The opening of Umicore Shokubai Japan's R&D centre.
The opening of Umicore Shokubai Japan's R&D centre.

The new facility features for equipment for the development and testing of automotive catalysts for the Japanese automotive industry.

It will help Umicore Shokubai Japan improve its service level for testing next generation catalysts and will broaden its offering to Japanese OEMs. 

“Growing our global catalyst business with Japanese automotive producers is a key element of our strategy,” said Umicore Shokubai Japan’s president, Hideaki Muraki. “We value not only the support of our customers but also of our parent companies Umicore and Nippon Shokubai.”

The Umicore Shokubai Japan HQ will also be transferred from Tokyo to Tokoname City.