Communication Is Our Start Line
True to our goal of leveraging science to "make your dreams happen" we at the Kaneka Group have strived to fulfill people's dreams through our diverse range of businesses.
In the process, we highly value communication with all our stakeholders.
Through proactive discussions, we draw out people's desires and needs to provide them with new values.
In this article, we present some of our achievements along with the initiatives to make them possible.
Dream 1: Accelerate R&D to Enable Practical Use of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy!
Centers Integrating R&D Divisions
In November 2015, Kaneka Group set up R&D centers for regenerative medicine and cell therapy in the Kobe MI R&D Center and Kobe International Business Center. Both centers are now fully operational, and the previously scattered R&D divisions have been integrated to allow us to conduct work all the way from basic research to commercialization.
Takayuki Miyamoto (right)
Tomohisa Kato (left)
(at that time)
Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Project
Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Project
At the R&D centers, we focus our work on cell preparation for disease treatment, drug discovery technologies using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, and devices for cell separation and cell culture. Situated at the hub of regenerative medicine and cell therapy, we aim to contribute to healthcare and medicine in the future by developing technologies in collaboration with RIKEN and other related medical institutions.
"Directly overseen by Kaneka's president, the Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy Project was launched in April 2016 to further speed up our activities. Kaneka has a wealth of knowledge cultivated from our business in pharmaceuticals and medical devices. We will continue our efforts to help advance regenerative medicine by developing and applying our life science technologies."
Kobe Molecular Imaging R&D Center, the hub of regenerative medicine and cell therapy
Programmable closed circuit cell culture system, for simple and safe cell culture
Dream 2: Is it Possible to Further Reduce CO2 Emissions from Homes for the Global Environment?
Materials for the Net Zero Energy House
To reduce CO2 emissions from homes, the Japanese government is promoting the net zero energy house (ZEH), with a vision to make it the standard for newly built houses by 2020. Kaneka manufactures and sells diverse materials that are necessary for ZEHs.
Administration of J-Project
Corporate Planning Department
Our ZEH Solution as a Measure to Address Climate Change
Kaneka manufactures and sells materials necessary for ZEHs, such as thermal insulators and photovoltaic modules, as well as organic EL lighting. We also offer the Solar Circuit construction method, which has superior environmental performance, and in fiscal 2016, we began selling storage batteries for residential use. We also launched the cross-divisional J-Project in 2015, and actively develop Group-wide solutions.
"ZEH design entails expertise and complicated documentation, which is why it is not making headway in the housing industry. Kaneka began offering specific ZEH solutions for the housing industry. We believe that our efforts to help build more ZEHs will lead to less CO2 emissions, which will benefit society."
Exhibit at the Eco House and Eco Building Expo, March 2016
Kaneka products utilized in ZEH
Dream 3: Do You Have any Effective Fertilizers for Agricultural Produce?
Development of a New High-Performance Fertilizer
KANEKA PEPTIDE is a new high-performance fertilizer that integrates various Kaneka technologies. With the anticipated food shortage from the growing global population, Kaneka Group has set food production support as one of its key strategic domains.
Food Production Support Group
New Business Development Division
Testing KANEKA PEPTIDE Around the World in All Kinds of Climates, Crops and Soils
A KANEKA PEPTIDE pilot study conducted in Hebei Province, China enabled many farmers to experience its effectiveness first-hand. Conventional chemical fertilizers require application by the ton, while overuse degrades the soil. In contrast, environmentally conscious KANEKA PEPTIDE does not leave unnecessary residue in the soil.
"In China, we are promoting its use with the recognition and support of the relevant government authorities in charge of fertilizer registration. KANEKA PEPTIDE's success will not only bring higher income to farmers, it will also mean more food supply to communities experiencing food shortages. Promoting its use with confidence, I also hope to contribute to the development of my home country, China."
KANEKA PEPTIDE, a high-performance fertilizer containing yeast-derived oxidized glutathione
Responding to farmers expectations by integrating our technologies
Dream 4: We Want to Support Women to Explore Their Future with a Smile!
Beauty, Health and Independence to Women in Africa
Kaneka Group has been operating the Kanekalon wig business in the African market for more than 30 years. We have achieved a high brand value by providing safe beauty products in partnership with wig manufacturers, beauty salons and female consumers.
Hiroshi Seko (right)
Charlotte Kumi (left)
Kaneka Africa Liaison Office
Providing High Value to Our Stakeholders in Beauty Product Market
In the African market where flammable, cheap and inferior wig products are sold, Kaneka Group has been providing safe beauty products while strengthening relationships with wig manufacturers, local beauty salons and female consumers. Ms. Grace Amey-Obeng (photo center), president of the Professional Cosmetologists and Beauticians Association of Ghana, is involved with evaluation of our products.
"Kanekalon's ideal is to provide safe and high-quality beauty to women. Collaborating with associations of beauty salons, as well as our direct customers such as wig makers, we stay abreast of market needs and find difficulties that even consumers do not realize from our perspective as a maker. Our goal is to serve Africa by developing higher quality products."
Kaneka Africa Liaison Office established in Ghana to meet local needs
Earning strong brand recognition from local wig stores