Located inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute (TIRI) in Tokyo’s central business district, the laboratory offers local customers easy access to technical facilities and expertise to boost their research and development activities. The facility supplements Clariant’s existing Shizuoka Technical Service Center in providing industry customers with more opportunities for collaboration early on in their formulation development.
Clariant’s new laboratory will take advantage of the TIRI’s support on commissioned analytical work through various equipment and facilities available at the Institute. The TIRI was founded in 2006 with financial support from the Tokyo government to provide local industry with rapid and flexible technological support.
“The laboratory will open a new door to our customers in the personal care industry who, in order to speed up response to market, have a growing need for technical support early on in the development stage of their new products. Our Tokyo laboratory, which is within half an hour reach of Tokyo station, gives us the opportunity to interact more closely with local customers through such means as co-development meetings and technical seminars, enabling us to better support their product needs,” said Francois Bleger, head of Clariant’s Industrial and Consumer Specialties Business Unit in Asia Pacific.
In addition to the commissioned facilities available at the Institute, Clariant’s Tokyo laboratory is set up with equipment and facilities such as an incubator and viscometer necessary for running low-impact experiments and testing. Clariant’s existing Shizuoka Technical Service Center will continue to be the core laboratory for synthetic experiments with chemical reactions requiring high temperatures, high pressure, decompression or the generation of strong odor.