DSM opened its first application development technical center for engineering plastics in Japan at the end of March Yokohama Business Park in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The launch of the DSM Engineering Plastics Japan Technical Center is in line with DSM's strategy to support and grow business not only with customers in Japan but also with overseas Japanese transplants, for which material specifications are determined in Japan.
DSM recognizes the importance of developing new innovative and more sustainable applications together with its customers in Japan. Having the new technical center, DSM can provide fast and specific test data for its products, and can collaborate more closely with existing and new customers.
In establishing the center, DSM Japan Engineering Plastics K.K. received subsidies from the "Subsidy Program for Projects Promoting Asian Site Location in Japan" from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) Japan and from the "Targeted Industry Programs" of Yokohama City.
The main role of the center is developing highly functional engineering plastics used in automotive, electrical and electronics, and flexible food packaging industries. Hiroshi Yoshida, Managing Director DSM Japan Engineering Plastics says; "We cover all the engineering plastic product lines of DSM, such as Stanyl, Stanyl ForTii, EcoPaXX, Akulon, Arnitel, Arnite and Novamid. DSM acquired the Novamid portfolio from Mitsubishi Chemicals through the business swap agreement in 2010".
The center possesses a wide variety of equipment for material and application testing including injection molding, physical property testing and thermal and chemical analysis in order for DSM to conduct integrated application development in Japan in close cooperation with its customers. Rein Borggreve, Global Research and Technology Director of DSM Engineering Plastics, explains: "With this new technical center in Japan, DSM now has five technical centers for engineering plastics around the globe. The other centers are located in Europe, USA, China and India."