Ever since the invention of the BINAP catalyst in 1980, Takasago has pioneered catalyst technology by constantly developing safe new catalysts that reduce environment footprint. It was, for example, the first company to produce ℓ-menthol industrially through asymmetric synthesis.
Demand for natural flavors and fragrances has been rising lately, especially in Europe and North America. In response, Takasago is undertaking development of products that more closely resemble their natural counterparts, tapping biotechnology in the process. We are also doing our part to help find solutions to global challenges like protecting the ecosystem by engaging in joint R&D with academia and harnessing the collective technological prowess of the whole Takasago Group.

Developing highly efficient catalysts with low environmental footprint

Takasago creates products that conserve energy and reduce waste through high-yield, low-waste catalytic reactions during the manufacturing process. They are also valuable for ensuring process safety: catalysts can be used to lower reaction temperature, for example.
Certain chemical structures have what corresponds to a right hand and a left hand. Asymmetric synthesis technology involves using only those elements of such structures that are needed, thus conserving resources and reducing waste. This technology is used for household products under the Chiraroma® brand name, and it is highly valued by European and North American drug manufacturers for its applications in the field of pharmaceutical intermediates. We also intend to develop reactions that make use of CO2 as a way to help further reduce CO2 emissions.

Conserving scarce natural resources

Ingredients for making fragrances have since ancient times been harvested from nature in such forms as flowers, tree sap, and animal secretions. Aromatic substances like sandalwood and musk remain in heavy demand still today, yet the species from which they are derived — the sandalwood tree, the musk deer — have become scarce, for which reason they are protected under the Washington Convention and international law.
Takasago is taking steps to prevent depletion of natural resources and protect biodiversity by utilizing the technologies it has honed over the years to synthesize natural aromatic compounds (or substances) artificially. We also seeking ways to conserve raw ingredients and reduce waste by, for example, developing fragrances that produce the desired aroma even when used in small quantities. And we are working on development of natural ingredients through fermentation by microorganisms, all in response to the needs of society.

A global approach to protecting the ecosystem

What with commodity prices soaring and regulations becoming more stringent around the world, Takasago has adopted a global approach to protecting the ecosystem and doing business sustainably.
Takasago Indonesia supports cultivation of patchouli, a plant necessary to certain essential oils. It thus conserves the species through sustainable production, besides ensuring a stable supply, generating local jobs, and promoting fair trade.
Takasago France has since 2011 played an active role in protecting vetiver and other plant species as a member of the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle (NRSC) of the Aromatic, Perfume, and Cosmetics Industry.

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