FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. (FUJIFILM)
Fujifilm (Holdings Corporation) is a global company with many production locations all around the world. The corporate philosophy is to help enhance the quality of life of people worldwide by using leading-edge technologies to provide top quality products and services that contribute to the enhancement of culture, science and industry, as well as improved health and environmental protection in society.
With 900 employees FUJIFILM Manufacturing Europe B.V. (FUJIFILM), located in Tilburg, the Netherlands, is one of the largest production sites outside Japan. FUJIFILM produces color paper and offset plates and accommodates a corporate R&D facility (Tilburg Research Laboratory, TRL) with 110 employees. Besides the color paper and offset plates, FUJIFILM develops and supplies membranes and membrane modules for the gas separation and water purification industry.
In 2006, FUJIFILM intensified its research for new products. TRL started R&D activities in the field of membranes design for sustainable energy and environment. Based on the core technologies, e.g., coating of thin functional layers and polymer chemistry, separation membranes for various industries were developed. The first achievements of FUJIFILM membrane technology were in the field of water purification. The development of a patented technology for the high-volume membranes production enables a breakthrough for cost-effective membranes resulting in lower total system and operational costs. FUJIFILM aims to meet the stringent demands in the drinking and waste water sector and renewable energy generation.
The R&D facility in Tilburg has excellent analytical and application capabilities, supporting breakthrough research activities, prototyping, pilot projects as well as scaling up and mass production of newly developed products.
FUJIFILM continuously strives for innovative product development through co-creation with business partners and customers. To facilitate collaboration, a European Open Innovation Hub was opened in Tilburg. This is FUJIFILM’s third Open Innovation Hub, next to the other hubs in Tokyo (Japan) and Silicon Valley (USA).
FUJIFILM coordinates the REvivED water project, providing overall strategic guidance and ensuring the overall project progress.
FUJIFILM leads development activities of the Brackish water desalination systems as well as development and field-demonstration activities of the Tap-water softening systems with a particular focus on designing and testing dedicated stacks.
Based on the core competence, FUJIFILM supplies membranes for the components and systems development as well as for the REvivED water field evaluations.
Other important tasks are coordination the exploitation activities through establishment of commercialization strategy as well as active participation in dissemination activities.
- Natalie Tiggelman (Coordinator & Innovation Manager)
- Ed van der Burg (Technical Leader)
- Jeroen van Nunen (Exploitation Manager)
- Michiel Biemans (Financial Manager)
- Erwin Toet (Technical Contributor)
- Marteen Meijlink (Technical Contributor)