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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.
  2. Outline
    Facility name Building B-7, Sakai Plant
    Establishment October 2016
    Location The grounds of the Sakai Plant
    Area A building area of about 2,000㎡;
    extended floor area of about 10,000㎡; six stories
    Investment about 3.7 billion yen
    Details R&D of combine harvesters, utility vehicles, ride on mowers and etc.

    Additional information

    【Outline】

    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

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