The Mitsubishi Materials Group aims to contribute to people, society and the Earth through application of its unique technologies. We aim to create products and technologies that distinguish our Group and enable us to win out in the global materials market, as well as propelling us forward to become a leading corporate group.
Our headquarters Technology Development Department and the Central Research Institute form the hub for development activities, which interact closely with our business departments.
Our fundamental policy for technological development is to accurately identify customer needs and future technology trends, and develop and supply distinguishing products and technologies in a timely manner.
We maintain close ties with our Business Strategy Department and individual businesses' marketing departments, conduct technology exchanges with customers and participate in trade shows as part of our proactive developmental marketing activities. To remain a development leader even as times change, we recognize the importance of interacting directly with customers.
In addition, to provide new proposals that accurately meet customers' needs, we are pursuing the “Materials Premium,” meaning the generation of special synergies as an integrated business entity from the Mitsubishi Materials Group's collective materials, processing and recycling technologies, as well as the people in charge of them.
In the short term, we aim to become the leader and stand out in each of our businesses by generating unique new products and technologies in a timely manner. Over the medium term, we will address next-generation needs in our fields of focus: automotive, electronics, energy, and the environment and recycling, developing new businesses into core operations. Long-term, we will take on new R&D challenges to boldly develop promising future technologies.
Even though we are uncertain about how the business environment will look five years in the future, we are working on our capability to offer new choices that will lead to future developments in various fields of business. To this end, we have launched ‘Materials Premium 2016,’ a medium-term management plan and are reinforcing new business development.
Flexible and less than 100µm in thickness, we have developed the world's thinnest flexible thermistor sensors (sensors used in temperature detection). Thermistor sensors are used in smartphones, personal computers and other electronic devices, as well as air conditioners, other home electronics and automobiles. In recent years, demand has grown for sensors that are more compact and thinner and that respond more swiftly to temperature changes. In the past, making thermistors that satisfy all these demands, as well as being flexible, has been problematic. The new thermistors should find application in mobile devices, where spaces are tight, as well as on curved surfaces.
In 1917, Mitsubishi Goshi Kaisha established the predecessor to today's Central Research Institute. Named the Mining Research Institute, this was Japan's first civilian research institute.
In 1939, the institute relocated to the city of Omiya, Saitama Prefecture. One of Japan's most preeminent research institutions for nearly a century, the Central Research Institute has engaged in research and development centered on materials and processes. Fields of application are diverse, including resources, energy, raw materials, basic materials, new materials, various types of products and even recycling. The institute generates synergies by making connections among these genres.
In 2001, we commemorated the dawning of a new century by constructing a new research wing in the city of Naka, Ibaraki Prefecture, and began a transition process that was completed in 2007. This year marked the relaunch of the Central Research Institute, operating branches in three regions: Onahama, Kitamoto and Omiya.
|1917||Established in Shinagawa, Tokyo, as the Mining Research Institute|
|1939||Relocated to the city of Omiya, Saitama Prefecture (now Omiya-ku, Saitama)|
|1964||Expanded fields of research, changed name to Central Research Institute|
|1967||Visited by the Showa Emperor and Empress|
|1995||Conducted organizational restructuring, changed name to the Sogo Kenkyujo|
|2001||Established the Omiya Research Center and the Naka Research Center within the Sogo Kenkyujo|
|2007||Conducted organizational restructuring, changed name to the Central Research Institute|