Shift to a New Structure
Starting in 2006, we completely restructured our R&D organization to create new businesses based on the Group's diverse technical capabilities toward realizing its Second Foundation.
Conventional approach to research
As evidenced by the development of the world's first digital camera in 1988, the Fujifilm Group conducted research from early on with an eye on future digitization. The Group released a series of new products by applying technologies gained through its photography business for reproducing images as actually observed.
The business environment surrounding the field of imaging, however, has in recent years become even more severe than initially expected. This can be seen in the accelerating decline in the demand for color films along with sluggish growth and increased price competition in the digital camera market.
Previous R&D structure
Radical restructuring of R&D organization
FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories in Kaisei, Kanagawa Prefecture
The Fujifilm Group recognized this era's major, accelerating shifts and intensifying competition as a business opportunity. Since formulating the VISION75, our Medium-term Management Plan in 2004, the Group has been dramatically restructuring its R&D organization as a key initiative for realizing its Second Foundation. Previously separate laboratories and researchers were consolidated to establish the corporate laboratories that conduct R&D for the future from a company-wide perspective. As a result, Fujifilm set up a structure that can effectively respond to present and future challenges.
The FUJIFILM Advanced Research Laboratories opened in Kaisei, Kanagawa, in April 2006, now plays a crucial role as a central base for fusion of cross-company advanced research and fundamental technology development. We are striving to create new businesses and products with a central focus on the Advanced Research Laboratories through powerful synergies with other laboratories.
Fuji Xerox R&D Square in Minato Mirai 21 in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Meanwhile, Fuji Xerox commenced operations at the new urban R&D base “Fuji Xerox R&D Square” in Minato Mirai 21, Kanagawa Prefecture in April 2010. With this new site, the company's R&D operations will be concentrated in the already established Ebina location and the new site in Yokohama. Fuji Xerox will take on the challenge of generating and delivering innovative value to customers by restructuring its R&D system around the hub of these two bases.
This fundamental revision of our R&D structure enabled a cross-organizational fusion of the Group's versatile technical capabilities.
Looking ahead, we will enter into a new orbit of growth by strengthening synergies among Group companies, including Fujifilm, Fuji Xerox and Toyama Chemical, while pushing ahead with inter-company alliances, M&A and collaborations involving industry, government and academia.