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Expansion of Research Areas Diversification of Beauty

Policy on Expansion of Research Areas

The POLA ORBIS Group conducts research in three areas–Science, Life and Communication–in order to provide new value without being constrained by the boundaries of cosmetics, looking ahead to the future 30 years from now.
We also consider product development that takes recycling of resources into account, in order to not only provide value to customers but also to live in harmony with a beautiful global environment.

  • Science
  • Life
  • Communication

Research System

Group-wide research management functions are consolidated under the Multiple Intelligence Research Center (MIRC, POLA ORBIS HOLDINGS). Based on the strategies decided by MIRC, research is conducted at the Frontier Research Center (FRC, POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES), which creates "technology seeds" for use in new and existing businesses. In cosmetics development, we will establish the new Technical Development Center (TDC) to accelerate the realization of new value creation with a higher level of innovation, and enhance the technology development functions of the entire Group. We will significantly strengthen our system for creating new value by linking research, development, and production.

Goals and Achievements Related to the Expansion of Research Areas

Number of research awards won
Target for 2029 2020 Actual Numbers
(cumulative from 2018)
10 in total 5 in total
Number of researchers
Target for 2029 2020 Actual Numbers
120 68

Initiatives to Expand Research Areas

POLA CHEMICAL INDUTRY:Double win for research on new-texture cleansing formulation

POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES actively encourages its researchers to announce results and submit papers at scientific conferences at home and abroad.
In 2020, Kazuki Matsuo, a researcher at POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES, captured two awards–the JOCS Young Fellow's Award and the Kanto Branch's Young Researcher Encouragement Award for "New Stability Conditions of O/W Type Cleansing Cream:
The Importance of the Crystal Structure of the Interface." The double award from the Japan Oil Chemists' Society to a cosmetics maker is a first. The society promotes science and technology targeting oils, fats, surfactants and related substances, and strives to contribute to industry development and activity as well as improve consumer health. Its awards encourage progress in science and technology in related fields and recognize researchers who achieve outstanding results in their area of expertise. Recipients of the Young Fellow's Award are 35 years old and under, while recipients of the Young Researcher Encouragement Award are under 40 years old. Both awards showcase young researchers with exemplary capabilities.
The winning research highlights key technology that enables a rich cream to melt into an oil-like consistency on the skin. Unlike anything available before, the cream's texture appeals to the senses. The technology has been applied to ORBIS CLEANSING CREAM, which debuted in February 2020.The technology has potential beyond cleansing creams for various other formulations and could be used to create innovative products with textures that surprise and amaze, while aiming to cultivate new markets. This will not only raise corporate value over the long term but also contribute to further development of the cosmetics industry.

Research on biodegradable plastics in collaboration with Hitachi Zosen Corporation

POLA CHEMICAL INDUSTRIES and Hitachi Zosen Corporation have started joint development of environment-friendly cosmetics containers and raw materials using Eucommia Elastomer*, a biopolymer made from the tochu tea tree. The goal is to use plant-derived ingredients to bring to market products with a low environmental impact. This is the first joint-development effort in Japan to apply environment-friendly, plant-derived ingredients to both cosmetics containers and raw materials.

*A 100% plant-derived biopolymer extracted and refined from the fruit of the tochu tree, which produces tochu tea. This biopolymer exhibits high flexibility, impact resistance and water repellency

An era where DIY creams can be created freely

The increase in popularity of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) is accelerating globally, and more and more people are enjoying the process of making their own items–such as furniture and accessories–that demonstrate with their own individuality. However, the full-fledged production of lotions and creams remains limited to laboratories and factories, and has not yet spread to the general public. This is because the process of emulsification, mixing water and oils requires expertise in interface and colloid science, specialized equipment for mixing, and complex work processes. We therefore set out to design and develop an emulsifier that would enable DIY cosmetics production at home, and developed M-Polymer.
Customers can simply add their favorite oils or moisturizers to the M-polymer aqueous solution and mix to create a wide range of cosmetics, including lotions, creams and cleansing creams.
Because this technology also requires little heat energy in comparison with conventional emulsification and leads to significant reductions in CO2 emissions, we expect that it may be applied not only for DIY, but also as an environmental load reduction measure.

ESG Information
Corporate Report2020