Lion’s R&D Headquarters has laboratories with three different functions: Developmental Research, Applied Research, and Research Support. The Developmental Research Laboratories are divided into each product area, and, working in close collaboration with the product planning divisions, undertake the development of new products. The Applied Research Laboratories engage in technological development for the application of materials and technology “seeds” to Lion products and work to discover new technologies using its knowledge of interfacial science, life science, and other areas, while seeking to make available the results of their activities for new product development. The Research Support Laboratories and Centers provide assistance for developmental and applied research in technical fields that are shared in common by Lion’s R&D activities, including packaging, flavors and fragrances, analysis, environment and safety as well as other areas. In addition, when new materials and new products are commercialized, the Production Engineering Center develops manufacturing technologies that link development research and production.