Japan: Mitsui opens design/solutions centre; HB Fuller sets up adhesives business

Mitsui opens design/solutions centre

Japan’s Mitsui Chemicals has opened a new design & solutions centre in Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, that will serve as a new base to offer the firm’s development capabilities, ranging from design to analysis, moulding, prototyping and evaluation.

The 2,700 sq m-centre will allow Mitsui Chemicals to develop new products to strengthen its growth sectors of mobility, healthcare and food & packaging.

Investment details were not disclosed.

Meanwhile, in other news US chemical firm HB Fuller Company has established HB Fuller Japan, in a bid to strengthen its Engineering Adhesive (EA) businesses in Japan by focusing on high-performance adhesives, including reactive adhesive chemistries and applications.

HB Fuller says its EA segment was established in 2016 and currently serves the electronics, transportation, renewable energies, aerospace, general industry and medical markets.

This business has grown rapidly to approximately US$478 million with double-digit annual growth rates, contributing to 19% of the company's operating income in 2018.

The Japanese subsidiary will collaborate closely with the company's joint-venture business, Sekisui Fuller, for sales and distribution channels.


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