Kubota opens a new R&D site — For augmented R&D in Japan and rapid global business development
January 17, 2017
As part of the globalization of its research and development, Kubota Corporation (Head Office: Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Japan; President and Representative Director: Masatoshi Kimata; hereinafter referred to as “Kubota”) has opened a new R&D site within its Sakai Plant, the mother plant for Kubota’s machinery business.
Kubota has positioned the new site as a key R&D center for the machinery products for which it is developing business in countries around the world, and it is committed to the creation of new value through this measure.
1. Background and aims
- Ever since its founding, Kubota has constantly created new value and contributed to the resolution of issues in the areas of food, water, and the environment by staying close to customers and developing products that continue to inspire.
- The globalization of Kubota’s business over the last few years has been accompanied by an expansion of its business domain, increased machinery size, and proliferation of the types of machines in development. In response, Kubota is localizing its R&D capabilities in the regions of North America, Asia outside Japan, and Europe. At the same time, it is bolstering R&D for core technology in Japan and building a global R&D setup.
- Within Japan, Kubota has been pursuing the research and development of basic and fundamental technology integrated with its manufacturing. These domestic R&D activities center on its Sakai Plant, which manufactures agricultural machinery, engines, and construction machinery.
- The new R&D site will be equipped with various features aimed at increasing the speed of development. These include facilities enabling reproduction of climatic environments in all parts of the world, an area for informal and open discussion where employees from different departments can come casually gather to share ideas and generate new value, and space for video and web conferences to assist with development and production in coordination with overseas sites.
|Facility name||Building B-7, Sakai Plant|
|Location||The grounds of the Sakai Plant|
|Area||A building area of about 2,000m2;
extended floor area of about 10,000m2; six stories
|Investment||about 3.7 billion yen|
|Details||R&D of combine harvesters, utility vehicles, ride on mowers and etc.|
|Plant name||Sakai Plant|
|Year of establishment||1937|
|Address||64 Ishizukita-machi, Sakai-ku, Sakai City, Osaka|
|Business||production of tractors, construction machinery, diesel engines, etc.|
|Number of employees||about 3,500|