Olympus Corporation Shirakawa Facility
A production and R&D building newly built as part of the redevelopment plan for the entire Olympus Shirakawa Plant, covering a site footprint of 7.4ha. The new facility was expected to play multiple roles such as production base for the core parts of gastrointestinal endoscopes, and centralized purchasing hub for the Tohoku region. In providing PM services for the project, Yamashita PMC analyzed the flow of people to be involved in production of each precision machinery component, which is said to be as many as 50,000 items, and put together all requirements necessary for the facility. We also adopted a performance order scheme for construction contracting. The project also called for collaboration with experts in the field of civil engineering development due to the significance of the project scale, that required land preparation including urban development planning.
|Business owner||Olympus Corporation|
|Location||Nishigo-mura, Fukushima Prefecture|
|Building use||Plant, logistics warehouse|
|Total floor area||Approximately 28,500㎡|
|Structure||Column RC and beam S structure|
|Number of floors||1 floor below ground/6 floors above ground|
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Amidst the ever-evolving compositions and demands of market, more and more businesses are attempting to innovate management strategies and review R&D positioning. In the past, the R&D facilities are typically planned, maintained and operated mainly by initiative of the R&D department itself. However, recent R&D initiatives are more influenced by business management strategies, from the planning phase all the way to the operation phase. The key for success in such projects is a solid “R&D business strategy” which directly links to the management. What is essential in building a R&D business strategy is the integration of top-down decisions from the business management, and bottom-up proposals from R&D operations, based on which to structure the facility.