Regional Information Niigata

Niigata, one of the largest centers of food, machinery and metal industries

Your Regional Guide : Yoshinao Sakai

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The information below is as of November 2017.

Leading-edge manufacturing and assembly and key component-related manufacturing

(Related sectors: Automobile and Transport Equipment, Electronics, Aircraft)

Attractive features

Against the backdrop of diverse locally-based industries centered around metallic product fabrication and machining, a manufacturing industry cluster has been formed in central Niigata, comprised of manufacturing companies for metallic products, general machinery, and appliances and electronics.

Major education/research institutes of the industry

[Three technical universities]
Niigata University (Faculty of Engineering), Nagaoka University of Technology, and Niigata Institute of Technology are working on the development of human resources and research and development in collaboration with companies. Nagaoka University of Technology and Niigata University of Pharmacy and Applied Life Sciences have research accomplishments in industrial design and biotechnology fields.

Industrial Research Institute of Niigata Prefecture

Technologies, patents, products developed by the Industrial Research Institute of Niigata Prefecture ・Production of ultrafine, spherical metallic powder through the use of ultrafast cutting

  • Magnesium alloy plastic forming process and apparatus
  • Production method for magnesium alloy sheets
  • Magnesium alloy continuous press production
  • Plastic forming process for magnesium alloy sheets (sequential overhang formation and elastic body)
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

Institutes such as Industrial Research Institute of Niigata Prefecture and Niigata Industrial Creation Organization support companies' R&D, industry-academy collaboration, and management innovation.

[Industry, Academy, and Government Cooperation]
"Niigata Next Generation Vehicle Promotion Council"
Founded by corporations, educational/research institutions and financial institutions in 2013 in order to promote communication in vehicle-related industries, to collect information relating to the vehicle industry/market and to continuously improve production management and technology.

Food and beverage manufacturing

(Related sectors: Food manufacturing, Life Science)

Attractive features

Niigata Prefecture is a leading producer of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products such as rice. It is also possible to acquire high-quality, rich water resources from its water sources including five major water systems. By taking advantage of these resources, the prefecture occupies the highest share of rice confectionery, aseptic-packaged rice, and fishery paste products in the domestic market.

Major education/research institutes of the industry

[Niigata Agricultural Research Institute Food Research Center]
Comprehensive research related to use and processing of agricultural products and technical guidance on the food industry

  • Development of new food materials and technologies to add high value
  • Development of distribution and production technologies for creating competitive and superior specialty products of the prefecture
  • Technological development for competitive functional materials and quality control
Major industry cluster plans, special zones and industry-government-academia collaboration of the industry

[Coordination between industry, academia, and government]
Research and development by universities, corporations and public research and testing institutes, etc. inside and outside of the prefecture were carried out for 5 years from 2008 under the theme of "Development of fundamental technologies contributing to added value for the food industry."

- An example of the research topics -
Development of high-added-value food products taking advantage of high-pressure processing

Companies from different industries, universities and government have cooperated in creating high-value added business in the field of health, public welfare and medical field since 2006, under the theme of the "Peaks of Health Business Policy."
- An example of the research topics -
Development and diffusion of hypoallergenic wheat products