April 12, 2006
Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. (President: Shigetaka Komori, hereinafter referred to as "Fujifilm") has announced that it has opened the FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories to serve as the core R&D facility for the Fujifilm Group.
Fujifilm aspires to contribute to society in culture, science and technology, industry, health, and environmental preservation by developing original advanced technology and providing products and services that embody its advanced concepts of customer value. In conducting cross sectional fundamental research and developing core technologies that are the foundation of new business and products, the Fujifilm Advanced Research Laboratories will serve as an engine powerfully propelling the creation of new value to customers.
The new research center brings under one roof engineers specializing in fields from chemistry and physics to optics, electronics, and software. Their areas of concentration represent a broad spectrum, including organic synthesis; thin multi-layer coating; precision micromachining; lens design; lasers; image processing, which are all cultivated through the development and manufacture of silver halide film and digital minilabs. Guided by the concept of "Intellectual Fusion, Innovation, and Value Creation," Fujifilm will dynamically cross-fertilize the knowledge and methods of disparate fields to create unique, innovative technologies by strengthening collaboration with Fujifilm group companies such as Fuji Xerox and Fujinon, and actively promote alliances with other companies as well as industrial-academic collaborations.
The new center comprises three different research laboratories and multiple project teams. The two corporate laboratories, the Advanced Core Technology Laboratories, which will pursue the original future technologies, and the Organic Synthesis Chemistry Research Laboratories, which furthers research on the company's core technologies related to organic materials, will integrate their respective technologies on a project basis. Fujifilm will strive to develop technologies that will secure an overwhelming lead in highly functional materials, devices, and systems. To bolster and expand its future key business field of medical technologies, Fujifilm located its Life Science Research Laboratories within the new research center. By fusing market needs with the technological seeds of the advanced materials and devices developed by the two corporate laboratories, Fujifilm will create groundbreaking innovative products with significant added value.
Throughout the new research center, design elements suggested by the researchers themselves embody the concept of "Intellectual Fusion, Innovation and Value Creation." These include the "Open-plan Space" designed to bring together researchers from disparate fields across organizational barriers and encourage the exchange of innovative ideas as well as the "Open Laboratory," which enables researchers to swiftly launch joint experiments with external partners. By including various design concepts created by the researchers themselves in the laboratory, Fujifilm intends to develop an outstandingly innovative research group aiming at market creation from the perspective of customer value. Viewing the present as the period of its "second foundation" and uniting all corporate elements in the pursuit of structural reform, Fujifilm will further the new long-term growth strategy of "Creating New Businesses" through robust investment in growing business fields, M&A, and its new research center.
Profile of FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories
Location: 577-1 Ushijima, Kaisei Town, Ashigarakami-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture, 258-8577
English name: FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories (FF ARL)
Total area: roughly 56,000m2 (excluding energy supply building)
Initial number of employees: approximately 600
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