Tsukuba Research Center

The Tsukuba Research Center were established in April 1994 on a site purchased from Ibaraki Prefecture, which had previously been used for the World Science Exposition. This facility is Kuraray's response to the greater demands for high-level research and development that have resulted from the expansion of the Group's business domains. Located near our Tokyo, Niigata, and Kashima plants, the Tsukuba Research Center are our research and development base in eastern Japan. Operations are vertically integrated from the synthesis of various polymers, chiefly acrylic and isoprene polymers, to polymer molding and customer relations.

The Optical Device R&D Center was established in 2003 in answer to the dramatic growth in the optical technology markets. The center is engaged in the development of products that meet market needs exactly and quickly, based on polymer materials technology and high-precision processing technology.

These two organizations are located on the same site, which facilitates the exchange of information and cooperative research and development. Further, as researchers have direct connections in domestic and overseas markets, these research facilities display a high market sensitivity.

Making use of their location in Tsukuba's so-called "Academic Newtown," these organizations ensure that the latest high-level information is incorporated into their research and development through information-gathering and joint operations with various research institutions.

Tsukuba Research Center

There are two research and development groups within the Tsukuba Research Center: Polymer Materials and Polymer Processing. The Polymer Materials Research and Development Group is engaged in research into the synthesis of speciality polymers such as acrylic and isoprene polymers, based on new polymerization technologies, as well as the development of sophisticated, high-performance plastics and elastomers. The Polymer Processing Research and Development Group is developing new molding materials, primarily acrylic resins, thermoplastic elastomers, and polyamide resins, based on ABC (alloys, blends, and composites) technology. This group is also performing research and development of extrusion molding, injection molding, and other new technologies, and the development of processed products based on these technologies. Finally, the group offers technical services, including the joint development of applications with users.