Research & Development

History

1888 Nippon Oil is established.
1889 Ogura Aburaten is established (becomes Ogura Oil in 1925).
1905 Kuhara Mining is established (becomes Nippon Mining in 1929).
1916 Nippon Oil opens a chemical research laboratory in Kashiwazaki (reorganized as a testing laboratory in 1921, control transferred to the Army in 1939).
1931 Mitsubishi Oil is established.
1933 Toyoshoko is established (becomes Koa Oil in 1941).
1938 Ogura Oil opens a research laboratory in Yokohama.
1939 Toa Nenryo Kogyo is established (becomes Tonen in 1989).
1940 Toa Nenryo Kogyo opens a research laboratory in Shimizu.
1941 Nippon Oil merges with Ogura Oil. Ogura Oil's Yokohama research laboratory is reorganized as the Central Research Laboratory.
1941 Mitsubishi Oil establishes a research department.
1945 Nippon Oil reorganizes the central research laboratory as a central technical research laboratory.
1949 Nippon Mining opens its Karasuyama testing laboratory.
1951 Nippon Petroleum Refining is established (becomes Nisseki Mitsubishi Refining in 1999).
1955 Nisseki Mitsubishi Refining is established (becomes Nippon Petrochemicals in 2002).
1958 General Sekiyu is established.
1959 Nippon Mining relocates its Karasuyama testing laboratory to Toda and reorganizes it as a central testing laboratory (reorganized as a central research laboratory in 1964).
1960 Kyushu Oil is established.
1961 Nippon Oil relocates its central technical research laboratory to Kawasaki.
1961 Toa Nenryo Kogyo relocates its research laboratory to Kamifukuoka and reorganizes it as a central research laboratory.
1965 Kyodo Oil is established.
1967 Nippon Petrochemicals opens a processing research laboratory (renamed a resin research laboratory in 1978).
Kashima Oil is established.
1971 Nippon Oil relocates its central technical research laboratory to Honmoku.
1971 Koa Oil opens its Osaka research laboratory.
1972 Mitsubishi Oil reorganizes its research department as a research laboratory.
1977 Kashima Oil opens a research laboratory.
1980 Toa Nenryo Kogyo reorganizes its central research laboratory as a corporate R&D laboratory.
1980 General Sekiyu opens its Kawasaki product research laboratory (reorganized as a central product research laboratory in 1981 and a central research laboratory in 1986).
1985 Nippon Mining reorganizes its central research laboratory as a corporate R&D laboratory.
1991 Nippon Petrochemicals opens the Fujisawa office of its new materials research laboratory.
1992 Nippon Mining and Kyodo Oil merge, changing the company name to Nikko Kyodo (becomes Japan Energy in 1993).
1993 Koa Oil closes its Osaka research laboratory.
1998 General Sekiyu closes its central research laboratory.
1999 Nippon Oil and Mitsubishi Oil merge, changing the company name to Nisseki Mitsubishi (becomes Nippon Oil in 2002).
The research laboratories of both companies are consolidated as a central technical research laboratory.
2000 Tonen and General Sekiyu merge, changing the company name to Tonen General Sekiyu.
2002 Nisseki Mitsubishi Refining and Koa Oil merge, changing the company name to Nippon Petroleum Refining.
2003 Tonen General Sekiyu relocates its corporate R&D laboratory to Ukishima and reorganizes it as a central research laboratory.
2005 Nippon Petrochemicals integrates its research and development department into Nippon Oil.
2008 Nippon Petroleum Refining and Nippon Petrochemicals merge.
2008 Nippon Oil and Kyushu Oil merge.
2010 Nippon Oil, Japan Energy, and Nippon Petroleum Refining merge, changing the company name to JX Nippon Oil & Energy.
The research laboratories of both companies are consolidated as a central technical research laboratory.
2017 JX Nippon Oil & Energy and Tonen General Sekiyu merge, changing the company name to JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy.
The research laboratories of both companies are consolidated as a central technical research laboratory.

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