Azbil to build cleanroom as part of $64m two building expansion

The Japan-based advanced system specialist has planned the expansion to enhance its technological development facilities for accelerating R&D of advanced system solutions and devices

Conceptual image of the first laboratory buildings. Construction will begin in spring 2021 and is slated to be completed at the end of May 2022. Azbil plans to invest 4 billion yen and 3 billion yen (7 billion yen or $64m) in the facilities, respectively. (Images courtesy of Nikken Sekkei Ltd.)

Azbil Corporation has announced it will build two laboratory buildings at Fujisawa Technology Center, the Azbil Group's central R&D base, for conducting experiments.

In doing so, Azbil aims to enhance its technological development facilities for accelerating R&D of advanced system solutions and devices for the Group's next stage of growth.

This expansion will boost Fujisawa Technology Center's development capabilities in advanced system solutions that use cloud computing and AI, as well as in high-performance, high-precision devices. This is yet another step of the company advancing its high-value-added production when, in 2019, Azbil constructed a new production building at Shonan Factory, paving the way for the site to be positioned as the group's "mother factory."

Society faces problems that need to be tackled, such as the declining working-age population, ageing infrastructure, climate change, and the threat of a pandemic. In response to these, automation plays an ever-increasing role through means such as creating safe work and production spaces, energy conversion and controlling energy demand, all of which have led to the need for new automation that uses measurement and control in ways not seen previously.

In anticipation of this need, the new laboratory buildings at Fujisawa Technology Center will provide a new environment for development and advanced facilities for experimentation, enabling more efficient R&D activities as well as driving advanced technological development.

Boasting the latest experiment facilities, the first laboratory building will have a building area of 2,230 sqm with a total floor area of 10,721 sqm over its six floors and replace the previous laboratory building, which will be dismantled due to age.

The second laboratory building will have a building area of 1,336 sqm, a total floor area of 4,217 sqm over its three floors, and a cleanroom for development and production. The building will also feature a measurement standards laboratory for furthering development of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, which are at the centre of Azbil's sensing technology.

Azbil is committed to maintaining and improving the competitiveness of its MEMS sensors through its proprietary technology, process technology, and development and production expertise cultivated over many years. The company also aims to deliver a stable supply of high-performance sensors and develop new products, as well as expand its business to new areas revolving around its sensors.

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