Research & Development
Research and development (R&D) is the cornerstone of the Teijin Group of companies.
Overall, the Teijin Group of Companies has 13 R&D centers with 22 individual facilities employing approximately 1,500 people. The focus of these R&D centers and facilities ranges from materials, fibers, films and plastics to health care, information technology and electronics.
Customers of Teijin Kasei America benefit from the research and development performed by Teijin Chemicals Ltd. in its three R&D centers in Chiba, Matsuyama and Mihara, Japan.
The plastics-related research performed by Teijin Chemicals encompasses materials as well as new applications, manufacturing processes and techniques and reducing related costs. For example, in 2003, Teijin Chemicals added a new building at its Technical Support Center in Chiba that houses a specially developed Meiki 3,400-ton (3,748 US tons) injection-compression molding machine for molding thin-wall parts up to 71 inches x 71 inches. This new building will support product development for large-scale, thin-wall Polycarbonate parts such as parts that would be used in an all-Polycarbonate car concept, LCD-related optical sheet and film applications, etc. It will also be used to help expand Teijin Chemicals expertise and advanced capabilities in PC materials, molding, tooling and surfacing technologies.
Many of Teijin Chemicals pioneering developments in the use of Panlite® Polycarbonate in the optical disc market were made at the company’s Matsuyama R&D facility, and work continues there today on the next generations of disc technology. The Mihara facility focuses on enhancing the safety features of resin products (e.g., flame retardant properties) and R&D related to products that improve agricultural productivity (e.g. fumigants).
Teijin Kasei America, through the extensive R&D capabilities of Teijin Chemicals, is positioned to assist North American processors in their Polycarbonate and PC alloy applications development work with everything from grade selection and processing improvements to the development of emerging applications.
Please refer R&D inquiries to Teijin Kasei America at (770) 346-8949 or via email.