Intellectual Property

Research & Development (R&D)

Initiatives for Material Issues

In its Medium-term Management Plan, Idemitsu has outlined expansion of growth businesses, creation of next-generation businesses, and harmony with the global environment and society as priority topics. To promote the creation of new business in particular, we established the Next Generation Business Department, which promotes business development that addresses social issues and meets customer needs, in November 2019; the Digital Innovation Department, which promotes the use of digital technologies, in January 2020; and the Innovation Strategy Planning Department, which promotes technology-driven business development, in April 2020. We have crafted strategies that consolidate company-wide technologies and actively draw on external technologies with the aim of quickly achieving the creation of new businesses with an eye toward changes in society, diversifying customer needs, and decreasing environmental burden. Technological innovation is indispensable to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, which is an international framework related to climate change. The Idemitsu Group is using the technological development capabilities it has developed over many years of operations to continue generating innovation that will help solve various social issues, including climate change.

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R&D Structure

Our R&D system is composed of Advanced Technology Research Laboratories, which responsible for corporate R&D, and research laboratories in each department. Each of them carries out specialized development. In addition, we established the Research & Development Committee as a company-wide organization to not only examine the direction of research and development, strategies, and issues throughout the organization, but also to deepen cooperation among laboratories and to strengthen technological capabilities.

Research field Name of laboratory Japan Over
Outline of Initiatives
Environment & Energy Research Laboratory   Development of technologies to reduce GHGs and recycle resources (biofuels, bio-chemicals, and CO2 recycling) and bio-materials
Frontier Materials Development Laboratory   Development of advanced functional materials
Advanced Battery Materials Research Laboratory   Development of advanced battery materials related to all-solid-state lithium ion battery and lithium recovery technology
Thin Film Device Laboratory   Development of high-performance inorganic thin-film semiconductors and devices
Analytical Technology Center   Providing advanced analysis and solutions to a wide range of fields throughout the Group
Idemitsu Kosan Collaborative Research
Cluster for Advanced Materials
  Creating next-generation materials, enhancement and expansion of technologies
Technology & Engineering Center   Technology development in the area of engineering design, construction, operation, quality control & assurance, and asset integrity & reliability Technology-driven contribution to existing and new businesses
Lubricants Lubricants Research Laboratory   Research and development of lubricants and tribology (lubrication technology
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation R&D Center   Local-based research and development of lubricants
Global development of lubricants products and technologies with the Lubricants Research Laboratory
(Japan) as the mother research center Rapid product development and provision of technical services to meet local needs overseas
Idemitsu Lubricants America Corporation R&D Center  
Idemitsu Lube Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. R&D Center  
NIPPON GREASE Co., Ltd. Technical Research Laboratory   Research and development of grease, rust prevention oil, cutting oil, etc.
Advanced materials & performance chemicals Performance Materials Laboratories   Development of advanced materials through high-value-added petrochemical raw materials
Research and development of special polycarbonate resins and functional coatings
Idemitsu Unitech Co., Ltd. R&D Center for Plastic Products   Research and development of molded plastic products
Composite Materials Research Laboratory
  Design, development, and analysis of customer grades of composite materials that meet customer
Electronic materials Electronic Materials Development Center   Research and development of OLED materials
Idemitsu OLED Materials Europe AG  
Inorganic Electronic Materials Development Group   Research and development of oxide semiconductor materials
Bitumen Technology Section   Basic and applied research on asphalt and its applications Development of high performance asphalt
Agri-bio Agri-Bio Technology Section   Development of active ingredients for pesticides and feed additives derived from microorganisms and natural products
SDS Biotech K.K. Tsukuba Research & Technology Center   Development of safe and useful products for the protection of livestock and plants and prevention of iseases
Lithium-ion battery materials Battery Material Development Center   Development of sulfide-based solid electrolytes for practical application in all-solid-state lithium ion batteries
Photovoltaic power
Advanced Product Development Section   Research and development aimed at enhancing the performance and reducing the cost of existing CIS solar cell products as well as developing next-generation products Research and development aimed at commercializing the recycling of solar panels, including silicon-based panels
siliSolar Frontier K.K. Kunitomi Plant  
Coal and the environment Coal & Environment Research Laboratory   The only private research institute specializing in coal Provision of technology services that anticipate needs and development of clean coal technologies to meet the needs of a low-carbon society
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External Evaluation of Our Group's Technologies

Our technologies are highly appreciated by the international community. As an example, Idemitsu and Showa Shell have been ranked 1st and 3rd respectively in the world among the industry subgroups* for three consecutive years since 2017 in the "Opportunities in Clean Tech," which is one of the items evaluated by MSCI, an ESG evaluation organization. (Table below)

We will continue to make the most of its advanced R&D capabilities to contribute to the solution of global issues through collaboration with others.

  • * Within GICS (Global Industry Classification Standard), Idemitsu Group belongs to the Oil & Gas Refining and Marketing industry subgroup.
Ranking of companies in the sector of MSCI’s "Opportunities in Clean Tech"
Ranking 2019 2018 2017
1 Idemitsu Idemitsu Idemitsu
2 Company A Company A Company A
3 Showa Shell Showa Shell Showa Shell
4 Company B Company B Company B
5 Company C Company C Company C
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