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Research and Development Organization

MGC has three research laboratories that directly report to R&D promotion Division.
Each plant has its own R&D Department, etc.

The main purpose of each the Research Laboratory is to enhance competitive businesses, develop new products based on existing products and technologies, and conduct R&D aimed at creating new core businesses in areas with medium- and long-term promise.
The R&D Department of each Plant deals with improvements in production technologies and applied product research.

The R&D Administration Department handles R&D for the entire group, and the Intellectual Property Department provides support for research and development activities related to intellectual property.
The Chemicals Analysis Department offers company-wide analysis and safety testing services.

Research and Development Data

In order for MGC to continue to develop as a highly differentiated, widely recognized chemicals group operating from a strong platform of proprietary technology, we make a strong effort in research and development. The number of employees engaged in R&D activities total 891 (consolidated, approximately 11% of all employees), and in 2018, the R&D costs account for around 3% of sales.

R&D expenditures (consolidated)

(Unit: Billion yen)

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Sales 534.4 529.5 593.5 556.4 635.9 648.9
R&D expenditures 16.1 16.8 18.9 19.2 18.9 18.6
Rate of R&D expenditures in sales (%) 3.0 3.2 3.2 3.5 3.0 2.9

Results of R&D expenditures (consolidated)