Production Technology Research

Production Technology Research

Once developed, new raw materials and products must be industrially produced before they can reach consumers. Lion’s Production Engineering Research Center conducts production technology research to connect developmental research with production. To produce high-quality raw materials and products efficiently and at low cost, we constantly strive to improve our production technologies, incorporating the most advanced technologies and applying insights and technologies from fields that include chemical engineering, materials science and interface science.

In recent years, we have developed manufacturing processes for new surfactants and various detergents that employ said surfactants with particular emphasis on environmental friendliness. Lion’s anionic surfactant alpha-methyl ester sulfonate (MES), produced from high-purity methyl ester, and the new non-ionic surfactant methyl ester ethoxylate (MEE) feature excellent detergency and biodegradability and are produced from plant-based ingredients. As such, their use is expected to expand, and we are advancing research aimed at further improving their manufacturing processes.