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Our Healthcare-Related Operations

Our Healthcare-Related Operations

In April 2020, our Life Innovation Division made a fresh start via the merger of Denka Seiken Co., Ltd. and Denka Company Limited.
Since the founding of the Research Institute for Biology, Physics and Chemistry—the precursor of Denka Seiken—in 1950, we have long been contributing to infectious disease prevention in countries around the globe, including Japan, via the manufacture and sale of vaccines and diagnostic reagents. Having integrated these operations with those handling Denka’s macromolecular sodium hyaluronate preparation, cancer-related gene alteration analysis and other businesses relevant to healthcare, we have refreshed our Life Innovation Division and are poised to bring together technologies that have been cultivated by both companies to contribute to the well-being of people around the world.

Overview of the Life Innovation Division

The Life Innovation Division produces vaccines, diagnostic reagents and sodium hyaluronate preparation, which together constitute its mainstay operations, and has taken on such new businesses as a genome-based panel examination method expected to serve as a next-generation solution for cancer diagnosis.

デンカ株式会社, デンカ株式会社 IR室

Growth Strategy of Specialty Business: Automotive Field Feature

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Latest Trends in the Automotive Market
  • Today, the automotive industry is undergoing a “once-in-a-century revolutionary change.” These changes are often referred by the acronym CASE, standing for Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric. While trends on these four fronts promise improved user convenience, they are expected to pose major challenges to the industry, prompting automotive and related businesses to undertake thoroughgoing restructuring. In other words, right now industry conditions are conducive to the creation of new businesses that may eventually achieve significant growth.
    Under the Denka Value-Up management plan, we are placing strong focus on automotive-related operations as part of the environment and energy, which we have positioned as a priority field. We will provide essential materials and solutions supporting the aforementioned trends, thereby expanding these operations.

  • Latest Trends in the Automotive Market

Social Issues

Among the issues confronting the automotive industry, the reduction of its environmental footprint and the prevention of traffic accidents are paramount. In the face of growing public concerns about the environment, regulatory standards enforced by EU members and other major countries to limit CO2 emissions from vehicles are becoming ever more stringent due to the looming threats of air pollution, global warming and other detrimental phenomena affecting countries worldwide. If automakers are to be able to meet these standards, it is essential that the use of electric vehicles (EVs) gains popularity and vehicle weights are reduced.
In Japan, the growing number of car accidents involving elderly drivers is a public concern. On a global basis, approximately 1.3 million people die in car accidents every year. Against this backdrop, automakers are called upon to realize a safe, reliable and fully autonomous driving system so that one day the occurrence of such accidents can be reduced to zero. This technology is also expected to help resolve such issues as how to improve mobility for people with disabilities and how to compensate for the shortage in human drivers.

Initiatives to Help Resolve Social Issues
  • Popularization of EVs(the environment)

  • 1.Power Control Unit

    Inverter materials: High-heat conductive ceramic substrates
    •Nitride aluminum plates
    •Silicon nitride plates

    2.Lithium ion secondary batteries (LiBs)

    Acetylene black
    Thermally conductive materials

  • Reduction of vehicle weight(the environment)

  • 1.Switchover from conventional lights and blinkers to LED fixtures

    Phosphor: ALONBRIGHT
    Metal circuit substrates: HITTPLATE

    2.Weight reduction via the development of thin bundling tapes for wire harnesses

    Bundling tapes for wire harnesses: VINI-TAPE

    3.Development of lightweight materials (resins) with smaller environmental footprints

    Fluorine-based films: DENKA DX Film
    A film that gives a smooth tactile impression akin to a napped fabric: Noble Tact (now under development)

  • Autonomous driving systems(safety)

  • 1.Millimeter-wave radars
    2.Vehicle to vehicle communication Vehicle to roadside infrastructure communication

    Materials for high-frequency devices: Fillers that reduce transmission loss
    Materials for electromagnetic wave absorption and insulation

TOPICContributing to industry efforts aimed at adapting to a revolutionary change that has been accelerating in the face of a post-pandemic world
Taro KamiyaAutomotive Materials &
Solutions (AMS) Dept.

According to input from automakers and industry specialist magazines at home and abroad, the automotive industry is currently facing an urgent need to disperse supply chain risks and to take a more selective approach when determining R&D themes in order to counter sluggish financial results in the wake of undeniable changes in the business environment due to the influence of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
On the other hand, since before the pandemic four technological trends—Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric—summarized as CASE have been precipitating a once-in-a-century revolutionary change that has been picking up momentum throughout the global automotive industry. Among these four technological trends, Shared & Services is expected to face difficulties due to anxiety about the risk of infection. However, automobiles themselves are once again garnering public support as they represent optimal vehicles for individual mobility. Accordingly, the Connected, Autonomous and Electric trends are expected to accelerate the pace of development industrywide. Moreover, the current surge in the popularity of online shopping is driving the vigorous movement of goods via parcel delivery and other services. Despite the expected stagnation of Shared & Services technologies, the ongoing megatrend toward Mobility as a Service (MaaS) will thus continue.
Aiming to meet needs for solutions supporting the post-pandemic trends discussed above, we are striving to ensure the steady supply of acetylene black, spherical alumina, ceramics-based electronic circuit substrates and other EV-related products, all of which have gained growing popularity. Simultaneously, we are endeavoring to release new products for use in connected cars and autonomous driving systems (LCP film and low dielectric loss tangent fillers) at an even faster pace.
Looking ahead, we will cultivate even closer ties with automakers and automobile parts manufacturers as we strive to flexibly and accurately accommodate the evolving needs of society. In these ways, we will develop new materials and components with the aim of contributing to the realization of a sustainable society as a chemical manufacturer.

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