Corporate Profile

Name Kobelco Information Research Corp.
Incorporated April 6, 1973
Employee 64 (as of April, 2021)
Capital 50 million JPY
President Yasuo Higashi
Director Koichi Fukushima
Head Office 5-9-12 Kitashinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 141-8688 Japan
Kansai Branch 2-4, Wakinohama-Kaigandori 2-chome, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, 651-0073 Japan
Seishin Office 5-5 Takatsukadai 1 chome, Nishi-ku Kobe, 651-2271 Japan
(on the premise of Research Laboratories, Kobe Steel, Ltd.)

Major Customers

Government & Local Governments

  • Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
  • Ministry of the Environment (MOE)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA)
  • Hyogo Prefecture
  • Kobe City
  • and others

Independent Admin. Institutions

  • New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
  • National Institute for Material Science
  • and others

Public Organizations

  • Japan Research and Development Center for Metals (JRCM)
  • Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI)
  • Society of Non-Traditional Technology
  • Japan Iron and Steel Federation
  • Japan Aluminium Association
  • and others

Private Companies

  • Kobe Steel, Ltd. & KOBELCO Group companies
  • Major Motor Company
  • Major Electric Power Company
  • Major Electric Industrial Company
  • and others

Message from the President

Contributing to society through research, analysis and consulting centered upon technological information.

Our company offers research, analysis and consulting services centered upon a wide range of technological information as a think-tank affiliated with the manufacturer, Kobe Steel. Kobe Steel Group is engaged in a wide variety of areas, from raw materials – such as steel, aluminum and copper – to machinery – such as industrial, construction and environmental machinery – as well as having a power generation business. In accordance with that, our company possesses specialist talent across a wide range of technical areas. Investigations about technology, markets and R&D, undertaken by our experts , who make judgements on technology from the perspective of the manufacturing industry, receive backing from, not only the Kobe Steel Group, but also government agencies, public organizations and private companies.

At present, Japan’s manufacturing industry is at a big turning point. The market is becoming globalized, which along with large business opportunities, carries global market risks. Due to the declining domestic population, the feeling is growing that there is a shortage of human resources, including advanced engineers and high-level technicians with craftsmanship, known as takumi no waza. The structure of competitive power may undergo various changes because of the intensification of climate change, new materials technology and the rapid development of ICT technology, as exemplified by the Internet of Thing (IoT) and artificial intelligence. Both corporations and countries are increasingly asking for strategical insights . The strategical information offered by our company ranges from information relating to strategic planning at the level of a company’s business portfolio, business model and their creation of innovation, to continuously-monitored information pertinent to strategic planning and risk management on trends in new technology across the world and in standards, regulations and legislation in each country, which are relevant to day-to-day business activities. Our company is engaged with providing information at these kinds of various levels and we offer added-value by means of our standout feature; our ability to appraise technology from a manufacturing industry perspective.

We want to go forward to contribute to society, in line with the expectations of a wide range of people involved, through the provision of information which contributes to the industrial strategy and R&D strategy of the country, local areas and public organizations, and to the short-term and long-term solution of problems of companies in the manufacturing industry.