Working with Industry, Government, and Academia

Promoting Cooperation with Industry

In areas where the Group encountered difficulties in providing solutions on its own, Mitsui Chemicals has sought actively to team up with external partners. In addition to providing solutions in a timely manner, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is endeavoring to develop new businesses and products through open innovation.

Initiatives Aimed at Development Integrated Metal/Resin Parts

Since concluding a comprehensive licensing agreement with Taiseiplas Co., Ltd. in 2012, the Mitsui Chemicals Group has worked diligently to develop POLYMETAC™, a technology that facilitates the strong adhesion and bonding of various metals and resins that was not possible using conventional methods.
Mitsui Chemicals began providing Aerosense Inc. with its hybrid product of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum joint parts made using its POLYMETAC™ technology as a core component in the manufacture of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles in fiscal 2015. With this initiative, the Company has helped to simplify the production process. At the same time, Mitsui Chemicals has allowed Aerosense to provide greater flight distances and improved performance by reducing weight and the number of parts.

A new autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle manufactured by Aerosense

A hybrid product of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and aluminum joint parts made using POLYMETAC™ technology

Diagnostics and Consulting Business for Photovoltaic Power Generation

The Mitsui Chemicals Group looked to nurture a diagnostics and consulting business for photovoltaic power generation and commenced operations from 2014 after concluding exclusive rights and licensing agreement with PI Potovoltaik-Institut Berlin AG.
In addition to supplying important photovoltaic materials, which include encapsulant sheets for solar panels, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is a provider of analysis and testing services for photovoltaic materials and panels. Moreover, the Group is also an operator of one of Japan’s largest photovoltaic and wind power plants in Tahara City, Aichi Prefecture. Drawing on its wealth of specialized technologies and expertise as well as its proven track record and reputation for reliability in photovoltaic power generation, coupled with solar panel testing and verification technologies of PI Potovoltaik-Institut Berlin, the Mitsui Chemicals Group is well placed to develop and pursue business opportunities. Looking ahead, the Group will work diligently to promote the use of natural energy in Japan through this business.