Research & Development Policy

Gunze’s Research & Development Policy

Gunze’s Research & Development Policy

Since its beginning, Gunze’s research and development efforts have focused on processing technologies. At present, with three processing technologies as its core, Gunze promotes the development of new technologies mainly in related high-growth areas. Our R&D environment goes beyond the boundaries of laboratories or fields of study, and is best characterized by its flexible system. This system facilitates cross-application or merging of different technologies, which has led to numerous innovations. In addition to exploring individual technologies and combining them, we also conduct research and development based on the vision of each business division. By so doing, we aim to develop new customers by offering value based on the anticipation of upcoming societal needs.

Research & Development Guidelines
  • Develop technologies related to high-growth fields
  • Create new businesses through integration of pooled technological resources
  • Develop product/production technologies based on business vision

Areas of Gunze’s Research & Development

At Gunze, our research and development efforts are centered on our core technologies related to three areas of processing—fiber processing, resin processing, and surface processing. Each core technology is broken down to highly advanced and specialized key technologies. Above all, key technologies for cotton (cellulose) modification, physiological design, precision extrusion, dispersive mixing, and coating are Gunze’s core competencies, and are employed in the development of many innovative products. We have also accumulated knowledge and expertise in each technological area through our own development of manufacturing equipment, as well as through the employment of various raw materials. By putting our expertise in different technological areas or cross-divisional knowhow together, we are committed to creating new and more beneficial technologies and products.

Innovation through processing technologies

Innovation through processing technologies

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Gunze’s Research & Development Strategy

Director,Corporate Officer General Manager Research & Development Department (CRO) Katsuhiko Oikawa Director,Corporate Officer General Manager Research & Development  Department Katsuhiko Oikawa

Katsuhiko Oikawa
Director and Corporate Officer
General Manager, Research & Development Department

Meeting societal needs by exploring and combining core technologies

We will remain committed to creating new products that meet the needs of customers by combining our three core technologies—fiber processing, resin processing, and surface processing technologies. To this end, we will strive to develop our own advanced production equipment and acquire analysis and evaluation technologies, while deepening our knowledge of materials science.

Contributing to the improvement of QOL through the promotion of "medical care through wear" and the development of functional films

With our society facing a growing aging population and falling birthrates, Gunze considers "wellness" and "medical care through wear" to be the next-stage drivers for our growth. Consequently, we seek to leverage our technologies in these areas. To help enhance people's quality of life (QOL), we will focus on developing new products in these areas based on apparel products, which are the main source of our identity. To meet society's requirements, we will also develop functional films that can promote QOL. At the same time, these films will help reduce harm to the environment by drawing on our resin processing technology.

Conventionally, we have worked to enhance the "feeling of comfort" in our innerwear products, and have developed products based on scientific verification of comfort. In pursuit of the next level of the "feeling of comfort," Gunze will promote its new concept of "medical care through wear," introducing specially designed wear for patients to help relieve postoperative pain or other discomfort.

Enhancement of QOL