.