Research & Development

Efforts in R&D

Principles for R&D

As a company entrusted with the earth's precious resources, such as gas and raw materials

For many years, Air Water has engaged in business activities befitting “a global resource recycling company,” a corporate model we have adopted. Air Water's businesses that use gas and raw materials all operate with the full realization that these are precious resources with which the Earth has entrusted us.
With the technology that makes the best use of these earth's resources, we will contribute broadly to industry and to ways of life, which we believe it is our corporate mission to do.

Multidisciplinary fusion of technologies, crossing over the boundaries of specialty areas

The most prominent feature of Air Water is the breadth of its technological areas of expertise, not confined to industrial gas. Further, we are constantly working to create synergies among these diverse technologies.
In addition to bringing together our Group's fundamental and advanced technologies for their multidisciplinary fusion, crossing over the boundaries of specialty areas, we seek to establish new technologies and unique business models that cannot be matched by others, through active collaborations with academic institutions and institutions collaborating with our Group.

Aims of R&D

“Rapid commercialization of research achievements” and “further advancement of innovative technologies”

As a means to simultaneously advance “rapid commercialization of research achievements” and “further advancement of innovative technologies which will generate future growth,” Air Water has established technology sections in the following two divisions.

Air Water R&D Co., Ltd. is working on research and development for technologies with high future potential, being committed to technology development which will achieve the Group's medium and long term goals, including achieving sales of 1 trillion yen. Air Water R&D Co. also assumes the role of creating new growth drivers for the Group, promoting further sophistication of high value-added technologies by providing support to all of the Group's technology development through the utilization of its broad array of cutting-edge technologies and the latest research facilities.

As the technology divisions under direct control of each of Air Water's business organizations, the Company Market Development Divisions take charge of technological activities that directly affect activities at business sites, such as the development of new markets by enhancing the application of existing technologies and conducting customer surveys using high-tech services. Each division takes on the role of creating technology products with greater usability by quickly responding to customer and market demands, and using these advances for speedy development of the distinctive technologies that are necessary for implementing global strategies.

Areas of R&D

Broad range of technological fields and the generation of synergetic effects

Air Water holds original technologies in a broad range of business fields, including industrial gas, electronics materials, fine chemicals, medical treatment, resin materials, carbon materials, and foods. Taking advantage of the high-level and pioneering technologies held by these businesses, we try to create synergies through fusion of these technologies, crossing over individual business organizational boundaries. These synergies in turn will create new technologies that are unique to Air Water and that cannot be found at any other companies. In pursuit of these new creations, Air Water is undertaking research activities every day.

  • Gas processing technology
  • Gas collection and recycling technology
  • Gas applied technology
  • Welding technology
  • Plasma surface treatment technology
  • Electronics materials technology
  • Metal surface treatment technology
  • Environmental and food-related technology
  • Fine chemicals and new materials technology
  • Functional resin materials technology and carbon materials technology
  • Medical-related technology
  • Energy utilization technology
  • Energy solution technology
  • Collagen applied technology

Strategies for intellectual property

Activities and systems
for intellectual properties to enable them to continue to support our “technology-based company”

AWI's intellectual property division provides unified intellectual property management services across the group, including intellectual property applications and rights registrations.
We have established intellectual property managers for each research and development field and a system for patent application and rights registration in conjunction with the research and development division, grounded on a basic policy to firmly register rights and protect the results of our research and development. We thereby promote the construction of a strategic and robust intellectual property portfolio (corporate intellectual property groups).AWI has also established a system to make specialist staff available for tasks including legal operations related to technology such as contracts or disputes, intellectual property training, and project management.
We make patent applications only for patents which have cleared our internal standards, fully evaluating the patentability and profitability of inventions based on prior art searches. We also carry out an annual review of patents held focusing on the status of research and development and their application to business, in an effort to maximize corporate profits and value by optimizing our intellectual property portfolio to match our research and development strategies and business strategies.