"Contributing to Society through Science and Technology"
Based on this corporate philosophy that represents the pioneering spirit inherited from our founder, Shimadzu Corporation has continued to develop all our businesses for the past 140 years since its foundation in Kyoto in 1875.
Our analytical and measuring instruments, and industrial machinery are now used for a broad range of applications in a wide variety of industries, where they serve society by providing confidence and convenience through the business operations of our customers.
Similarly, Shimadzu systems for medical diagnostic and treatment applications and new drug research and development applications help support doctors and researchers involved in protecting people's health in an ever increasing range of applications.
We take pride in the importance of working with customers to support industry and human health, but, at the same time, recognizing that society is currently undergoing major changes, we are now preparing ourselves to become an even stronger Shimadzu.
For that and other reasons, we will be investing even more effort into improving our scientific and technological capabilities, which represent the backbone of our business operations. For example, we will invest in more joint research programs with those involved in advanced research around the world. By using the knowledge and expertise we gain from joint research, we intend to accelerate improvements in the performance and usability of our products. We will also continue to invest in basic research aimed at developing new technologies.
In addition, we are working to improve our sensitivity with respect to listening to our customers. With the abundant diversity in the world today, it is doubtless not an exaggeration to say that there are as many different needs as there are potential customers. Therefore, to ensure that we identify customer needs reliably and respond as quickly as possible, we will be building "innovation centers" in various locations around the world.