FP Corporation has undertaken technological innovation through means such as installing (and updating) state of the art manufacturing facilities, developing food containers using new materials, reducing the wall thickness of materials, reducing the weight of products, and developing new functions and materials.Going forward, FPCO will promote improved technology through cultivation of human resources, speed up the development speed of high quality value added new products, and thoroughly implement our basic posture as a manufacturer of "creating superior products at competitive prices and delivering them to our clients when they need them".
At manufacturing sites, technological innovations for accelerating lines while maintaining company product standards and improvements to manufacturing down to the fine details will be examined to promote quality improvements and cost reductions. In addition, productivity will be improved and technological strength will be increased by establishing education programs for cultivating operators and carrying out innovation activities for manufacturing. Furthermore, we will proactively review processes to reduce their energy loss and limit their environmental impact.
The FPCO Comprehensive Research Institute, which is housed in a four-story building with approximately 6,700m2 of floor space, was built opposite FPCO’s headquarters in Fukuyama-shi.
The research institute is fully equipped with leading edge research instruments and going forward it will carry out development of the next generation of products and cultivation of human resources.
Food containers made thinner to reduce weight and with ribs to increase strength
In consideration for the environment, along with decreasing the weight of food containers by making their walls thinner, we established new shaped designs which maintain their strength and technology for increasing the foam expansion ratio. We are continuing with the development of highly competitive products that realize reduced costs for raw materials.
One development is double-sided vacuum thermoforming technology, which has enabled the manufacturing of foamed polystyrene trays that are lighter and stronger than anything else on the market.
With the aim of reducing claims on products and performing each process appropriately and effectively, we are promoting the Product Development Project in which factory staff from around the country gather to verify results. Furthermore, we established the skills education and training body “technical education and training institute” to improve operator skills and ensure skill succession, as well as improve the productivity of human resources.