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Intellectual assets management
President and CEO
Minoru Adachi
Human and technical intellectual assets for exploration into future

  Not only do we have total technological expertise, including composite material development and manufacturing, precision molding, micromachining and assembly technologies, and analysis and measurement techniques, but we also combine these key technologies to develop completely new technologies. Function-adding device manufacturing and machining techniques, which involve minute machining, can be applied to macro- to micro- and nano-scale ranges of products. We are going to use these key technologies to expand into the field of nanotechnology to serve all industrial sectors including electronics, biotechnology, medicine, optical technology, energy, etc.
  With such a comprehensive technical portfolio, we have a wide product lineup, ranging from stable profit-making products to products for industrial sectors expected to grow in future. For example, molded insulation materials manufactured of Epohard, our long-selling insulation material developed in 1969, or DVC DRAM bases manufactured of Epocluster, our composite precision molding material, boast top domestic shares, providing us stable sources of profit.
  Meanwhile, the resin-made Pulse Injector, developed using combinations of our technologies, has great potential for various nanotech applications. The Pulse Injector allows flexible manipulation and arrangement of different substances, from bioparticles used as biomaterials, such as DNA, protein, fungi, bacteria, etc., to metals, ceramics, and organic polymers, onto a wide variety of substrates.
  What is behind these technologies is that we place importance on intellectual assets. Our intellectual assets include not only our existing technologies and patents, but also human assets ranging from our employees, consultants, and advisory board consisting of specialists invited from outside. To put it simply, our growth model is to use the collective intellectual power of our human resources for integrating several different technologies to produce our original intellectual assets.
  Employees will make great achievements, once they come to love their jobs and company and know what their functions and missions are. Recently we have attracted the attention of the government as a role model for Japanese companies. That is because we clearly and fundamentally understand what an enterprise should be and what functions it should perform and because the entire workforce, from the president and executives down to rank-and-file employees, share the same goal. We believe that such a cluster of people form intellectual assets, which by turn generate other intellectual assets in the form of technologies.

Toward the Creation of an Intellectual Cluster Community with Us at the Center

  Nanotechnology can be divided into top-down and bottom-up technologies. The former are technologies used for manufacturing, for example, micro dies in dimensions in the order of an nth of the thickness of a hair. These are like machining and progressively reducing the sizes of blocks. The latter are technologies used to manufacture parts by arranging nanomaterials flexibly and precisely on specified positions on microstructures. We would like to take both top-down and bottom-up approaches to the utilization of function-adding device manufacturing and machining technologies in order to change the entire Japanese industrial landscape.
  We are one of the few enterprises that possess and can use both such top-down and bottom-up technologies. Flexible control of nanomaterials will allow cross-industrial manufacturing, involving different industrial circles such as textiles, electronics, biotechnology, environment, energy, etc., ultimately contributing to all sorts of industries.
  Currently, promotion of such nanotechnologies is underway in Japan as one of the national policies. Japan is among the world's leaders in electronics technology, and the use of this strength will give Japan a competitive edge in nanotechnology. To change the Japanese industrial landscape through development of nanotechnologies, however, top-down machining technologies must be used widely among small- and medium-sized enterprises.
  As a member of the Nanotechnology Promotion Committee, we would like to take the initiative toward the creation of an intellectual cluster consisting of small- and medium-sized enterprises in various manufacturing industries.

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