How can a chemical company provide new solutions to its customers and to society? The key is research and development, and what Nippon Gohsei refers to as "enhancing intelligence". This means to ceaselessly pursue new product development efforts that meet customer needs through an approach utilizing accumulated technical expertise and chemical knowledge.

The Nippon Gohsei Group aims to achieve this by capitalizing on its R&D resources throughout the world. By networking these resources, it is able to bring new ideas and new solutions more quickly to the marketplace. This networking is achieved through regular interaction and exchanging of ideas among the various R&D groups.

Below are brief descriptions of these R&D resources:

Processing Technique Development Center

The Processing Technique Development Center was established in the city of Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture in 1997 to conduct "Soarnol™" development and technical service activities in order to meet market needs. For the specific promotion of "enhancing intelligence," research and development activities are fused with technical services in order to promote activities with a stronger "market pull" approach for determining new customer needs. On a daily basis, Nippon Gohsei works directly with customers to resolve problems in order to strengthen its position as a dependable technical partner.

Established December 1997
Location Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
Operations "Soarnol™" research & development and technical services
Trial manufacture facilities Multilayer film molding machines (cast / blown process), blow molding machines, injection molding machines, thermoforming machines, etc.

Nippon Gohsei Europe GmbH Customer Service Center

To meet overwhelming demand, Nippon Gohsei has constructed a new plant, the Nippon Gohsei UK Plant, in Hull, England. The Plant, which began operations in 2004, has the world's largest single line for EVOH, with a production capacity of 15,000 tons per year. In concert with this move, a Customer Service Center was established in Dusseldorf, Germany in the autumn of 2002 as a technical support center for Europe. Equipped with a variety of analysis equipment, the Center is designed to provide even more rapid response to customer demand and to assist customers as an even closer partner.

Established October 15, 2002
Location Düsseldorf, Germany
Operations Various types of analysis and technical services

Central Research Laboratory

The Central Research Laboratory is the core of Nippon Gohsei's research and development department and works toward the development of new products. In 1927, the Central Research Laboratory was founded and became the first in Japan to establish a technique for the industrialization of acetic acid in 1928. Since that time, it has carried on the tradition of Nippon Gohsei as a technical leader, through the development of products such as "Soarnol™", polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) resin "Gohsenol" and other distinctive products based on organic synthesis techniques. At the physical analysis center located within the Central Research Laboratory, the physical (and other) properties of substance are studied as part of an effort to grow the company's knowledge base and lead to future developments. The Central Research Laboratory will continue to contribute to society by providing products with high added value.

Established March 1927 (relocated in 1971)
Location Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Operations Research & development, physical property analysis, intellectual property management


Soarus L.L.C. was established in 1996 as the sales, marketing and R&D company for "Soarnol™" EVOH in North America. Soarus has a fully equipped laboratory that allows it to provide rapid service and support to its customers, as well as provide pilot equipment for customer testing. Soarus' laboratory equipment includes a 4-extruder, 7-layer coextrusion blown film line, compounding equipment, FTIR, DSC, optical microscope with hot stage, and various other test equipments.

In addition, Soarus has a staff of highly trained technical individuals with many years of experience in barrier resins and coextrusion (several in excess of 25 years), who can help you with your individual needs.

Established January, 1996
Location Arlington Heights, IL (U.S.A.)
Operations "Soarnol™" sales, various types of analysis, technical services
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