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Industry making the best use of Kyushu's potential

The Automobile Industry

 Operating in the Kyushu region are Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Kyushu, Inc., Daihatsu Motor Kyushu Co., Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd., which manufactures two-wheel vehicles. Kyushu's annual automobile production capacity is expected to exceed 1.5 million units after Nissan Shatai Kyushu Co., Ltd. constructs its new assembly plant in the Kyushu Plant of Nissan Motor in 2009. In 2008, Toyota Motor Kyushu expanded its Kanda Plant and constructed its new Kokura Plant, and Daihatsu Motor Kyushu commenced production in its new Kurume Plant. The integration of engine-related functional parts production is thus accelerating, and the companies involved are planning to construct new plants or expand existing plants. Greater integration of automobile-related industries is expected in and around the northern part of Kyushu.

The Semiconductor Industry

 Semiconductor production in Kyushu accounts for approximately 25% of the domestic total. Kyushu is consequently called "Silicon Island," being a hub of approximately 800 semiconductor-related companies and offices. As part of the Industrial Cluster Plan led by METI, the "Kyushu Silicon Cluster Plan" is designed to strengthen the global competitiveness of Kyushu's leading industries, such as the semiconductor and FPD-related industries, through a network between industry, academia and government, in order to promote sustainable development of the region.

Sony Semiconductor Kyushu Co. Kumamoto Technology Center

 Kumamoto Technology Center was completed in may, 2006 as an exclusive plant for manufacturing state-of-the-art CMOS sensor and it has become the largest mass production center for Sony's imaging devices, including CCD which has about 60% share of the world market.
●Products manufactured at the Kumamoto Technology Center

The Biotechnology Industry

 Kyushu, blessed with a warm climate and natural environment, has long flourished in the fields of agriculture and fishing, making up about 20% of Japan's total agricultural production. The Manufacturing of fermented products made from rice, potatoes and soybeans, such as Sake, Shochu (distilled liquor) and soy sauce, has been rooted in Kyushu since the earliest times.  “Kyushu Biotechnology Cluster Project” is an industrial development approach which makes the best use of Kyushu's geographical advantage. It promotes the creation of new enterprises through research and development, financial assistance, human resource development and employment, functionality assessment and market expansion with the goal of functional and health food development and formation of a mass production centers.

Fukuoka Bio Incubation Center (Kurume City, Fukuoka)
Fukuoka Bio Incubation Center has been established to serve as the core site to support bio venture businesses in transition from trial manufacturing to the manufacturing stage. The center offers rental laboratories for bio venture businesses to put their research achievements into practical use through trial manufacturing and actual production.

The Environment and Recycling

 In the 1960s, while the heavy and chemical industries were developing, Kyushu suffered serious industrial pollution, especially in Kitakyushu City and Minamata City. Since then, however, as a result of joint efforts by the public and private sectors, the region has now not only successfully recovered its clean environment, it is home to a growing number of companies involved in the industrial pollution control technology and energy saving and recycling technologies that were fostered in the process of regional recovery.

  As a result, the region currently has three eco-towns that operate recycling facilities (Kitakyushu, Omuta and Minamata Cities). In addition,the Kyushu Recycle and Environmental Industry Plaza (K-RIP), supported under an Industrial Cluster Project by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, has launched various projects toward creating a recycling-oriented society, including diverse assistance to environment-related companies, using its network with industry, academia and government.

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