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Kubota Opens New R&D Center in North America

July 22, 2016

Kubota Corporation (Head Office: Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan; President and Representative Director: Masatoshi Kimata; hereinafter referred to as “Kubota”) has established a new R&D center in Canton, Ohio, U.S., as a part of ongoing efforts to globalize its R&D setup. Officially opened on July 19, this center is Kubota’s first offshore R&D base dedicated to the Water & Environment Business.

1. Background and aims

  • Kubota began the development of membrane bioreactor (MBR)* technology in the late 1980s, and has contributed to the solution of water and environmental improvement around the world through the global supply of Kubota Submerged Membrane Units. In 2013, Kubota received an order from the City of Canton for one of the largest wastewater treatment facilities in North America, and delivered a solid-liquid separation device designed for large treatment facilities.
  • Now that a dedicated R&D center has opened in North America, Kubota will focus its R&D efforts on design and operation management of membrane systems that are suited for the local climate and water quality by improving performance of membrane systems at low temperatures and achieving energy-efficient operations. While communicating with the North American market and engaging in joint development with local colleges/universities, research institutions, and other partners, Kubota will continue to advance its development of new technologies for wastewater treatment in a bid to expand the MBR business in North America.
  • Membrane bioreactor (MBR): Wastewater treatment technology that combines biological treatment by microorganisms with solid-liquid separation treatment by membranes

2. Overview of the New R&D Center

Facility name Kubota Water and Environment R&D Center USA.
Location At Canton Water Reclamation Facility, Canton, Ohio, USA.
Establishment July 2016
Total investment Total amount of 2.5 million US dollars


  • New R&D center

  • Canton Water Reclamation Facility

  • Giving a speech at opening ceremony
    Executive Officer Kaoru HAMADA, Deputy GM of Research & Development Headquarters


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