Initiatives for Sumitomo Forestry Group's Business and ESG

Research & Development


Wood has great potential for both the sustainability of the global environment and the development of our society and economy. Constant technical development is essential to tap into this potential of wood and heighten its value. The Tsukuba Research Institute has been fulfilling the role of realizing this potential of wood by supporting the foundation of the Sumitomo Forestry Group with leading-edge research and technical development capabilities related to wood since its establishment in 1991.

Main Figures (FY2021 Result)
  • Research and development expenses 2,488million yen

Research and Development System and Fields

The Tsukuba Research Institute engages in two main types of research and development using a seven group organization: corporate research and development to bring about future technology in the long term as well as research and development linked to business divisions for the purpose of driving profitability in the short-to medium-term. We believe taking a medium- to long-term perspective breaking from existing ideas is vital as society and the lifestyle environment changes at a bewildering rate. By finding unconventional ways to use wood and by enhancing the added value therein, the Sumitomo Forestry Group strives together as one under new research and development themes with the goal of not only supporting society and people's lives but also contributing to a prosperous global environment.

Tsukuba Research Institute's Research and Development System and Fields

Tsukuba Research Institute's Research and Development System and Fields
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Research Results Benefiting People and Society

The Sumitomo Forestry Group announced its W350 Plan in 2018. This plan is a research and technology development roadmap to realize a Timberized Eco City with tall wooden high-rise buildings by 2041, which is also Sumitomo Forestry's 350th anniversary. We will spark innovation aiming to encourage a sustainable cycle of wood use and forest management and work to fulfill our goal of achieving a Timberized Eco City that changes a city to forest while thinking the sustainability in people's lifestyles and the global environment. The Sumitomo Forestry Group will give back a wide range of research results gained at Tsukuba Research Institute to people and society through our businesses to revitalize the forestry industry with increased demand of timber and mitigate climate change with increased fixation of CO2. In essence, Sumitomo Forestry will contribute to invigorate the community and to realize coexistence with the global environment.