Intellectual capital

As part of our growth investments in existing fields, the Daiwabo Group is dedicated to R&D and development of the platform. We are working on this in line with the characteristics of the IT Infrastructure Distribution Business, Fiber Business, and Industry Machinery Business, respectively.

IT Infrastructure Distribution Business

The “creation of next-generation growth drivers” is a core principle of our current Medium-Term Management Plan. We are expanding our business by actively embracing digital technology, aiming to achieve digital transformation (DX) and establish ourselves as a leading cloud distributor. In the IT Infrastructure Distribution Business, strong partnerships with various manufacturers and IT vendors allow us to provide advanced and global cloud services that fulfill the diverse needs of users, contributing them to achieve DX. Simultaneously, we strive to improve the efficiency and safety of social infrastructure and public services, reduce environmental impact, and promote social inclusion, all aiming to build a sustainable society. Our efforts to assist companies, especially small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), in achieving DX include various managed services to support IT operations and management designed to resolve workforce shortages and improve the productivity on the sales partner and user side, as well as education services for the training of DX-ready professionals to promote the nationwide digital transformation. Our cloud services provide a diverse range of solutions and support, including hybrid cloud solutions with on-premises integration, as cloud computing continues to be utilized in increasingly versatile scenarios. We encourage the optimal cloud usage tailored to the users’ environment while promoting the development of new business models in combination with our sales partners’ core businesses. Through these efforts, we provide opportunities for value creation in business and service design for our sales partners and users.

DX and measures of IT Infrastructure Distribution Business

DX and measures of IT Infrastructure Distribution Business

Fiber Business

In the Fiber Business, we have set a policy of “realizing a sustainable society by developing original materials based on ESG management and research themes that will lead to achieving the SDGs,” and work to develop technologies that support people’s health and safety. We are committed to selling products made from eco-friendly and biodegradable materials, as well as developing materials and products that contribute to environmental conservation by saving energy and incorporating water and air purification processes. We conduct joint development in collaboration with industry, government, and academia. We participate in the Green Innovation Fund Project* of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), aiming to promote the next-generation fiber through the development of concrete materials with carbon dioxide absorption and fixation properties.
* The program launched by NEDO, with the objective of achieving net zero GHG emissions by 2050, provides 10-yearlong continuous support for companies involved in activities to accomplish these goals in priority areas including R&D, validation and implementation in society.

 

Industrial Machinery Business

In the machinery and software development, we ensure that our customers’ needs for existing products are fulfilled and necessary safety measures are implemented. In recent years, we have been putting more focus on responding to the needs from the aerospace and wind power generation industries: for example, an automatic tool changer compatible with high-pressure and high-capacity coolant, aiming to provide the aerospace industry with enhanced cutting performance for difficult-to-cut materials; structural changes to large-sized lathes for the wind power generation industry to improve transportation efficiency; a chip detection system using AI technology; and a carton refilling device responding to labor-saving needs. In this way, we will continue to make technological developments and improvements to accurately grasp market needs.

Management of Intellectual Properties

Fiber Business / Industrial Machinery Business

In the following aspects of our work related to intellectual property (IP), we regularly organize briefing sessions with relevant departments to ensure that we stay informed about the progress of their activities.

 

● Result-oriented action plan from early phase
● Confidentiality management of proprietary technologies
● Preservation of evidence
● Mitigation of infringement risks related to intellectual property rights
● Patent clearance search
● Other companies’ patent search

Investment in production facilities

IT Infrastructure Distribution Business

No production facility is needed for their business, but we invest in activities such as upgrading the internal systems and infrastructure, and optimization of logistics functions, especially at the east and west large distribution centers.

Fiber Business

We categorize our investments into the following four groups to allocate necessary funds effectively:
① Investments in environment and safety
② Renewal and taking of preventive measures against deterioration of facilities
③ Expansion of facilities, improvement of productivity and cost handling
④ Product development and quality improvement

 

Main facility investments in FY2022 include:
● Renewal of synthetic fiber stretching equipment
● Renewal of line inspection equipment
● Indoor air conditioning system

 

We will strategically allocate management resources to growth areas, leading to the sustainable enhancement of corporate value

Industrial Machinery Business

We plan investments aimed at replacing aging equipment, expanding sales, and improving operational efficiency. In FY2022, we renewed the production control system and the facilities at the Nagaoka Factory.