Kurita announces that it has decided to establish a new research and development base ("new global technology center") in Akishima-shi, Tokyo in April 2022. The construction will begin in May this year. It is planned to be completed in March 2022. Functions of the Kurita Global Technology Center (Nogi-machi, Shimotsuga-gun, Tochigi), the existing research and development base of Kurita, will be transferred to the new global technology center on March 31, 2022.
Kurita will establish the new base in response to the aging of the existing Kurita Global Technology Center. The project is aimed at building a development environment with state-of-the-art equipment and analytical instruments, so as to accelerate the creation of leading-edge technologies and comprehensive solutions related to "water and the environment." The total construction cost is estimated to be approx. 30.0 billion yen, and Kurita plans to finance the project through a combination of its own funds and debt financing. Kurita will position the new global technology center as the core hub of its global research and development system. The company aims to make the new base a research and development facility that is open to society, where new innovations are created through interactions with customers and various other stakeholders.
Under its corporate philosophy of "Study the properties of water, master them, and we will create an environment in which nature and man are in harmony," the Kurita Group will further improve its technologies, which have been cultivated over many years, and reinforce its research and development infrastructure for next-generation technological innovations, as a technology-driven company. Thus, Kurita will strive to achieve further development as a corporate group that caters to diversifying, increasingly complex needs of customers and society and continues to create new value.