MGC has three research laboratories that directly report to the company. Each plant has its own Research & Development Department that deals with improvements in production technologies and applied product research.
Company Research is focused on enhancing business segments in which companies have competitive advantages, and the development of new products based on existing products and technologies. This research is conducted primarily by the research and development divisions of each company.
The New Business Development Department conducts research and development with the aim of creating new core business in areas with medium- and long-term promise.
Research & Development Division
The Research & Development Division consists of the Research & Development Group, the Intellectual Property Group, and MGC Analysis Center. The Research & Development Group handles research and development for the entire group, and the Intellectual Property Group provides support for research and development activities related to intellectual property. MGC Analysis Center 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 864 (consolidated, approximately 10% of all employees), and in 2016, the R&D costs account for around 4% of sales.
R&D expenditures (consolidated)
(Unit: Billion yen)
|Rate of R&D expenditures in sales (%)||3.0||3.2||3.2||3.5||3.0|
* as of April 2018