A Message from the General Manager of the R&D Management Unit
Our efforts to expand our technology platform are based on specific aims and targets.
Our Current Technology Platform
Since its establishment, DIC has sought to simultaneously expand both the operations and technology platform of the DIC Group. Today, our basic technologies are defined as those in the areas of organic molecular design, polymer design, dispersion, optics and color, and applicability assessment.
The Importance of Platform Expansion
To date, the DIC Group has provided distinctive value by adding depth to basic technologies in these five areas and combining them to develop a wide range of products. However, given the diversification of social imperatives and the growing complexity of challenges facing the chemicals industry over the past decade, it became clear that we would find it problematic to address crucial issues going forward with only the technologies we have cultivated in these areas. In light of evolving circumstances, several years ago we began exploring various new technical themes with the objective of securing new basic technologies, as a result of which we sharpened our focus to biotechnology, inorganic materials, and computational science, e.g., AI and MI.
What We Hope to Accomplish
To provide new value in response to social imperatives such as the need to achieve carbon neutrality and realize a society that is both recyclingoriented and digital, we recognize that it is essential to add depth to new technologies in the areas of biomaterials, inorganic materials and computational science and transform them into DIC Group basic technologies, thereby further expanding our technology platform. This will make it possible for us to provide, for example, new biomaterials that do not depend on petrochemicals and highly functional materials that could not be achieved using conventional organic raw materials or polymers. In computational science, AI, MI and simulation technologies will enable us to realize advanced materials design and accelerated development. I am confident that our rich lineup of basic technologies will be a major competitive advantage for the DIC Group.