Industry of Osaka

The Charm of Osaka: Major Industries

Major industries and bases that Osaka and Kansai lead in

There is an area of Osaka Prefecture from northern Osaka to Osaka Bay area where there is a concentration of advanced companies and research facilities.

1. A base for environmental technology and alternative energy - Osaka Bay Area -
2. A base for innovative drug development, medical equipment and regenerative medicine, etc. - Saito -
3. An accumulation of cutting-edge manufacturing companies - Higashiosaka -
4. An accumulation of “knowledge” aiming for innovation creation - Umekita -
Major industries and bases that Osaka and Kansai lead in

1. A base for environmental technology and alternative energy - Osaka Bay Area -

There is a concentration of environment and alternative energy related industries in Kansai, especially battery related industries. Also, in the Osaka Bay Area, the industry is not only batteries, but also renewable energy companies such as those involved in large-scale power generation from refuse combustion and megawatt class solar power generation, and also a plant factory research center. A megawatt class solar power plant (10 MW) has been run in the Yumeshima area by private business since FY2013.
As a result of trends like these, the Yumeshima and Sakishima areas have seen an accumulation of enterprises such as the manufacturing bases of R&D type companies and the areas are aiming to form a center for battery related innovation in Asia.

Megawatt class solar power generation, renewable energy and environment related facilities in the Osaka Bay Area
Solar power generation Solar power generation

The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Sakai Solar Power Station

Solar power generation Solar power generation

J-GREEN SAKAI

Biomass Biomass

DINS Sakai Co., Ltd.

Biomass



Biomass

Japan Novopan Industrial Co., Ltd.

The manufacturing of bioethanol through the sub-critical water reaction The manufacturing of bioethanol through the sub-critical water reaction

Rematec Corporation
Sakai SC Plant

R&D Center for the Plant Factory


R&D Center for the Plant Factory

Osaka Prefecture University
R&D Center for the Plant Factory

LNG combined cycle

LNG combined cycle

The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.
Sakaiko Power Station

LNG combined cycle

LNG combined cycle

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
Senboku Natural Gas Power Plant

LNG cold energy utilization LNG cold energy utilization

Osaka Gas Co., Ltd.
Senboku terminal

Power generation using general waste
(Super waste incineration power generation plant)
LNGコンバインドサイクル

Sakai Clean Center
Higashi facility 2nd Plant

Power generation using general waste



Power generation using general waste

Sakai Clean Center
Rinkai Plant

The volume of production and the domestic share of lithium-ion batteries and solar cell modules in the Kansai region
The volume of production and the domestic share of lithium-ion batteries and solar cells in the Kansai region

Source: INVEST OSAKA 2015, Osaka City

2. A base for innovative drug development, medical equipment and regenerative medicine, etc. - Saito -

Osaka has the second highest value output of pharmaceutical product preparation in Japan, at 624.8 billion yen(*). There is a long history of major pharmaceutical companies from Japan and overseas gathering in the area. The SAITO Life Science Park is a large base for research and technology development facilities in the life sciences field, including biotechnology, innovative drug development, medical equipment, regenerative medicine and foodstuffs. As of April 2012, there are about 1,550 researchers and others active at the Park.
*From Census of Manufactures 2013

Innovation facilities at the SAITO Life Science Park
Saito Bio Innovation Center Saito Bio Innovation Center
  • This facility is mostly for life sciences related venture companies that are one step on from the start-up stage and small and medium-sized companies that are developing a new business.
  • It is possible to use the neighboring animal experimentation facilities.
  • There is a facility for manufacturing investigational new drugs on the fourth floor, to support the research and development of venture companies.
Saito Bio Hills Center Saito Bio Hills Center
  • An authorized incubation facility (qualified for public support) that was established by Yashima Pure Chemicals Co., Ltd., a private company
  • A site for exchange at the SAITO Life Science Park (joint establishment of the Saito Bio Hills Club)
Saito Bio Incubator Saito Bio Incubator
  • The first public-built privately operated style incubation facility in Japan
  • Major cooperating university: Osaka University
  • Animal experimentation facilities have been jointly established on the first floor.

Inquiries regarding incubation facilities (Japanese only)
Bio-Sight Capital, Inc.
Inquiries regarding grounds for facilities inside the SAITO Life Science Park
Saito (International Culture Park) Promotion Council

Pharmaceutical manufacturing shipments from Kansai (2013)
Pharmaceutical manufacturing shipments from Kansai
Ranking Prefecture Value of product shipments (million yen) Domestic share
1 Saitama 916,732 12.1%
2 Osaka 678,073 8.9%
3 Shiga 516,430 6.8%
4 Shizuoka 504,422 6.6%
5 Hyogo 495,839 6.5%
6 Tokushoma 459862 6.1%
26 Kyoto 47,133 0.6%
27 Nara 46,118 0.6%
33 Wakayama 11,559 0.2%

Source: Census of Manufactures 2013,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

The proportion of domestic pharmaceutical company bases that are located in Kansai
Manufacturing and research bases
Manufacturing bases
Research bases

Source: Research report by the Development Bank of Japan

3. An accumulation of cutting-edge manufacturing companies - Higashiosaka -

Osaka has the greatest number of manufacturing establishments in Japan, at 18,229 companies(*). It is an area where the artisan spirit lives on, with more than 60% of industrial production taking place in small and medium-sized enterprises. There is a concentration of unique small and medium-sized businesses that take the top share globally, in areas from lock nuts, screws and machining to robots and toothbrushes. It forms an essential industrial base (supporting industry) for the development of new growth sectors and cutting-edge products.

(*) From Census of Manufactures 2013

“HARDLOCK nuts” have a solid good reputation around the world



HARDLOCK Industry Co., Ltd.
HARDLOCK Industry Co., Ltd.
A global share exceeding 70% for liquid crystal panel cutting machines (The photograph shows a cutting machine for small and medium-sized liquid crystal panels)
Mitsubishi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
Mitsubishi Diamond Industrial Co., Ltd.
Molds recognized by famous automobile manufacturers around the world



Yamanaka Eng Co., Ltd.
Yamanaka Eng Co., Ltd.
MOBIO (Monodzukuri Business Information-center Osaka) - Aiming to match up manufacturing company innovation

This is a comprehensive support base for manufacturing. It has been established within Creation Core Higashi Osaka in Higashiosaka City, to promote the matching up of small and medium-sized manufacturing company innovation. It develops and implements various support measures as a comprehensive center for business matching for manufacturing in Osaka. Administrative organizations such as the Osaka Prefectural Government Manufacturing Support Division and highly experienced coordinators from support organizations take a central role to try to bring people together and to try to bring technologies together, in order to increase the opportunities for new business.

4. An accumulation of “knowledge” aiming for innovation creation - Umekita -

The Osaka-Umeda terminal is used by an average of around 2.5 million people each day. “Grand Front Osaka” was opened in April 2013 as a new “town” at the gateway to Osaka. It has retail space of approximately 44,000 m² and 266 stores, making it one of the largest commercial facilities in an inner-city terminal location in Japan. It had a cumulative total of 7.61 million visitors during its first month of opening.
Private enterprises are cooperating to promote attractive and high quality manufacturing around the core of the “Knowledge Capital.” This is a base for intellectual creation to create the next generation of industries with the concept of creating new value through the fusion of sensitivity and technology.

Umekita


Knowledge Capital

The aim is that people such as businesspeople, researchers, creators and general users can combine the “sensitivity” and “technology” that they each have to create “new value.” The Knowledge Capital provides the “location” and “opportunity” for this and implements intellectual creation activities.

Knowledge Capital
Knowledge Capital