In “VISION 2012,” we set the target of “a contribution to sales ratio of 30% for new products.”
To meet this target, it is essential to develop new business domains using the core technology of the Sumitomo Electric Group, in addition to the development of new products in the conventional business fields. The R&D Unit has set the three themes of “life sciences,” “environment, energy and resources,” and “safety & security, ubiquitous networking” as the priority domains for research and development activities.
In the life sciences domain, we have developed CompovisionTM, a near infrared light imaging system, using the technologies we had cultivated in the information and communications field. We are now promoting the application of the product to various areas including food, pharmaceutical and medicine.
Environment, energy and resources
In the domains of environment, energy and resources, we focus on water resources and promote the development of a ballast water management system and desalination pretreatment system for practical application. Other R&D subjects include renewable energy, industrialization of agriculture and effective use of scarce resources.
Safety & security, ubiquitous networking
Using the technologies related to optical telecommunications, wireless communications and terminal devices that support broadband communication, we are promoting R&D of the system products that contribute to safety, security and ubiquitous networking in automobile transport and other sectors.