On 18 July 2017, Kurita Water Industries Ltd. established a new company, Kurita R&D Asia Pte.Ltd., in Singapore to strengthen its global research and development system. Launched at the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) Spotlight 2017 and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, this will be its first R&D Centre in Asia outside of Japan when it opens in January 2018.
As demand for water rises worldwide, water resources need to be used effectively. The Kurita Group is focusing on developing technologies for desalination and the recycling of wastewater.
Kurita R&D Asia is located in Clean Tech Park, in the western part of Singapore. The new company will seek cooperation with research institutions in Singapore to obtain timely information on leading-edge technology and to develop market competitive technologies through demonstration experiments in the region. In particular, Kurita R&D Asia will explore R&D collaboration with Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in the areas of membrane technology, water treatment chemicals and water recycling. This follows from a joint R&D project between Kurita and NEWRI at PUB's R&D facility in Tuas. Kurita R&D Asia will allow Kurita to continue leveraging Singapore as a platform to develop, test and commercialise its technology to the regional markets.