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R&D, SKC’s core engine for sustained development

By setting up a R&D system that preemptively responds to rapidly changing market situations, SKC is striving to identify market conditions and technological trends so as to create greater values. Our R&D Center is the core engine that leads the sustained growth of SKC. Based on the technical superiority secured from previous businesses, our company conducts sustained R&D to identify future growth engine early in the game. Through such efforts, we were able to become a leader of the chemical and film material industry, also while making headways into the next-generation materials.

Our Materials R&D Center uses the experience and technological capabilities in the field of PO to develop next-generation polyurethane specialty products, while focusing on engineering plastic, vehicle weight reduction materials, and healthcare materials. In addition, with an extensive investment and support from the company, the center is able to conduct R&D to create next-generation businesses in areas such as semiconductor process material, wireless charging material, IT device material, and renewable energy material.

By providing experience and R&D capabilities gathered from various industries, SKC focuses on developing high value-added products and through this, lives up to its name as a global specialty marketer.

Achievements of SKC Advanced Technology R&D Center
  • 1 Korea’s first thermal contraction film for packaging
  • 2 Korea’s first color millbase for TCF-LCD
  • 3 Commercialization of polyimide film
  • 4 High-functioning optical film MLF(Micro Lens Film)
  • 5 Mass production of LMP(Low Monol Polyol)
  • 6 Rigid polyol technology
R&D Investments
Investment In Proportion to Sales
14

390Billion
KRW

2.07%

15

360Billion
KRW

2.21%

16

400Billion
KRW

2.93%

About Film R&D

Based on its core technologies gained through its film and chemical businesses, SKC secures future growth opportunities in IT, renewable energy, eco-friendly materials, and conducts R&D to strengthen its global competitiveness.

With forty years of film-related technologies, SKC Film R&D is working to diversify polyester film products, upgrade product quality, and prepare new specialty products that will drive tomorrow’s growth.

Key R&D Achievements
  • Heat Contraction Film Development of eco-friendly heat contraction film with outstanding contraction properties and no harmful substances. Second mass production in the world and highest market share in Korea. Won the Jan Yeong-sil Award in 2003.
  • Biodegradable PLA Film Biaxial oriented film made from PLA material with 100% biodegradable properties. First mass production and commercialization in the world. Won the 2009 Korean Technology Award and the 2009 Jang Yeong-sil Award.
  • PEN Film Film with durability and heat resistance. Used as high-functioning industrial material and insulating film. First production in Korea.
  • Reflective Film This core material for LCD back light unit has an outstanding reflective rates. An outstanding product was developed using superior design technology. Highest market share in Korea. Won the Minister of Knowledge Economy citation in 2012.
  • Silicone Release Film Zero defect in-line silicone coating processed product used as process protection film for industrial, display, and MLCC purposes.
  • PVDF Film First PVDF film mass production in 2012, based on superior technology in thin casting film production. Highest fluorine film market share in the world.

About Material R&D

Based on its core technologies gained through its film and chemical businesses, SKC secures future growth opportunities in IT, renewable energy, eco-friendly materials, and conducts R&D to strengthen its global competitiveness.

SKC Materials R&D develops specialty polyurethane materials and inorganic materials for the happiness of our customers and for the continuous development of SKC.

Specialty polyurethane R&D is based on long-term know-how and technology accumulated in the PO downstream. It is the leader of the next-generation materials industry. Representative materials will include jounce bumper, fine bubble material used for automobile suspension and headlamp bezel with high-functioning engineering plastic. In addition, our materials R&D team also develops highly flame retardant urea coating materials used in LPG tanks and functional glue used for solar panel back sheets, as per our client needs.

Besides polyurethane, we are also currently developing inorganic materials such as magnet-FCCL used for wireless charging and IT device close-range communication.

Key R&D Achievements
  • LMP (Low Monol Polyol) By developing and using special catalyst which replaces KOH (generally used when manufacturing polyol), we created a high-functioning polyol with a lower content of monol that reduces matter property during polyurethane manufacturing. First independently-developed LMP manufacturing catalyst in Korea.
  • Highly Flame Retardant Urea Coating Highly flame retardant coating used for LPG tanks. Protects the insulation layer of LPG tanks. Acquired UL 94 and DIN 4102 certification.
  • Solar Panel Back Sheet Film Lamination Glue Outstanding weatherproof film lamination glue. Formulated with the highest level of polyester polyol and polyurethane design to secure outstanding initial adhesion and durability.
  • Jounce Bumper Automobile suspension part made with polyurethane fine bubble foam. Used in various Korean and foreign automobile models.
  • Engineering Plastic Complex material with greatly enhanced plastic properties achieved by combining inorganic materials. Used in the manufacture of headlamp bezel, fender, automobile parts, and housing parts for various electronic products.
  • M-FCCL (Magnetic Flexible Copper Clad Laminate) Panel material for NFC, Samsung Pay, and wireless charging antenna etc. Made with organic and inorganic complex material technology. Currently used in Korean cellular phones as it is highly price competitive and may be made thinner.